Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001584214: BORIS KARLOFF

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Charming vintage 8x10-inch double-weight silver-tone publicity portrait by Vandamm Studios for his appearance in the Broadway production of "Arsenic and Old Lace" (1941), boldly signed and inscribed in the period of the play to his agent, Frank Tibbett. In fine condition, with a tiny bit of paper loss to the top right corner tip; mild creasing at the top left corner, barely impacting the background of the image; two light spots of grease staining in the background along the left edge; and a few very minor border flaws. Boris Karloff, sinister-looking English actor of the stage and screen, will forever be associated with his portrayals of Frankenstein's monster in Frankenstein (1931), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and The Son of Frankenstein (1939), and Imhotep in The Mummy (1932).  He was equally terrifying as the mesmerist in The Bells (1926), Abdul in Lionel Barrymore’s The Unholy Night (1929), Fedor’s father in The Mad Genius (1931), Jim Henderson in Behind the Mask (1932), the titular evil genius in The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), Morgan in The Old Dark House (1932), Professor Morlant in The Ghoul (1933), Hjalmar Poelzig in The Black Cat (1934), Edmond Bateman in The Raven (1935), Dr. Rukh in The Invisible Ray (1936), John Ellman in The Walking Dead (1936), Dr. Laurience in The Man Who Lived Again (1936), David Mallory in Night Key (1937), Mr. Jevries in The Invisible Menace (1938), Mord in Tower of London (1939), James Lee Wong in The Fatal Hour (1940), Dr. Kravaal in The Man with Nine Lives (1940), Dr. Garth in Before I Hang (1940), Dr. Adrian in The Ape (1940), Judge Mainwaring in You’ll Find Out (1940), Dr. Blair in The Devil Commands (1941), Professor Billings in The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942), Dr. Hohner in The Climax (1944), Dr. Niemann inHouse of Frankenstein (1944), cabman John Gray in The Body Snatcher (1945), General Pherides inIsle of the Dead (1945), Master Sims in Bedlam (1946), Voltan in The Strange Door (1951), Dr. Meissen in The Black Castle (1952), the title mad scientist in Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953), Don Gaetano in Il Mostro del Isola (1954), Phillip Knight in Voodoo Island (1957), James Rankin in The Haunted Strangler (1958), Baron von Frankenstein in Frankenstein— 1970 (1958), Dr. Bolton in Corridors of Blood(1958), Dr. Scarabus in The Raven (1963), Baron Von Leppe in The Terror (1963), Amos Hinchely in The Comedy of Terrors (1963), Nahum Witley in Die, Monster, Die! (1965), The Corpse in The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966), Professor Monserrat in The Sorcerers (1967), Matthias Morteval in House of Evil (1968), Dr. Mandel in The Fear Chamber (1968), Professor Marsh in Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968), Franz Badulescu in Blind Man’s Bluff (1970), Carl Van Molder in Isle of the Snake People (1971), and Professor Mayer in Alien Terror (1971), as well as on stage as Captain Hook in "Peter Pan" and Jonathan Brewster in "Arsenic and Old Lace."