Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00164542: MONTAGU LOVE

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Uncommonly early black and white image clipped from a movie magazine image, measuring 4.5 x 6.25 inches, boldly signed in black fountain pen for inveterate collector Mabel White in 1912. Two gentle mailing folds and thinning to the upper right-hand corner tip; otherwise, in good condition for its age. 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).