Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001423113211: BILLY GILBERT

Bold vintage blue fountain pen signature on a 4x6-inch tan autograph album page, acquired in-person in 1940 and decorated with a small magazine image. In good condition, with some toning in spots. Rotund character actor Billy Gilbert, remembered for his trademark sneeze-on-cue routine, appeared in nearly 200 silent and early talkie comedy shorts and features, often appearing alongside Laurel and Hardy, Charley Chase, Buster Keaton, the Our Gang Kids, Edgar Kennedy, Thelma Todd, Daphne Pollard, and ZaSu Pitts. He was unforgettable as Herring in Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator (1940).  Gilbert's many credits in other genres included Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), as Sneezy, and Mickey and the Beanstalk (1947), as Willie the Giant; the horror gems Mad Love (1935) and The Devil-Doll (1936); and the beloved classics Captains Courageous (1937), Destry Rides Again (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), and Anchors Away (1945).