Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001781: CLARENCE MUSE

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Uncommon vintage pencil signature on a 4x6-inch pale green autograph album page, acquired in-person in 1944. In good condition, with a negligible ink stain along the right edge, well away from the writing. 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.