Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0014121: KARL FREUND

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Extremely rare vintage signature in black ink, handsomely matted in light blue with a book image and an 8x10-inch black and white shot from the set of The Mummy (1932), all housed in a thin black frame.  In very good condition and terrific for display.  The autograph itself is closely-cropped and has been affixed to a larger slip of tan paper, allowing for more room around the signature in the matte window.  The innovative cinematographer helped to create some of the most visually beautiful horror, sci-fi and fantasy films of the silent era, including Max Reinhardt's Der Insel der Seligan (1913); Rudolf Meinert's Sherlock Holmes film Der Hund von Baskerville (1914); F.W. Murnau's Der Bucklige und die Tanzerin (1920) and Der Januskopf (1920); Paul Wegener's The Golem (1920); Rochus Gliese's The Lost Shadow (1921); and Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927).  Throughout the 1930s, he made major contributions to Universal Studios' horror series, including Tod Browning's Dracula (1931) and Robert Florey's Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932).  In 1932, he made his directorial debut with the Boris Karloff classic The Mummy and went on to direct Mad Love in 1935.  He snagged an Oscar for The Good Earth in 1937.