Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00524123: RICHARD TRAVIS

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Rather scarce vintage inscribed signature in turquoise fountain pen on a 2x6-inch pale blue autograph album page, acquired in-person in 1942, the year he starred a Bert Jefferson in the Bette Davis and Monty Woolley classic The Man Who Came to Dinner.  In very good condition for its age.  Character actor Tom Duggan signs on the verso, also in turquoise fountain pen.  Richard "Dick" Travis began his career, unbilled, in daredevil cliffhangers of the late 1930s and eventually graduated to Warner Brothers films during the Second World War.  Despite memorable performances in films like The Big Shot (1942) with Humphrey Bogart, Escape from Crime (1942) and Mission to Moscow (1943), the soft-spoken, lanky actor simply didn't do it for audiences and was rapidly relegated to Poverty Row programmers like The Postman Didn't Ring (1942), Busses Roar (1942), Spy Train (1943), Truck Busters (1943), and The Last Ride (1944).  After the standout supporting role of Lou Gherig in The Babe Ruth Story in 1948, he confined himself to B-level sci-fi, fantasy and crime flicks like Waterfront at Midnight (1948), Mask of the Dragon (1951), Fingerprints Don't Lie (1951), Danger Zone (1951), Mesa of Lost Women (1953), Missile to the Moon (1958), and Cyborg 2087 (1966).  This is just the second autograph of the actor we've ever encountered.