Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #003222311: JACK SEARL

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Vintage inscribed pencil signature on a 4x6-inch pale pink autograph album page, acquired in-person in 1939 and decorated with a small newspaper image. In good condition, with some gentle toning and crinkling in spots, and suitable for matting. 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.