CRANE WILBUR - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 281385
Sepia-toned photo by Arthur Ermates of Chicago of screenwriter and actor Crane Wilbur from the waist up, in a suit and tie and with his hands in his pockets. Signed with "Love & Kisses" in blue ink.
Sale Price $446.25
CRANE WILBUR Sepia-toned photo by Arthur Ermates of Chicago of screenwriter and actor Crane Wilbur from the waist up, in a suit and tie and with his hands in his pockets. Signed with "Love & Kisses" in blue ink. Inscribed photograph signed "To Ina/Love & Kisses/Crane Wilbur" in blue ink. B/w sepia-toned, 7¾x9¾ overall with thin border, printed on cardstock. Photo by Arthur Ermates of Chicago, with photo credit embossed in bottom right corner and stamped on verso in black ink. Wilbur (1886-1973) had a busy show biz career as an actor, writer and director on both stage and film. Wilbur had almost 70 movie acting credits between 1911 and 1936, helped no doubt by the handsome cut of his jib. These included starring with Pearl White in six silents, including The Perils of Pauline (1914). But he turned to writing, contributing stories and scenarios to three movies in 1915 and 1916 (including his 1916 hit Vengeance Is Mine!) and eventually compiling almost 80 writing credits between 1915 and 1962. Wilbur's writing credits include real gems like the crime thrillers He Walked By Night (1948), the crime docudrama The Phenix City Story (1955) and Vincent Price's 3-D horror film The House of Wax. He also wrote the radio play I Was a Communist for the FBI (1952-1953). Crane also had almost 40 directing credits between 1916 and 1962; these are less distinguished but include another Vincent Price film, The Bat (1959). He debuted on Broadway in 1920, appearing in and writing The Ouija Board, and went on to perform in, write and/or direct a total of 19 Broadway productions, including an appearance in the original Broadway production of A Farewell to Arms (1930). Lightly toned and bowed. Parts of signature have low contrast but are legible. Light nick in top right corner. Pinholes in corners with light cracking, rippling, creasing. Otherwise in fine condition.
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