Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00112153: DONALD CRISP

Vintage black fountain pen signature on a 2x4-inch tan card, acquired in-person by an unstoppable New York City-based autograph hound in the late 1940s and decorated with a small magazine image. 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). He 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. Crisp 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).