Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0011212321: CATHERINE CRAIG

Rather uncommon inscribed blue fountain pen signature on a 4x6-inch off-white card, acquired in-person by inveterate autograph hound John Virzi in the 1960s and decorated with a Players' Directory image. In good condition. Despite her classy aura, superb diction and considerable acting talent, Catherine Craig was somehow relegated to B-pictures through 1947, most notably Doomed to Die (1940) with Boris Karloff,  Murder Over New York (1940), Manhattan Heartbeat (1940), Las Vegas Nights (1941), West Point Widow (1941), Parachute Nurse (1942), Showboat Serenade (1944), and The Bride Wore Boots (1946). She went on to gain critical praise for her portrayals of a lifeboat survivor in Seven Were Saved (1947), a wealthy woman menaced by a conniving Albert Dekker in the crime thriller The Pretender (1947), and an innocent-eyed prairie flower, opposite Randolph Scott, in Albuquerque (1948). Just as her career was gaining steam, however, she abandoned acting to settle down with husband Robert Preston. He, of course, would ultimately return to the Hollywood arena following their marriage, as Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man (1962).