Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001752: KAREN MORLEY

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Scarce and terrific 10x8-inch black and white image, flanked by Boris Karloff, in The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), boldly signed with her name alone in black felt-tip marker in the 1980s. In very good condition. After a promising performance in the Greta Garbo classic Mata Hari (1931), beautiful Karen Morley was hand-selected by producer Howard Hughes to play the blonde moll Poppy in the 1932 crime epic Scarface. She went on to shine in films like Arsene Lupin with John Barrymore (1932), The Phantom of Crestwood (1932), the horror favorite The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), Dinner at Eight (1933) with Jean Harlow, Our Daily Bread (1934), The Crime Doctor (1934), Black Fury (1935), The Girl from Scotland Yard (1937), Pride and Prejudice (1940), The Unknown (1946), and The Thirteenth Hour (1947). During an inquisition by the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947, she clammed up about her possible involvement in the Communist Party and her career came to a screeching halt. Afterward, she continued promoting left-wing causes and entered politics in 1954, with an unsuccessful run for New York Lieutenant Governor.