Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #000604: HENRY BRANDON

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Rare and nifty vintage 7.5. x 9.5-inch black and white publicity portrait as Barnaby in Babes in Toyland (1934), his best-loved role, boldly signed and inscribed in blue ink, probably in the 1960s. Trimming to all four borders and some light surface crinkles, chiefly visible when the photo is viewed head-on; otherwise, in good condition. Best known for his portrayal of unsightly, stooped-over Silas Barnaby in the Laurel and Hardy classic Babes in Toyland (1934), character actor Henry Brandon played numerous other vile villains and assorted unsavory persons, sometimes of Indian, Arab, Persian, Turkish, Native American, East Asian, and other ethnicities.  He was a regular in serials, despicable as Cobra in Jungle Jim (1937), the criminal mastermind Blackstone in Secret Agent X-9 (1937), Captain Lasca in Buck Rogers Conquers the Universe (1939), and the titular evil doctor in Drums of Fu Manchu (1940).  He was also memorable as the nasty opera manager who signs Alfalfa to an unbreakable singing contract in Our Gang Follies of 1938, and in Killer at Large (1936), Island Captives (1937), Beau Geste (1939), Dark Streets of Cairo (1940), Doomed to Die (1940), Joan of Arc (1948), Tarzan's Magic Fountain (1949), the sci-fi favorite The War of the Worlds (1953), Scared Stiff (1953), Vera Cruz (1954), The Ten Commandments (1956), The Land Unknown (1957), The Searchers (1958), Auntie Mame (1958), Two Rode Together (1961), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), and To Be or Not to Be (1983).  In 1953, Brandon lent his grim features to Captain Hook in Walt Disney's animated classic Peter Pan.