Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0040212122: TOM STEELE

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Uncommon and quite nifty vintage 10x8-inch black and white publicity image for Federal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc. (1949), signed and inscribed in blue ballpoint pen in the 1970s or early 1980s.  In good condition, with a few minor surface crinkles, invisible when the photo is viewed head-on.  Prolific supporting actor and stuntman Tom Steele spent 40 years dinging back and forth between virtually every film studio, most often Repulic, where he appeared in over 100 westerns and cliffhangers, and doubled for stars like Allan Lane and Clayton Moore.  Highlights of his Republic work include Undersea Kingdom (1936) and Mysterious Doctor Satan (1940), in which he played mechanical robots, and the title role in the Masked Marvel (1943) serial.  He was elsewhere noteworthy in Universal's serials Flash Gordon (1936), Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938), The Phantom Creeps (1939) with Bela Lugosi, Dick Tracy's G-Men (1939), Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940), and in the horror flicks The Vampire's Ghost (1945), The Thing from Another World (1951), Canadian Mounties vs. Atomic Invaders (1953), and Day the World Ended (1955).