Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0015662: SELMER JACKSON

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Highly scarce vintage signature in indelible blue pencil on a 3x5-inch tan card, acquired in-person following a play appearance in August, 1935 and decorated with a small magazine image.  In good condition, with gentle toning and remnants of a photo corner to the upper right-hand edge.  The ubiquitous, silver-haired character actor was cast as judges, lawyers, doctors, high-ranking government or military men, and other authority figures in nearly 400 films of the 1930s and 1940s, including the Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera (1935), The Great Ziegfeld (1936), Showboat (1936), My Man Godfrey (1936), Jungle Jim (1937), Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939), Each Dawn I Die (1939), Scandal Sheet (1939), Dead End Kids at Military School (1939), The Green Hornet (1940), Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Brigham Young (1940), Santa Fe Trail (1940), Back Street (1940), Meet John Doe (1941), Sergeant York (1941), Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), They Died with Their Boots On (1941), Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc. (1941), The Strange Case of Dr. Rx (1942), Saboteur (1942), The Cobra Strikes (1948), Magnificent Yankee (1950), Devil Goddess (1955), and Autumn Leaves (1956).  He is remembered by horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery buffs for his supporting roles as newspaper man Willard Keefe in Doctor X (1932) with Lionel Atwill, an officer in Revolt of the Zombies (1936) with Bela Lugosi, J.L. Lansing in Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936), Hudson in Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936), a Navy commander in Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937), Dr. McCulty in The Ape (1940) with Boris Karloff, judges in The Strange Case of Doctor Rx (1942) and Mighty Joe Young (1949), the Secretary of State in The Lost Missile (1958), and Admiral Terhune in The Atomic Submarine (1958).