Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00112152: DONALD CRISP

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Scarce vintage fountain pen signature on the clear verso of a 3x5-inch appointment slip, acquired in-person in the 1930s.  In good condition for its age, with a hint of toning and some gentle wear to the left edge.  Just right for matting with a favorite photograph.  Peerless Scottish character actor Donald Crisp was imported to Hollywood by D.W. Griffith in 1912, who cast him in dozens of films, most memorably as Ulysses S. Grant in The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Battling Burrows in Broken Blossoms (1919).  Crisp also demonstrated considerable talent as a director during the silent era, but, with the advent of sound, he focused entirely upon acting, equally adept at playing loving fathers and sinister schemers.  He snagged an Oscar for his starring role in John Ford's How Green Was My Valley (1941), and was unforgettable in The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1929), Svengali (1931), The Crime Doctor (1934), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), The Life of Emile Zola (1937), Jezebel (1938), The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938), Valley of the Giants (1938), Wuthering Heights (1939), Juarez (1939), Shining Victory (1941), the horror gems Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) and The Uninvited (1944), Lassie Came Home (1943), National Velvet (1944), and Pollyanna (1960).