Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00321131: JOSEPH M. SCHENCK

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Highly rare vintage pencil signature on a 3.25 x 6-inch pale blue album page, acquired in-person in London in the 1930s.  In good condition for its age, with some glue stains to the left and right sides, some of which graze the first letter of the autograph.  The piece is so scarce as to render this minor flaw insignificant.  Powerful theatrical and film producer Joseph M. Schenck, who was the husband of Norma Talmadge, brought some of the best-loved movies of Roscoe "Fatty" Arcbuckle, Buster Keaton and D.W. Griffith to the screen before helping Darryl F. Zanuck found 20th Century Pictures.  In later years, he championed Marilyn Monroe to the point of whispers of a sexual liaison between them.