Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0016314331: OTTO LEDERER

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Extremely rare irregularly trimmed pencil signature from the 1930s, affixed to a 4x6-inch pale yellow autograph album page by the previous owner.  The autograph itself has a light diagonal crease and some staining, and there is some waviness from the glue beneath; the page is in very good condition.  Compromised, but offered mainly due to scarcity, as this is just the second example we have seen in 30 years.  Craggy-looking Eastern European character actor Otto Lederer appeared in over 120 silent and early talkie films, including the first film adaptation of The Wizard of Oz (1925), The Jazz Singer (1927) and the Laurel and Hardy flick You're Darn Tootin' (1928).  After 1932, he transitioned to new work as a movie make-up artist, working on a number of classic horror films, sometimes alongside Jack P. Pierce at Universal Studios, including The Old Dark House (1932), Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Raven (1935), The Invisible Ray (1936), Dracula's Daughter (1936), and Tower of London (1939).  He assisted in making up the likes of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone, Elsa Lanchester, Charles Laughton, Colin Clive, Ernest Thesiger, and Gloria Holden!