Nifty vintage 8x10-inch black and white bust portrait, boldly signed and inscribed in fountain pen, circa 1939. Unusually early and in near-mint condition. Bracken played shy, bumbling leads and co-leads in sprightly comedies and light musicals, including Too Many Girls (1940), The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944) and Hail the Conquering Hero (1944). By the 1950s, his brand of humor was hopelessly out of style, and be abandoned Hollywood, to open what would prove a pitifully unsuccessful chain of movie theaters. He found new work as a character actor in his elderly years, playing warmhearted, avuncular typed in films like National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Oscar (1991) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992).