Joe E. Lewis 1940's Copacabana Nightclub Program Signed Autograph New York Photo Diecut
This item is a great piece of memorabilia from the Copacabana Nightclub in New York. The item is a 4 1/2" X 8', cardboard program/advertisement from the 1940's for Monte Proser's New Fall Revue at the Copacabana. The revue stars Joe E. Lewis and when the program is opened-a photo of Joe E. Lewis wearing a chorus girl hat "pops up" at the top of the program. The program lists other featured artists (Noro Morales,The Samba Sirens,Marilyn Hightower,etc),times of the show ("for dinner at 8-then at 12-and again at 2"- plus funny "quotes" from Joe E. Lewis.Joe E. Lewis (January 12, 1902 - 4 June 1971), (born Joseph Klewan), was an American comedian and singer.
In 1927, Lewis refused the request of Jack "Machine Gun" McGurn (an Al Capone lieutenant) to renew a contract that would have bound him to sing and perform at the "Green Mill Cocktail Lounge", which was partly owned by Capone. After refusing, because he had been offered more money by a rival gang to appear at their own club - "The Rendezvous", he was later assaulted in his hotel room, mutilated and left for dead. It took him a few years to learn to speak again.
"It's post time!" - a reference to horses at the starting gate - after which he would start a new cocktail.
"A friend in need is a pest."
"You're not drunk enough if you can still lie on the floor without hanging on." In the film The Joker Is Wild (1957), Lewis was portrayed by Frank Sinatra.The program has been autographed on the inside by Joe E. Lewis in blue fountain pen.....................BOTH PROGRAM AND AUTOGRAPH ARE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.......................