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    Henry Calvin Award from the Cast of "Kismet" and a Photo of Calvin Holding the Award. A framed, one-of-a-kind "award" given by the cast of Broadway's Kismet to Henry Calvin for truly heroic behavior during a fire at the theatre! Before finding Hollywood fame as rotund Sgt. Garcia in Walt Disney's Zorro TV show, Calvin was a musical actor on Broadway, scoring a hit as "the Wazir of Police" in Kismet, which had opened December 3, 1953 at the Ziegfeld Theatre. On January 8, 1955, a fire broke out backstage at the Ziegfeld, and Calvin, in character, managed to keep order in the cast and the audience. The award presented him by the company reads in part..."..Henry Calvin did appeal to the groundlings and the others, in the character of the fat and famous 'Wazir of Police,' to 'Pray, tarry yet awhile,' and to 'Hold, Friends' and 'Stay, I beseech you', thereby preventing hysteria and panic and multiple tramplings and maimings and numerous lawsuits even to the seventh generation..." The framed, 13" x 25" display is signed by the show's stars William Johnson (who had replaced Alfred Drake) and Julie Wilson (who had replaced Joan Diener) and over 40 other members of the company. The lot includes an 8" x 10" photo of Calvin proudly holding the award. Some fading of the signatures - Very Good condition. Good to realize that, in real life, "Sgt. Garcia" could be as brave as Zorro!

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    October, 2007
    6th-7th Saturday-Sunday
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