Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0017811: CLARENCE MUSE

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Excellent, uncommonly early 5x7-inch sepia-tone portrait by Bruno of Hollywood, signed and inscribed in black fountain pen in 1932, the year of his appearance in the horror classic White Zombie. In good condition, with minor mounting remnants on the verso. African-American vaudevillian-turned-Hollywood character actor Clarence Muse was typically cast in stereotypical roles, such as busboys, porters, chauffeurs, and the like, but was allowed to tackle more substantive material as racial barriers fell in the 1960s onward. He made several notable contributions to the horror genre, appearing in the Bela Lugosi classic White Zombie (1932), Black Moon (1934), Invisible Ghost (1941), and The Soul of a Monster (1944). He also had a small role, as a porter, in Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943), which starred Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Holmes and Watson, respectively.