Classic Entertainment Autographs


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Highly rare vintage 8x10-inch black and white portrait, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen in the early 1930s. In good condition, with gentle creasing to the upper left-hand corner. Before his suicide by gunshot to the head at the age of 52, precipitated by a career-ending stroke, sinister-looking Arthur Edmund Carewe played exotic, villainous types in films like The Phantom of the Opera (1925) with Lon Chaney, Count Orloff (1926), The Claw (1927), The Cat and the Canary (1927), Dr. X (1932), Mystery in the Wax Museum (1933), and Charlie Chan's Secret (1936). Interestingly, Carewe was approached by Tod Browning to play the title role in Dracula (1931), after Lon Chaney, whom Browning most wanted for the role, passed away. The part instead went to Bela Lugosi, who had portrayed the Count in the stage production.