Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #005763312: JAMES WHALE

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Beyond rare vintage letter, boldly signed in fountain pen, on a time-worn sheet of Universal Studios stationery, sent to screenwriter Cyril Hume on October 15, 1934, at the time the director was working on Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Excellent content, offering suggestions, with occasional bits of his characteristic snarkiness, regarding a script Hume was penning. In fine condition for its age, with the expected mailing folds, and some creasing and toning in spots. Accompanied by an RR Auction certificate from Auction 251. This is just the third example of Whale's autograph we have encountered in over 35 years. Note that the image of the star shown here alongside the scan of the autographed piece is not included. Brilliant, sensitive English film and theater director, and artist James Whale is beloved of horror, sci-fi and fantasy buffs for his immortal classics Frankenstein (1931), which is widely considered the finest horror film of all-time; The Old Dark House (1932); The Invisible Man (1933); and Bride of Frankenstein (1935).  Elsewhere, he is noted for Journey's End (1930), based upon the stage production of the same name, and the definitive film version of Show Boat (1936).  Whale committed suicide by drowning in 1959, after years of living in obscurity and shunning fans, making his autograph one of the rarest of all sought out by horror collectors.