"Composer and Musician Tony Mottola, "Mr. Big," Author of "Danger""   Lot no. 2453

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

1950 (Estimated)
9.50" x 6.25"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Upper Right



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) of Composer and Musician Tony Mottola, `Mr. Big`, author of the `Danger` chord for the 1950 NBC-TV show of the same name. A famous musical signature where a single repeated note is interrupted by a dramatic chord or sting, the device was named after the series which first utilized it as its theme, the CBS-TV suspense anthology, `Danger` (1950-55). It was one of the directors for `Danger` - Yul Brenner - who requested Mottolo to devise a unique score that had the same haunting effect as Anton Karis` zither score for the 1948 film, `The Third Man`. On 15" x 11" illustration board, probably for the New York Herald Tribune. Includes 8" x 10" photostats, negatives, etc . 9 1/2" x 6 1/4" image. Good condition, glue over title on sheet music, title in finished veresion is, of courswe, `Danger`..

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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.