Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001598212: BERT LAHR

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Scarce vintage inscribed black fountain pen signature on a 4x6-inch light green autograph album page, acquired in-person at New Jersey's Trenton Theater in the 1930s by the son of the owner. In good condition. Best known for his portrayal of the Cowadly Lion in The Wizard of Oz (1939), beloved comic character actor Bert Lahr had a long career on the Broadway and vaudeville stages, gaining popularity with his grotesque facial expressions, ad-libed one-liners, and plaintive expletive "gnaang, gnaang gnaang!" He made his starring film debut in Flying High (1931), but never truly caught on as a screen personality and rapidly returned to the stage. His lackluster film career has been attributed by some critics to his over-the-top gestures and reactions, which might have been too broad for the comparatively intimate medium of motion pictures.