MONTE BLUE - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 292165
Sale Price $324.00
Smiling sepia image from the famous collection of Warner Bros. executive "Doc" Salomon
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Maxine/from/Monte". Sepia, 8x10. Silent screen leading man and "talkies" character actor MONTE BLUE (1887-1963), who was sometimes billed G.M. (for Gerald Montgomery) Blue, began his career as a stuntman with the D.W. Griffith Studios before making his debut as an extra in The Birth of a Nation (1915). After his breakthrough role in Orphans of the Storm (1921), Blue starred opposite the most popular leading ladies of the day, including Gloria Swanson, Clara Bow and Norma Shearer. He made his last feature film in 1954. Blue also appeared on the small screen in two made-for-TV movies in 1966 and on a number of TV Western series from 1949 (The Lone Ranger) to 1960 (Rawhide). Although not inscribed to A. M. "Doc" Salomon, this photo was part of his collection. Salomon, a friend of studio mogul Jack Warner who rose to head the London branch of Warner Bros. studios, compiled an extensive collection of celebrity autographs during his nearly 30 years with the studio. A V-1 rocket demolished his London studio in July 1944 and killed Salomon, but his photo collection miraculously survived. Creased and worn. Signature faded. Corners worn with pin size holes. Toned. Mounting residue on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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