Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00173922: POLLY MORAN

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Highly scarce vintage handwritten, signed letter in black fountain pen on a sheet of tan stationery, mailed to World War II Air Force sergeant and inveterate autograph collector Frank M. Flack during his service in 1944. In good condition, with mailing folds in several places, and accompanied by the original transmittal envelope. Rowdy, no-holds-barred Polly Moran was considered second only to Louise Fazenda as Mack Sennett's funniest one- and two-reel comedy actress in the late 1910s. After 1923, she was paired up with fellow scene-stealing man-chaser Marie Dressler, riotous in eight classic films, including The Callahans and the Murphys (1927), Chasing Rainbows (1930), Caught Short (1930), and Politics (1931). The sound era was not quite the kick in the pants the comedienne had experienced in silents, but she survived, trouper that she was, in both servile and dowager roles through her premature death of a heart attack in 1952. Her extensive work in non-comedies included Tod Browning's The Blackbird (1926) and lost horror flick London After Midnight (1927), both alongside Lon Chaney, Sr.; The Thirteenth Hour (1927); Flesh and the Devil (1927); Show People (1928); The Unholy Night (1929); The Girl Said No (1930); Alice in Wonderland (1933); and Adam's Rib (1949).