JOAN BARCLAY - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 153930
Sale Price $288.00
11x14 head and shoulders view of the actress, reclining in an easy chair. A rare signature.
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To May Wilson/My fondest wishes/always/Joan Barclay" . B/w, 11x14. Joan Barclay (1914-2002), born Mary Elizabeth Greear, made her first film appearance in Douglas Fairbanks' The Gaucho (1927). She played minor roles until 1936, when she shot suddenly to B-movie stardom, playing the heroine in six films that year, four of them Westerns opposite Tom Tyler, Hoot Gibson, Tom Keene and Rex Bell. B-movie leads continued through the decade, mostly in Westerns, through 1941 (Billy the Kid's Range War). Advised by James Cagney - she said years later - that she could become a major star if she took acting, singing and dancing lessons, Barclay declined to take that sage advice, and saw her roles diminished. Her last film was the Charlie Chan film The Shanghai Cobra (1945). Lightly worn Lightly creased. Slightly soiled. Bottom right corner clipped. Otherwise, fine condition.
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