Classic Entertainment Autographs


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Scarce vintage 8x10-inch matte-finish black and white portrait, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen in the late 1930s. In good condition for its age, with pinholes in all four corners. Fussy, frenetic character actor Franklin Pangborn actually began his career playing romantic leads and villains on the stage, but his serious side went out the window after he was signed by Mack Sennett to play assorted supporting characters in comedy shorts of the late '20s and early '30s. He was thereafter regularly cast as hilariously compromised husbands, flustered clerks and floorwalkers, nosy neighbors, and exasperated hotel managers, who always seemed to be dragged into a control freak's worst conceivable nightmare. Among his many classic film credits were Menu (1933), Imitation of Life (1934), The Mandarin Mystery (1936), Step Lively, Jeeves! (1937), She's Dangerous (1937), A Star Is Born (1937), Stage Door (1937), Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938), Just Around the Corner (1938), Topper Takes a Trip (1938), The Bank Dick (1940), Sullivan's Travels (1941), Now, Voyager (1942), The Palm Beach Story (1942), Hail the Conquering Hero (1944), Reckless Age (1944), and The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945).