Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00122311: CYRIL DELVANTI

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Highly rare vintage inscribed fountain pen signature on a 3x5-inch tan card, acquired in-person by inveterate collector Lee Gold in the 1950s and decorated with a small magazine image. In good condition. Skeletal, white-haired English character actor Cyril Delvanti was a regular in sci-fi serials and B-level horror flicks, popping up as alien rulers, undertakers, coroners and frenzied townsfolk in films like Buck Rogers (1939), Night Monster (1942), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), Phantom of the Opera (1943), Son of Dracula (1943), The Lodger (1944), The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944), The Jade Mask (1945), I Bury the Living (1958), and Soylent Green (1973). He was also memorable in four classic episodes of T.V.'s "The Twilight Zone", entitled "A Penny for Your Thoughts" (1961), "The Silence" (1961), "A Piano in the House" (1962), and "A Passage on the Lady Anne" (1963). Elsewhere, he played assorted shopkeepers, accountants, butlers, and academics in Man Hunt (1941), Phantom Lady (1944), Ministry of Fear (1944), Charlie Chan in the Jade Mask (1945), Sherlock Holmes: The House of Fear (1945), The Phantom of 42nd Street (1945), Charlie Chan in the Shanghai Cobra (1945), Deception (1946), Limelight (1952), Sabu and the Magic Ring (1957), Bye Bye Birdie (1963), Mary Poppins (1964), Dead Ringer (1964), The Night of the Iguana (1964), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), and other classic films.