Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001446: CHARLEY GRAPEWIN

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Ultra-rare vintage 5x7-inch sepia-tone publicity portrait as Jeeter in Tobacco Road (1941), boldly signed and inscribed in blue fountain pen in 1944. In good condition, with the image a shade light, and encapsulated in a hard plastic shell with a label from the third-party authenticator P.S.A./D.N.A., from which it could be removed, if one wished. While best remembered for his portrayal of Uncle Henry in the fantasy classic The Wizard of Oz (1939), veteran character actor Charley Grapewin appeared in over 100 other classic films, almost uniformly cast as lovable old codgers.  His long list of credits includes Anne of Green Gables (1934), The Petrified Forest (1936), Captains Courageous (1937), The Good Earth (1937), The Shopworn Angel (1938), Of Human Hearts (1938), Sabotage (1939), Johnny Apollo (1940), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), and They Died with Their Boots on (1941).  Along with Clara Blandick, his autograph is one of the two rarest Oz stars to locate in authentically autographed material and this is the real McCoy.