Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0016314331: OTTO LEDERER

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Extremely rare and quite perfect vintage black fountain pen signature on a 2x5-inch light blue autograph album page, acquired in-person in early 1940s. In good condition and excellent for matting with a favorite photograph. Just the fourth example we have seen in over 35 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!