Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00312531: GENE ROTH

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Rare vintage signature in blue ballpoint pen on an irregularly-trimmed 1.5 x 3-inch portion of a tan autograph album page, acquired in-person in the 1950s.  In good condition, with gentle toning in spots.  Tall, burly, menacing character actor Gene Roth was the quintessential heavy, abandoning his career as a movie house organ mover and installer to play villain roles in the Three Stooges shorts of the 1940s.  He went on to play henchmen, Nazis, thugs, gangsters, executioners, and brutal prison guards in The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler (1943), The Cross of Lorraine (1943), The Hitler Gang (1944), Charlie Chan in the Secret Service (1944), Secret Agent X-9 (1945), The Spider Woman (1945), The Shanghai Cobra (1945), Strange Illusion (1945), A Game of Death (1945), Crime, Inc. (1945), the Superman (1948) and Dick Tracy (1950) serials, and 5 Fingers (1952).  He popped up in kinder supporting roles in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, western, and crime films like Red Planet Mars (1952), Zombies of Mora Tau (1957), Earth vs. the Spider (1958), I Want to Live! (1958), She Demons (1958), Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959), Cimarron (1960), Tormented (1960), Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961), and Torn Curtain (1966), as well as on T.V.'s "The Twilight Zone" (1961).  This is just the third example of his autograph we have ever encountered.