Memo from Max Showalter, 5,5 x 9 inches , addressed to a certain “Liliane” .
Short letter in which he writes that he likes Austria and send Holiday greetings. Clear writing, clean.
Also added is a 1995 Pictorial Gazette article showing Showalter in “ Niagara” in a scene with Marilyn Monroe. This has been sent by Showalter in his reply letter.
20th Century-Fox chieftain Darryl F. Zanuck was a fan of Showalter's work; the producer hired Showalter as a Fox featured player, but not before changing his name to the more "box-office" Casey Adams. While there were a few leading roles, notably as Jean Peter's obtuse husband in Niagara (1953), for the most part Showalter/Adams' film career was confined to brief character parts (e.g. Return to Peyton Place  and The Music Man ).
While still traveling under the alias of Casey Adams, Showalter appeared in a half-hour pilot film titled It's a Small World (1956); on this one-shot, the actor originated the role of Ward Cleaver, a role that would ultimately be assumed by Hugh Beaumont when Small World matriculated into Leave It to Beaver. Shedding the Casey Adams alias in the mid '60s, Max Showalter remained a busy character player into the '80s.
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