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NIKITA BALIEFF - AUTOGRAPH CIRCA 1931 CO-SIGNED BY: HUNTLEY WRIGHT, HELENA KOMISORJEVSKA - HFSID 46843

NIKITA BALIEFF, HELENA KOMISORJEVKSA and HUNTLEY WRIGHT Clipped signatures of the Russian stage comedians; autograph sentiment of the Englishman Clipped Signatures: "Elena Komisorjevska/1932"

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Condition: lightly soiled
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NIKITA BALIEFF, HELENA KOMISORJEVKSA and HUNTLEY WRIGHT
Clipped signatures of the Russian stage comedians; autograph sentiment of the Englishman
Clipped Signatures: "Elena Komisorjevska/1932" (irregularly trimmed 3¾x¾) and "Nicholas Balieff" (irregularly trimmed 3¾x1¾), affixed to 5½x4¼ album leaf. Ink caption (unknown hand) at bottom Autograph Sentiment signed on verso: "Sincerely yours/Huntley Wright/Comedy Theatre". Dated (unknown hand) 1932. Armenian actor NIKITA BALIEFF (1877-1936) found success as a stage comedian in Moscow until the revolution of 1917. Emigrating to France and then to the US, he founded a popular vaudeville troupe. Popular skits by the troupe, named Chauve Souris (French for "bat"), included The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, made into a 1923 silent film. Balieff appeared in the Ben Hecht film, Once in a Blue Moon (1935). Balieff was married to (H)ELENA KOMISORJEVSKA, a member of his comedy troupes. A star of British stage musicals in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras (San Toy, Dalys Theatre, 1899), HUNTLEY WRIGHT was still playing supporting roles in films of the 1930s (Going Straight, 1933; Look Up and Laugh, 1935). No information is available on the signers on verso. Lightly soiled and creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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