Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001781: CLARENCE MUSE

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Quite uncommon vintage 8x10-inch black and white publicity portrait, boldly signed in green felt-tip pen in 1976, using the doctoral title he received four years earlier. In fine condition, with mild creasing to the right border, not affecting the image itself. 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.