Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0004331: LESLIE BANKS

Scarce oversize gelatin silver semi-gloss double-weight portrait by James Hargis Connelly of Chicago, signed in blue fountain pen:  "With all good wishes, / Leslie Banks."  In good condition for its age, with a crack at the lower left corner tip, light creases at the lower right and upper areas, and scattered handling dings.  The upper edge has been slightly trimmed, gently affecting the "i" in "wishes", so that the piece measures 9 7/8 x 12 5/8.  Overall, a very handsome item.  The esteemed actor, director and producer of the stage and screen excelled at playing gruff, menacing villains, capitalizing on extensive scarring to his cheek acquired in the First World War.  These included the murderous Count Zaroff-- the inspiration for the real-life Zodiac Killer-- in The Most Dangerous Game (1932) and the crazed Dr. Manetta in Chamber of Horrors (1940).  He was also memorable as Frederick Robbins in Maurice Elvey's early science-fiction film Transatlantic Tunnel (1935).