Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #000616: EDWARD BROPHY

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Exceptionally rare vintage signature in bold pencil on a 3.5 x 4.25-inch tan album page, acquired in-person in the 1930s. In good condition, with the writing against the upper edge. Prolific comic character actor Ed Brophy, remembered for his small build, bald head and raucous voice, entered films in 1919, appearing in bit parts until Buster Keaton cast him in The Cameraman (1928), unforgettable in the scene in which the pair attempt to undress in a tiny closet.  The two were thereafter reteamed for a long string of films, including Free and Easy (1930), Doughboys (1930), Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931), Speak Easily (1932), The Passionate Plumber (1932), and What-- No Bear? (1933).  From 1934 onward, Brophy popped up as scores of amusingly explosive gangsters, no-nonsense cops and dyspeptic authority figures in films like The Champ (1931), The Thin Man (1934), Shadow of a Doubt (1935), Great Guy (1936), Golden Boy (1939), Calling Philo Vance (1940), The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941), and The Thin Man Goes Home (1945).  He is remembered by horror, sci-fi and fantasy buffs for his portrayals of one of the Rollo Brothers in Tod Browning's Freaks (1932), the crazed killer in Mad Love (1935), Bill in The Invisible Woman (1940), Jake Shomberg in It Happened Tomorrow (1944), and Torso in Wonder Man (1945).  He entered the realm of screen immortality as the voice of Timothy Mouse in Walt Disney's feature-length cartoon Dumbo (1940).  Curtailing his activities in the 1950s, Brophy's last work was for director John Ford.