Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00166212412: GEORGE MACREADY

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Quite scarce vintage inscribed black fountain pen signature on a 4x6-inch light green page, acquired in-person in the 1930s. In good condition, with a ragged left edge, where the page was removed from its album. "Cultured villain" actor George Macready, with his scarred cheek, aquiline features, distinct gravelly voice, and deliciously nasty delivery, was lured away from a celebrated stage career to play an uncharacteristically benevolent schoolteacher in Commandos Strike at Dawn in 1942. Thank goodness he rapidly regressed to his far more interesting bad guy or snarky authoritarian antics, unforgettable in a mixed bag of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, crime, western, and war flicks like The Seventh Cross (1944), Soul of a Monster (1944), The Missing Juror (1944), Counter-Attack (1945), My Name Is Julia Ross (1945), The Monster and the Ape (1945), Gilda (1946), The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (1946), The Man Who Dared (1946), The Return of Monte Cristo (1946), Down to Earth (1947), The Black Arrow (1948), Coroner Creek (1948), Knock on Any Door (1949), Johnny Allegro (1949), Rogues of Sherwood Forest (1949), Tarzan's Peril (1951), The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951), Detective Story (1951), The Golden Horde (1951), Julius Caesar (1953), Vera Cruz (1954), A Kiss Before Dying (1956), The Abductors (1957), Paths of Glory (1957), Gunfire at Indian Gap (1957), The Alligator People (1959), Seven Days in May (1964), Dead Ringer (1964), The Human Duplicators (1965), Count Yorga, Vampire (1970), Tora, Tora, Tora! (1970), and The Return of County Yorga (1971). He was also extremely active on television, appearing in heaps of classic episodes of programs like "Gunsmoke" (1958), "The Rifleman" (1958-1960), "Perry Mason" (1958-1963), "The Outer Limits" (1964), "The Twilight Zone" (1964), and "Peyton Place" (1965-1968). During an interview not long before his death, the veteran character actor remarked, with his usual twinkle,  "I like heavies. I think there's a little bit of evil in all of us."