Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00151531: WALTER HIERS

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Scarce and charming vintage 7x9-inch sepia-tone matte-finish chest-up portrait, circa 1923, boldly signed and inscribed in fountain pen.  In good condition, with light silvering to the darker areas of the image.  The 235-pound vaudeville and silent comedy star, who occasionally dabbled in drama, was memorable in films like Seventeen (1916), The Mysterious Miss Terry (1917), What's Your Husband Doing? (1920) with Douglas MacLean, A City Sparrow (1920), James Cruze's Mrs. Temple's Telegram (1920) and Is Matrimony a Failure? (1922), The Fourteenth Man (1920), Sham (1921), Bought and Paid For (1922), Wesley Ruggles' Mr. Billings Spends His Dime (1923), Harold Lloyd's Speedy (1928) and A Holy Terror (1931).  In 1922, he headlined as Rusty Snow in the now lost early horror flick The Ghost Breaker (1922), which starred Arthur Edmund Carewe as a madman manufacturing spirit apparitions to torment visitors to his Spanish castle.  It was remade as The Ghost Breakers in 1940, with Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard replacing Wallace Reid and Lila Lee as the male and female leads.  With his career completely decimated by the advent of talking pictures, Hiers slipped into obscurity by the early 1930s and unceremoniously died at age 39, attributed to pneumonia related to his ever-growing weight.