Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0014231122: CHARLES GERRARD

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Extremely rare inscribed signature in green fountain pen on a 4x5-inch autograph album page, acquired in-person in 1944, during the time he was appearing in "Catherine the Great" at New York City's Schubert Theater.  Just the third example we've ever encountered!  In good condition, with negligible handling dings.  The familiar-faced Irish-born character actor of the stage and screen played Martin in Tod Browning's horror classic Dracula (1931), memorable in the scene in which he torments the deranged, fly-eating Dwight Frye in a sanitarium. Otherwise, beyond roles in a handful of mysteries like The Lone Wolf's Daughter (1928) and The Menace (1932), he was typically cast in high dramas, and silent and early talkie comedies.  Among his many notable credits were the Mabel Normand film The Pest (1919); Syd Chaplin's Her Temporary Husband (1923), The Man on the Box (1925) and The Better 'Ole (1928); and the Laurel and Hardy gem Another Fine Mess (1930).