HENRY ARMETTA - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH CIRCA 1935 - HFSID 289064
Sale Price $467.50
Animated image in three piece suit, inscribed in person to collector Saul Goodman
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To my friend/Strobel [?]/My best wishes/Henry Armetta". B/w, 8x10. Collector's ink stamp on verso dates signature July 3, 1935. Henry Armetta (1888-1945) was an illegal-immigrant, 1902-style, stowing away on a boat from Italy. He found success in Hollywood as a character actor, often playing stereotypical, excitable Italians in comedies and not a few dramas, beginning in the silent era. Laurel and Hardy fans may remember his as the flustered innkeeper in The Devil's Brother (1933). His last film, A Bell for Adano, appeared after his death.Saul Goodman (1919-2003), a New York business man by day, pursued his love of film and theatre in the evening, making friends with many celebrities. While other autograph seekers offered album leaves, Goodman presented stars with snazzy photographs, a rarity then, to sign in fountain pen. Either Armetta didn't know Goodman as well as did many other celebrities, or he was making an inside joke with his inscription here, but the photo comes from Goodman's famed collection of in person autographs. Lightly toned. Light surface wear. Otherwise, fine condition.
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