Rare 1949 Blackguard Returns signed program
Desirable and uncommon pairing of Ed Wood items, including: a program for the 1949 play The Blackguard Returns, opened to an approximate size of 18 x 11.75, signed and inscribed in fountain pen by seven actors on two cast member photo pages, including Wood, “To ‘Don’ (Movie Man) Nagle, good luck always—may we be friends always, Edward D. Wood, Jr.”; and a working script for the 1959 film Night of the Ghouls by Edward D. Wood, Jr., 81 pages, 8.5 x 11, property of Atomic Productions, Inc., no date (title page bears pen notations dating to November and December, 1958). Script features several notations in an unknown hand, including strike-throughs and emendations; and a rough scene outline for an unfinished project titled ‘The Gun’ is penned on the reverse of page 81. Accompanied by a four-page scrapbook belonging to actor Don Nagle, which includes newspaper clippings (two negative reviews for Wood productions), and a playbill for a showing of the four-act play The Blackguard Returns, held at the Gateway Theatre in Los Angeles. The Blackguard Returns program is expertly framed and matted to an overall size of 23.75 x 17.5, with a nameplate on the front and a window on the reverse for viewing the front and back covers of the program. In overall fine condition. Actor Don Nagle appeared in several Wood productions, including boot commercials, campy theatre productions, and five feature films such as Jail Bait, Crossroads of Laredo, Crossroad Avenger: The Adventures of the Tucson Kid, Bride of the Monster and, its quasi-sequel, the aforementioned Night of the Ghouls. Wood completed the principal photography and rough cut of Night of the Ghouls by late 1958, but because he was unable to afford the post-production work, the film was shelved for decades and only finally released on home video in 1984 when film archivist Wade Williams located the negative and paid its long overdue bills. The James Collings Collection. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.