Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0010121: EDDIE CLINE

Sorry, this item has already been sold.

Compromised, but ultra-rare vintage inscribed pencil signature on a 3.25 x 6-inch pale green album page, acquired in-person by child autograph collector Regina Small on the Screenland Express in 1927.  Creased in a few spots, with three tears repaired with tape on the verso, but, overall, in fairly good condition for its age.  This is just the second example of his signature we have ever encountered.  Edward "Eddie" Cline is said to have begun his movie career, following a long run in vaudeville, as one of the Keystone Kops, also appearing in supporting roles in other Mack Sennett comedies, alongside Buster Keaton, Mabel Normand, Ford Sterling, Mack Swain, Syd Chaplin, Charles Murray, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Charley Chase, Al "Fuzzy" St. John, and other luminaries.  After 1916, he became increasingly active behind the camera, writing gags and scenarios for Sennett, and either directing or co-directing a steady stream of two-reelers for Keaton, Sterling and Swain.  An expert in slapstick comedy with an unerring sense of timing, Cline was consistently in demand by Hollywood studios during the 1920s and served short-term contracts with Fox, where he worked on the Sunshine comedy series; Pathe; First National; MGM; Paramount; and Universal.  During the talkie era, he was the favorite director of W.C. Fields, partly because he allowed the great, wisecracking ham to ad-lib at will, and the two unforgettably collaborated on You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939), My Little Chickadee (1940), The Bank Dick (1940), and Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941).