ALLEN JENKINS - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 312592
Sale Price $306.00
A vintage 3½x5¾ candid photograph of the "Irish Mafia" actor, with his hands posed on his waist, acquired from the collection of Francis and Violet Zane
Photograph signed: "Allen Jenkins", in black ink, B/w 3½x5¾. The screen's premier "comic gangster", stage and screen actor Allen Jenkins (1900-1974), born Alfred McGonegal, was a member in good standing of Hollywood's "Irish Mafia", which included actors James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Matt McHugh and Jimmy Gleason. Jenkins, who made his film debut in 1931 in The Girl Habit, appeared in a long list of feature films through the 1970s, including I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932), 42nd Street (1933), Dead End (1937), Destry Rides Again (1939), Ball of Fire (1941), Tortilla Flat (1942), Stage Door Canteen (1943), Pillow Talk (1959), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Robin and the Seven Hoods (1964), I'd Rather Be Rich (1964), Doctor, You've Got To Be Kidding (1967) and The Front Page (1974, his last film). Jenkins also appeared in a number of TV shows and series, from Playhouse 90 in 1957 to several episodes of Bewitched (1971-1972). This photograph is from the collection of Francis and Violet Zane, Hawaii natives who moved to California in the 1920's. Francis Zane had a job at the historic Curran Theater and the San Francisco Opera House, which is where he began his massive collection, with photographs and materials ranging from the 1920's to 1960's. The location and luck of his occupation would land him smack dab in the middle of the celebrity world, allowing him to capture some of the most unique and interesting pieces of Hollywood History. Corners lightly worn and creased. Fine condition.
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