Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00041111: ROSCO ATES

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Highly uncommon vintage 10x8-inch glossy black and white RKO Radio Pictures studio portrait by Ernest Bachrach, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen in the early 1930s, around the year he appeared in King Kong (1933). In fine condition, with a very mild diagonal bend to the top left corner tip and scattered light thumbing bends in he background along the right edge, all completely invisible when the photograph is viewed head-on. Stuttering silent and early talkie character actor Rosco Ates is remembered as the henpecked husband of one of the conjoined Hilton Sisters in Tod Browning’s horror masterpiece Freaks (1932). The following year, he played a press photographer in the closing sequence of King Kong (1933). His countless other credits in other film genres included The Champ (1931), Alice in Wonderland (1933), Gone with the Wind (1939), Sullivan's Travels (1941), The Palm Beach Story (1942), and Inner Sanctum (1948).