Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0032223112: JACK SEARL

Scarce vintage inscribed black fountain pen signature on a 4x6-inch pale yellow autograph album page, acquired in-person in 1933. In fine condition for its age, with some toning and mounting remnants to the upper left-hand corner, left by a small newspaper image which had once been affixed to the leaf. Blonde, freckled child actor Jack “Jackie” Searl never achieved the rank of a Jackie Cooper or Freddie Bartholomew, but stole many a scene as sissified brats, obnoxious squealers and sandbox bullies, earning him the moniker “The Kid Everybody Wants to Spank”. He first gained fame in the role of nasty little Sid Sawyer in Tom Sawyer (1930), and went on to star in films like Finn and Hattie (1931), Huckleberry Finn (1931), Skippy (1931), Topaze (1933), and Alice in Wonderland (1933). He continued playing secondary parts into his teens, including Ginger (1935), Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936), That Certain Age (1938), and Small Town Deb (1941), before abandoning Hollywood to join the Second World War effort.