Classic Entertainment Autographs


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Scarce and nifty vintage 8x10-inch black and white portrait in captain's attire for an unknown film, boldly signed and inscribed in blue fountain pen, probably in the 1940s. In good condition, with minor surface impressions. Short, chubby, twinkle-eyed Charles Winninger made his bones in vaudeville and on the Broadway stage before finding new work as a character actor in silent comedy shorts in 1915. His greatest fame came during the talkie era, playing benign fathers, lovable inebriates, happy hobos, and washed up entertainers in comedies and dramas like the Three Stooges' Soup to Nuts (1930), Flying High (1931), The Bad Sister (1931), The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931), Gun Smoke (1931), White Fang (1936), Show Boat (1936), Woman Chases Man (1937), Nothing Sacred (1937), Destry Rides Again (1939), Babes in Arms (1939), Ziegfeld Girl (1941), When Ladies Meet (1941), Broadway Rhythm (1944), and The Sun Shines Bright (1953).