Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00041314: LIONEL ATWILL

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Rare and terrific 8x10-inch sepia-tone portrait, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen in the shadowy area in the bottom right of the image in the 1930s, during his horror movie heyday. In good condition, with a gentle surface crease traversing the area between his right ear and eye, which can probably be repaired by a conservation studio, if one so wishes. After performing Ibsen and Shaw on the London stage, distinguished British actor Lionel Atwill relocated to the United States, where he found new work playing aristocratic villains and mad doctors in silent and early talkie films. A Universal Pictures fixture and veritable a titan of the horror and science-fiction genres, he stole every scene as Dr. Xavier in Doctor X (1932), Dr. Von Niemann in The Vampire Bat (1933), Ivan Igor in Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933), Eric Gordon in Murders in the Zoo (1933), Jerome Breen in The Sphinx (1933), Inspector Neumann in Tod Browning’s Mark of the Vampire (1935), one-armed Inspector Krogh in Son of Frankenstein (1939), Walter Stevens in The Gorilla (1939), Dr. Rigas in Man Made Monster (1941), Dr. Benson in The Mad Doctor of Market Street (1942), Dr. Bohmer in The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), Dr. Fish in The Strange Case of Doctor Rx (1942), Dr. King in Night Monster (1942), the Mayor of Vasaria in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), and Police Inspector Arnz in House of Frankenstein (1944) and House of Dracula (1945).  He is also remembered for his appearances in several Sherlock Holmes and Charlie Chan pictures, most notably as criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1943), opposite Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.