LEW AYRES - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH CIRCA 1936 - HFSID 289067
Sale Price $637.50
Open collared youthful image inscribed in person to collector Saul Goodman
Photograph inscribed and signed: "Lew Ayres/Best regards to/Saul/Goodman". B/w, 8x10. Collector's ink stamp on verso dates signature November 9, 1936. Lew Ayres (1908-1996) starred opposite Greta Garbo in one of the last silent films, The Kiss (1929), then starred in 1930's Oscar-winning talking film, All Quiet on the Western Front. A leading man through the 1940s, he earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in Johnny Belinda (1948). He starred as Dr. Kildare in a series of feature films, but refused to play the role on TV because cigarettes were to be advertised on the program. Ayers' conscientious objector got him temporarily blacklisted in Hollywood during World War II, until his heroism as a medical corpsman became known. Ayers remained active in movie and TV character roles through the 1980s. 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. Corners worn and creased. Lightly toned around edges. Lightly silvered. Otherwise, fine condition.
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