Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00164542: MONTAGU LOVE

Scarce and excellent vintage 7.4 x 9.4-inch matte-finish silver-tone studio portrait, signed and inscribed in black fountain pen in the late 1910s or early 1920s for Gino Corrado, a fellow silent and early talkie character actor. In fine condition, with very mild silvering around the edges and the writing uniformly penned against the dark fabric of his jacket, but generally readable. The borders may have been trimmed. Burly British actor Montagu Love is remembered as the nastiest villain of the silent screen, menacing Rudolph Valentino in Son of the Sheik (1926), John Barrymore in Don Juan (1926) and Lillian Gish in The Wind (1928).  In the talkie era, he found a softer part of himself, playing avuncular, affable sorts in films like A Damsel in Distress (1937), The Adventures of Robinhood (1938) and Gunga Din (1939), as well as historic leaders, in the period films Alexander Hamilton (1931), The Prince and the Pauper (1937), The Sea Hawk (1940), and The Remarkable Andrew (1942). Throughout his career, Love made memorable contributions to the horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery genres, with roles in The Brand of Satan (1917), The Last Warning (1929), Midstream (1929), The Mysterious Island (1929), The Cat Creeps (1930), The Mystic Hour (1933), and the Basil Rathbone favorite Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942).