Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0017811: CLARENCE MUSE

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Unusually early 4.75 x 6.75-inch black and white glossy photo, warmly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen to script coach Eylla Jacobs (Jacobus) in March of 1932-- the year he appeared in the horror classic White Zombie. In fine condition, with minor surface and edge wear. 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.