Classic Entertainment Autographs


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Scarce vintage fountain pen signature on a 4x6-inch pale green autograph album page, acquired in-person in the 1930s.  In good condition, overall, with some water staining to the edges and a a bit of soiling to the bottom area, none of which touches the writing itself. Nice for matting. Dark, physically imposing George Bancroft began his career playing heavies in westerns like James Cruze's The Pony Express (1925), but with the advent of talkies, was more commonly cast in gangster roles, most notably Josef Von Sternberg's The Docks of New York (1928), Underworld (1929) and Thunderbolt (1929).  For the latter, he received his only Oscar nomination.  Nearly impossible to work with as his ego grew to outrageous proportions, Bancroft was increasing relegated to character roles by the late 1930s, adding life to films like Mr. Deed Goes to Town (1936), A Doctor's Diary (1937), Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), Each Dawn I Die (1939), and John Ford's Stagecoach (1939).