Scarce vintage signature in black fountain pen on a 3x5-inch slip of lined notebook paper, acquired in-person in the 1940s. In good condition for its age. The
handsome, outgoing actor of the World War II era was one of the best of
Hollywood's so-called "victory bunch"-- an assortment of draft-proof
male performers who were assigned plum roles that would have normally gone to
top leading men, who were unavailable, due to military service. He was
superb as the conscience-stricken son of a lynch mob leader in The Ox-Bow
Incident (1943), and equally memorable in films like Song of Bernadette (1944), Wilson (1944), Wing
and a Prayer (1944), and The House on 92nd Street (1946). Alas, once
the war ended, he couldn't hold his own against Tyrone Power, James Stewart and
other returning stars, and he gradually abandoned Hollywood to concentrate on theater work.
He died tragically of hepatitis at the age of 38 and autographed material
is quite elusive in any format.