Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #000451212: JOHN BARRYMORE

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Rare and choice vintage black fountain pen signature on a 3x5-inch portion of a tan autograph album page, acquired in-person in the 1910s or 1920s. In fine condition and excellent for matting with a favorite photograph. Perhaps as a sort of rebellion against the fuss surrounding his good looks, dashing stage and screen star John Barrymore intentionally sought out roles demanding physical distortion, grotesque make-up or floridly bizarre behavior. He found his starring roles in the horror classics Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) and Svengali (1931) far more gratifying than his wildly popular turns in Don Juan (1926) and Grand Hotel (1932). He was also memorable as the crazed puppeteer Vladimir Tsarakov in The Mad Genius (1931) and Professor Gibbs in The Invisible Woman (1940).