Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0019753: FRANK ORTH

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Outstanding vintage 8x10-inch black and white comic portrait, boldly signed and inscribed to inveterate collector Esther Zidel in black fountain pen in the late 1930s.  Just the second signed image of Orth we've ever encountered, in excellent condition.  After a long run, opposite wife Ann Codee, on the vaudeville circuit, the two were signed by Warner Brothers in 1928, appearing in a long string of two-reel comedies through the early 1930s.  After a memorable turn in the Dick Foran oater Prairie Thunder in 1937, the short, plump, cigar-smoking character actor was increasingly called upon to play distinctly Irish cops, bartenders, pharmacists, grocery clerks, and town folk in scores of classic films.  Among his many credits were Young Dr. Kildare (1938), Nancy Drew, Detective (1938), Nancy Drew, Reporter (1939), Calling Dr. Kildare (1939), Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939), Fast and Furious (1939), At the Circus (1939), Dr. Kildare's Strangest Case (1940), His Girl Friday (1940), Dr. Kildare Goes Home (1940), Dr. Kildare's Crisis (1940), The People vs. Dr. Kildare (1941), Sergeant York (1941),  I Wake Up Screaming (1941), They Died with Their Boots On (1941), Dr. Kildare's Victory (1942), Tales of Manhattan (1942), The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), Buffalo Bill (1944), The Dolly Sisters (1945), The Lost Weekend (1945), The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), The Bride Wore Boots (1946), It Had to Be You (1947), The Big Clock (1948), Cheaper by the Dozen (1950), Father of the Bride (1950), and Houdini (1953).  From 1951 through 1953, he also portrayed Inspector Faraday on T.V.'s "Boston Blackie".  Orth died on St. Patrick's Day in 1959-- which was probably just the way he wanted it.