Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0005252: WARD BOND

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Scarce vintage violet fountain pen signature on a 4x6-inch tan autograph album page, acquired in-person in the 1940s or 1950s.  In good condition, with one or two minor bits of soiling well away from the writing, and ideal for matting.  Before his tragic death of a heart attack at the age of 57, the gruff, burly character actor had memorable roles in some of Hollywood's best-loved films, playing the ship steward in Chained (1934), a bus driver in It Happened One Night (1934), Mac in Black Fury (1935), Ranse Willard in The Cattle Thief (1936), Don Foster in Legion of Terror (1936), Fingers in the Boris Karloff flick Night Key (1937), Eddie the cabbie in Topper (1937), the doorman in Dead End (1937), an unruly churchgoer in Of Human Hearts (1938), a motorcycle cop in Bringing Up Baby (1938), Biff Moran in Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938), Tug in The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938), the detective Mike in You Can't Take It with You (1938), Yankee Captain Tom in Gone with the Wind (1939), a gate gendarme in the horror classic Son of Frankenstein (1939), John Palmer Cass in Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), a policeman in The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Ike Botkin in Sergeant York (1941), John L. Sullivan in Gentleman Jim (1942), Detective Tom Polhaus in The Maltese Falcon (1941), Moose Malloy in The Falcon Takes Over (1942), Bert in It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Sergeant Major Michael O'Rourke in Fort Apache (1948), McCarthy in The Time of Your Life (1948), La Hire in Joan of Arc (1948), Fr. Peter Lonergan in The Quiet Man (1952), Buffalo Baker in Hondo (1953), the Reverend Captain Samuel Johnson Clayton in The Searchers (1956), and Pat Weaver in Rio Bravo (1959).