Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #000615: PHYLLIS BROOKS

Uncommon 8x10-inch color publicity portrait for 1938's Straight, Place and Showsigned and inscribed in blue fine-tip pen for inveterate collector Paula Klaw in the 1970s. In good condition, with a nick to one corner tip. Charming Phyllis Brooks, who modeled for James Montgomery Flagg and was a regular in Ipana toothpaste ads, spent ten years playing supporting, and then leading roles in B-level and, occasionally, A-level mystery and crime flicks of the '30s and '40s. Of note were her performances in Two in the Dark (1936), Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937), Dangerously Yours (1937), Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938), City Girl (1938), Charlie Chan in Reno (1939), Slightly Dishonorable (1939), The Flying Squad (1940), The Shanghai Gesture (1941), No Place for a Lady (1943), High Powered (1945), and The Unseen (1945). She also starred in the Shirley Temple favorite Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938). In 1945, Brooks, who had previously been engaged to Cary Grant, married Congressman Torbert H. Macdonald, and completely abandoned Hollywood. While she occasionally signed for fans who contacted her via the mail, her autograph is rather scarce in any format.