Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00112152: DONALD CRISP

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Uncommonly early black and white image clipped from a movie magazine image, measuring 4.75 x 7 inches, boldly signed in black fountain pen for inveterate collector Mabel White in 1912. Two gentle mailing folds and very minor mounting remnants on the verso; otherwise, in good condition for its age. 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).