Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00051101: HERMAN BING

Scarce and nifty vintage 8x10-inch black and white portrait, boldly signed in black fountain pen, beneath a playful sentiment, in the 1930s. A bit of paper loss near the bottom border, affecting a small area of his jacket, and a few minor handling dings; otherwise, in fine condition for its age. Herman Bing was imported from Germany by close friend F.W. Murnau, with whom he worked on the script and camerawork for the silent classic Sunrise (1927). After additional production projects with John Ford and Frank Borzage, he embarked upon a new career as a comic character actor, typically cast as hotheaded Teutonic types with hilariously dense accents. Among his many memorable credits were The Great Lover (1931), Men of Chance (1931), the horror gems Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) and The Black Cat (1934), Week-End Marriage (1932), A Farewell to Arms (1932), Tod Browning's Fast Workers (1933), Dinner at Eight (1933), The Bowery (1933), The Cat's-Paw (1934), The Mighty Barnum (1934), The Misses Stooge (1935), The Call of the Wild (1935), The Great Ziegfeld (1936), The Great Waltz (1938), Disney's Dumbo (1941), and Night and Day (1946). Despondent over increasing difficulty securing film roles, Bing committed suicide by gunshot in 1947, aged only 57 years. His autograph is rather elusive in any format.