Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0013232061: CLIFF EDWARDS

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Extremely rare vintage 5x7-inch sepia-tone portrait, signed and inscribed in black fountain pen in about 1935. In fine condition, with corner pin holes; mounting remnants on the verso; and the ink just a hint light, but clear and legible. Naughty Cliff Edwards first gained fame as pop musician Ukulele Ike, repeatedly getting himself into hot water for rique lyrics like, "I'm gonna give it to Mary with love-- I mean a diamond!" With the advent of talking pictures, he was increasingly called upon to croon on celluloid, making his debut in The Hollywood Review of 1929. He was thereafter a busy character actor, memorable as Poggle in Sidewalks of New York (1931), a reminiscent soldier in Gone with the Wind (1939) and Endicott in His Girl Friday (1940). He is best known, however, for his repeated collaborations with Walt Disney: In 1940, Edwards lent his distinctive, high, melodious voice to Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio and, the following year, to Jim Crow in Dumbo. His autograph is extremely elusive in any format and this is just the second signed portrait we have ever encountered.