Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001662122: HORACE MACMAHON

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Highly uncommon vintage 8x10-inch black and white chest-up portrait, signed in blue ballpoint pen and dated March of 1954.  Light surface creases, multiple pinholes to the borders and tears to the upper left- and right-hand corners; overall, in fairly good condition for its age, with most of the defects easy to remedy, with trimming or matting.  A former news reporter with a dark mug and streetwise attitude, he proved the ideal New York thug, henchman, impassive bouncer, or smart-mouthed cabby in crime yarns of the 1930s and 1940s, including The Last Gangster (1937), The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939), Another Thin Man (1939), and Lady Scarface (1941).  Following his success in the uncharacteristic good guy role of Lieutenant Monaghan in the 1949 Broadway play "Detective Story," he found new work on the other side of the law, playing hard-nosed cops and unrelenting gumshoes, most memorably Lieutenant Mike Parker on TV's "The Naked City" (1958).  His credits in other genres included roles as Danny Thomas' agent on "Make Room for Daddy" (1953), Mugsy in the sci-fi-themed comedy Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953), a bartender in a classic episode of "The Twilight Zone" entitled "Mr. Bevis" (1960), and one of the Penguin's henchmen on "Batman" (1967).