GUNGA DIN MOVIE CAST - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: JOAN FONTAINE, DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR. - HFSID 296380
Sale Price $510.00
GUNGA DIN MOVIE CAST: JOAN FONTAINE and DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, JR.
Shown together in a scene from the 1939 film in this black and white photograph.
Inscribed Photograph signed: "To Tommy McCabe/with the best of wishes/Douglas Fairbanks, Jr./"Gunga Din"" and "Joan Fontaine", B/w 8x10. The tale of three eternally brawling British sergeants stationed in colonial India. Sgt. Tommy Ballantine (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) intends to break up the threesome by marrying lovely Emmy Stebbins (Joan Fontaine). Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (1909-2000), the son of the dashing actor of the 1920s and Anna Beth Sully, the daughter of an industrialist, was raised by his mother after his parents' divorce in 1918. At the age of 13, he starred in Lasky's Stephen Steps Out, an unsuccessful attempt to exploit the Fairbanks name. Although the younger Fairbanks, a movie producer as well as an actor, appeared in some 75 films, his father took little interest in his son's career, and the two did not become close friends until the early 1930s. His feature films included Stella Dallas (1926), Little Caesar (1930), The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), Gunga Din (1939) and Sinbad the Sailor (1947), and Fairbanks also appeared in a number of made-for-TV movies and hosted the anthology series, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Presents (1952-1955). Joan Fontaine (born Joan de Beavoir de Havilland in 1917) started in film in 1935, but her career took off in the 1940s, when she starred in two of Alfred Hitchcock's films, Rebecca (for which she received an Oscar nomination) and Suspicion (for which she received the Best Actress Academy Award in 1941). The younger sister of actress Olivia deHavilland, they were the first sisters to win Oscars and the first to be nominated for Academy Awards in the same year (1941). When Joan won the coveted statuette in 1941, the sisters, who were known for their jealous feuds, became permanently estranged. Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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