Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001673192: GEORGE MEEKER

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Rare vintage inscribed blue fountain pen signature on a 4x6-inch tan card, acquired in-person by indefatigable autograph hound John Virzi in the 1960s. In good condition. George Meeker, ever-sinister-looking character actor of the stage, and silent and early talkie screens, was frequently cast as philandering cads, spineless wastrels, steely-eyed murder suspects, or respectable businessman concealing lives of crime.  His many memorable film credits, more often than not B-pictures, included John Ford's Four Sons (1928), the mystery Thief in the Dark (1928), Strictly Dishonorable (1931), Back Street (1932), Merry-Go-Round (1932), Only Yesterday (1933), King for a Night (1933), The Dragon Murder Case (1934), Murder on a Honeymoon (1935), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Stella Dallas (1937), Marie Antoinette (1938), Spy Ship (1942), The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), Crime, Inc. (1945), and Below the Deadline (1946).  He made several contributions to the horror, sci-fi and fantasy film genres, most notably Night of Terror (1933), in which he manages to out-evil Bela Lugosi; Son of Dracula (1943); Dead Man's Eyes  Eyes (1944); the Superman cliffhanger series; and The Invisible Monster (1950). Beyond his horror work, Meeker's autograph is highly collected as a result of his appearances in two Hollywood classics: Gone with the Wind (1939), in which he portrayed a no-nonsense, poker-playing captain, and Casablanca (1942), memorable as the white-suited gent who turns to Bogart after the arrest of Peter Lorre and sneers, "When they come to get me, Rick, I hope you'll be more of a help!"