Uncommonly early black fountain pen signature on a 4x5-inch orange autograph album page, acquired in-person in the late 1940s. In good condition and nice for matting with a favorite photograph. Alongside Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly was one of the most successful song-and-dance men in film history, a towering figure in the development and enduring success of the movie musical. After making his bones on Broadway, he was whisked off to Hollywood to star opposite Judy Garland in 1942's For Me and My Gal. He went on to wonderful work in classic films like Du Barry Was a Lady (1943); Thousands Cheer (1943); Anchors Aweigh (1946) with Frank Sinatra, which earned him an Academy Award nod; The Three Musketeers (1948); On the Town (1949); An American in Paris (1951), for which he took home a special Oscar trophy; the beloved Singin' in the Rain (1952); Brigadoon (1954); and Inherit the Wind (1960).