Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #003203122: GEORGE SANDERS

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Highly rare vintage black inscribed fountain pen signature on a 4x6-inch tan card, acquired in-person by inveterate autograph hound John Virzi in the 1960s. In good condition and suitable for matting with a favorite photograph. Well-spoken, imposing English leading man George Sanders won an Oscar for his unforgettable portrayal of the acerbic, controlling Addison DeWitt in All About Eve (1950). The role was, in many ways, old hat for Sanders, who had thitherto spent a decade and a half playing sleek villains, charming cads and no-nonsense authority figures in classic films like Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939); Simon Templar, the Saint, and Gay Lawrence, The Falcon, in the beloved crime film series of the '30s and '40s; Confession of a Nazi Spy (1939); Nurse Edith Cavell (1939); The House of Seven Gables (1940); Rebecca (1940); Foreign Correspondence (1940); The Son of Monte Cristo (1940); Fritz Lang's Man Hunt (1941); Tales of Manhattan (1942); The Moon and Sixpence (1942); Forever Amber (1947); Samson and Delilah (1949); Ivanhoe (1952); and Disney's The Jungle Book (1967).  He made several contributions to the horror, sci-fi and fantasy film genres, including Things to Come (1936), The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936), The Lodger (1944), Hangover Square (1945), The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), Jupiter's Darling (1955), From the Earth to the Moon (1958), Village of the Damned (1960), In Search of the Castaways (1962), The Body Stealers (1969), Rio 70 (1969), Endless Night (1972), Doomwatch (1972), The Death Wheelers (1973), and the role of Mr. Freeze on T.V.'s "Batman" in 1966. He committed suicide in 1966 and, by his own admission, loathed giving autographs during his brief lifetime, making this a scarce and exciting item.