Rare vintage 8x10-inch sepia-tone portrait, looking sinister in deep shadows cast by a freshly-lit cigarette, boldly signed in black fountain pen in the 1930s. Some silvering to the edges and a tiny stain to the area left of his head; otherwise, in good condition for its age and excellent for display. Dashing silent leading man Theodore von Eltz found new work in character roles in the sound era, playing dastardly villains and vexatious authority figures in films like The Arizona Kid (1930), Red Haired Alibi (1932), Bright Eyes (1934), The Sun Never Sets (1939), and The Big Sleep (1946). Extremely versatile, he also played scores of benevolent doctors, lawyers and servants in nearly 200 other films. He is remembered by horror fans for his role as Harry Blythe in Rupert Julian's The Cat Creeps (1930).