Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0010062: STANLEY "STASH" CLEMENTS

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Highly scarce vintage fountain pen signature on a 3.5 x 4.5-inch pale yellow autograph album page, acquired in-person by inveterate collectors Rose and Irene Gellar in the late 1940s or early 1950s, and decorated with a Players’ Directory biography.  In good condition, with an uneven left edge, which could readily be trimmed, and an ink signature of Roland Winters on the verso.  Goofy comedian and character actor Stanley “Stash” Clements began his career in B-pictures, including a few East End Kids flicks of the 1940s, perhaps most notably Ghosts on the Loose (1943) with Bela Lugosi.  He went on to more substantive work in classic films like They Got Me Covered (1943), Going My Way (1944), Salty O’Rourke (1945) and Johnny Holiday (1949), in which he was so memorably cast against type as a psychopath.  In 1956, Leo B. Gorcey left the Bowery Boys franchise and Clements stepped in, comfortably settling into the role of Huntz Hall’s sidekick in seven installments.  He gradually vanished from the screen in the 1960s, save for a bit as a detective in It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World in 1963 and, for autograph collectors who try to amass examples on everyone in the film, his is one of the tougher signatures to locate.  The actor died of emphysema at the age of 55, just 11 days after the demise of his beloved wife, Gloria Grahame.