""The Frightened Witness""   Lot no. 2445

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Feb. 19, 1957 (Estimated)
11.00" x 9.00"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Upper Left



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) for 1957 ABC-TV DuPont`s Cavalcade Thetare presentation `The Frightened Witness`, starring Dan Duryea, as Joe Kohler, a man who witnesses a mob hit and wants to go to the police but is threatened by the crime lords to keep quiet. This episode aired on Tuesday, Feb 19, 1957. The acclaimed series (transistioning from radio), debuted on NBC-TV in 1952 (as `Cavalcade of America` until 1955) and from 1953-57 was carried by ABC-TV until the series departure on April 30, 1957. On 20" x 14" illustration board, probably for the New York Herald-Tribune. Includes press snipe. 11" x 9" image. Fine condition.

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From the dawn of TV, from 1937 to 1967, George Wachsteter (1911 - 2004) was a prominent in-demand American illustrator and caricaturist. Next to Al Hirschfeld, Wachsteter was one of the most visible American theatrical caricaturists at the time. He produced theatrical, radio, television and film related images for the 3 major radio and television networks, NBC, CBS and ABC. Wachsteter's humorous and elegant line drawings were seen displayed in almost every American living room through the syndicated TV View guide, and prominently placed in most major newspapers, including the Times, Herald Tribune, New York Journal American, and New York World-Telegram. A gradual loss of his vision ended his career prematurely in the late 1960s.