Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0054941: HENRY B. WALTHALL

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Impossible to find vintage 7.5 x 9.75-inch sepia-tone portrait, boldly signed in black fountain pen in the late 1920s or early 1930s: "Sincerely / Henry B. Walthall," with the full form of his signature, as opposed to merely "H.B. Walthall," which he sometimes used. In good condition for its age, to a crinkle to the bottom right-hand corner tip, and just the third autographed photo of the star we have encountered in over 35 years. Henry B. Walthall, leading character actor of the stage, and silent and early talkie screens, made a considerable number of contributions to the horror, sci-fi and fantasy film genres, beginning with D.W. Griffith's The Wanderer (1913) and the Edgar Allan Poe picture The Avenging Conscience (1914).  He went on to portray Captain Arling and Oswald in Ghosts (1915), Poe in The Raven (1915), the invisible Peter Marchmont and Victor Cromport in The Unknown Purple (1923), Sir James Hamlin in Tod Browning’s tragically lost London After Midnight (1927), Captain Rhodes in Stark Mad (1929), Boyd Milburn in The Phantom in the House (1929), Robert Regent in Chandu the Magician (1932), J.D. Bradley in The Whispering Shadow (1933), Professor Mysto in The Murder in the Museum (1935), and-- perhaps best of all-- the deranged scientist Marcel in Browning’s The Devil-Doll (1936).