Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #005672: JACK WEBB

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Scarce vintage black fountain pen signature-- perfect for matting-- on a 4x5-inch off-white album page, acquired in-person in the 1950s and decorated with a Players Directory image. In good condition, with the affixed clipping coming close to the autograph, but removable, with care. No-nonsense Jack Webb began his career as a radio performer, briefly hosting his own satirical comedy series before finding his true metier in detective melodramas like "Pat Novak for Hire" (1948), which he co-developed with screenwriter Richard L. Breen. He entered films in the late 1940s, including a role as a police lab technician in the 1948 noir He Walked by Night (1948). Intrigued by the police procedure he'd learned while preparing for the part, Webb immersed himself in the subject until he felt ready to launch the first realistic radio cop show: "Dragnet", which premiered in 1949. He carried over his terse characterization of L.A. police sergeant Joe Friday into the "Dragnet" T.V. series beginning in 1952. Armed with a bottomless reserve of police terminology and a colorful repertoire of catchphrases, the laconic, ferret-faced Webb became one of the most successful-- and most widely imitated-- television personalities of his era.