Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00606122 ROLAND YOUNG

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Rather uncommon vintage black fountain pen signature on a 4x6-inch yellow autograph album page, acquired in-person in the 1930s and decorated with a Players Directory image. In good condition, with a neatly trimmed upper edge, and nice for matting with a favorite photograph. After establishing himself as a droll, understated farceur on the London stage, Roland Young entered films in the role of Dr. Watson in Sherlock Holmes (1922), opposite John Barrymore at the titular sleuth.  He was thereafter called upon to play befuddled, whimsical Brits in Hollywood pictures of the late '20s through '40s, including Her Private Life (1929), The Unholy Night (1929), The Bishop Murder Case (1930), Madame Satan (1930), The Prodigal (1931), The Squaw Man (1931),  The Guardsman (1931), His Double Life (1933), Ruggles of Red Gap (1935), The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936), King Solomon's Mines (1937), Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937), Hal Roach's Topper fantasy series (1937, 1938, 1941), Star Dust (1940), Private Affairs (1940), No, No, Nanette (1940), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Tales of Manhattan (1942), and And Then There Were None (1945). Only rarely was he cast as a villain, but on those occasions, he proved as adept at skullduggery as comedy, memorable in his unsympathetic portrayal of Uriah Heep in David Copperfield (1935).