Lot of 35 still photographs from the play Fortune & Men's Eyes.

Lot of 35 still photographs from the play Fortune & Men's Eyes.

Each of these photograph measures 10" x 8". Many are signed in the negative Miller [of] Hollywood. Five feature the studio stamp of Frank Edwards on the reverse. The photos are all a little curled at the edges, but otherwise all but one are in nice condition. This play by John Herbert about a young man's experience in prison explores themes of homosexuality and sexual slavery. It is the most published Canadian play. This production of the play was produced and directed by Sal Mineo in 1969 at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles. (Mineo had starred in the lead role during the play's 1967 initial run on Broadway, and played the predatory Rocky in this production.) In this production Don Johnson played the lead role of Smitty, a young man sentenced to six months in prison for marijuana possession, who eventually becomes the sexual subordinate of another inmate, Rocky. Michael Greer played the role of Queenie, Smitty's cellmate. Greer was one of the first openly gay actors to work in Hollywood. According to one commentator he would become the pre-eminent role model for all the openly gay actors that were to follow him. Many of the images show the young main characters in various violent poses. Others are individual portraits of actors in character and a few show actors in more or less intimate poses. Seven of the images show the actors and other production staff and partygoers at a social gathering. More than twenty of the photos feature lead actor Don Johnson, later of Miami Vice fame. Johnson was 19 at the time. The lurid play was a risky proposition for a young and mostly unknown actor at the time, but Johnson's performance was lauded and helped propel him to sex symbol and stardom.These photographs are guaranteed original photographic prints. Also included is an original 18pp. playbill from this production. (Item ID: 23734)

$375.00

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