Scarce vintage 8x10-inch sepia-tone bust portrait
by Lansing Brown, signed and inscribed in white fountain pen in the late
1920s. In fairly good condition, with pinholes and chipping to all four
corners, and scattered white cracks to the dark surface of the image.
The prolific silent and early talkie character actor appeared in
nearly 300 classic films, including Wings (1927) and The Jazz Singer (1927). He is remembered by fans of the horror, sci-fi,
fantasy, thriller, and mystery genres for his roles as the Chief of the Secret
Service in the jungle serial The King of the Congo (1929), Colonel
Davidson in Lionel Barrymore's The Unholy Night (1929), Anthony
Benson in Frank Tuttle's The Benson Murder Case (1930), Mr. Bell in
Roland West's The Bat Whispers (1930), Wilkie Ballou in the Charlie
Chan favorite The Black Camel (1931), Mr. Lawton in The Deceiver (1931), Gerald
Murdock in Richard Thorpe's The Devil Plays (1932), the physician in Men
Must Fight (1933), Mr. Hamilton in Dante's Inferno (1935),
Professor Gordon in Flash Gordon (1936), and Robert Banning in the Jungle
Menace (1937) serial.