Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00142212113: DWIGHT FRYE

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Ultra-, ultra-rare inscribed black fountain pen signature on a 3.25 x 5-inch tan album page, acquired in-person by an unidentified collector named Ed in the early 1930s. In fine condition for its age, with a square-shaped patch of toning left by previous display in a matte, and the writing just a hint light in spots. Accompanied by its original certificate from when it was sold via RR Auction some years ago. Note that the image of the star shown here alongside the scan of the signed piece is not included. Before his tragic death of a heart attack at the age of 44, unforgettable character actor Dwight Frye, who excelled at playing mentally disturbed or utterly eccentric characters, had key roles in a number of horror, sci-fi and fantasy classics. These included the mad-as-a-hatter Redfield in Tod Browning's Dracula (1931), the hunchbacked Fritz in James Whale's Frankenstein (1931), Herman Gleib in Frank R. Strayer's The Vampire Bat (1933), a reporter in Whale's The Invisible Man (1933), Karl in Whale's Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Dr. Thomas in John H. Auer's The Crime of Dr. Crespi (1935), Alex in Auer's Invisible Enemy (1938), Speavy in Ralph Staub's Sky Bandits (1940), a villager in Erle C. Kenton's The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), Zolarr in Sam Newfield's Dead Men Walk (1943), and Rudi in Roy William Neil's Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943). This is one of about 10 incontrovertibly authentic examples of his autograph known to exist.