Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001388: FRANCIS FORD

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Ultra-rare vintage signed sentiment in bold fountain pen on a lined 3x5-inch card, probably dedicated to reporter and autograph collector Jimmy Starr, dating to the 1930s or 1940s.  In very good condition.  The prolific film actor, director and screenwriter, who was the elder brother of John Ford, appeared in nearly 500 silent and early talkie classics, more often than not cast as ruthless, unsavory men of authority.  Despite his tremendously varied career, his signature is most heavily sought by fans of the horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery genres, particularly for his role as Hans in James Whale's Frankenstein (1931)-- the villager who carries dead Maria into town, declaring, "She's drowned... She was MURDERED!"  He was also memorable in the Sherlock Holmes flick A Study in Scarlet (1914), The Mysterious Leopard Lady (1914), The Craving (1918), Charlie Chan's Greatest Case (1933), Charlie Chan's Courage (1934), Charlie Chan's Secret (1936), Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936), The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1942), The Climax (1944), and Hangover Square (1945).  This is just the fifth example of Ford's autograph we have ever encountered.