PIERRE FRESNAY - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 1945 - HFSID 289516
PIERRE FRESNAY Extra rare! Shown in promotional photo for Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much, signed in person for collector Saul Goodman Photograph signed: "Pierre/Fresnay/1945". B/w, 8x10. Promotional photo for the film The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934 version).
Sale Price $216.00
Extra rare! Shown in promotional photo for Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much, signed in person for collector Saul Goodman
Photograph signed: "Pierre/Fresnay/1945". B/w, 8x10. Promotional photo for the film The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934 version). Pierre Fresnay (1897-1975) was a French stage and film star whose works included both renditions of Marius (1929, 1931). Though slain early in the movie, he played a crucial role in the 1934 version of Hitchcock's classic The Man Who Knew Too Much, as shown here. In 1937 he starred in the recognized film classic The Grand Illusion, by Jean Renoir, as the aristocratic French officer who confounds the German POW commandant by sacrificing his life so two ordinary French soldiers - one of them Jewish - can escape. A decorated hero of World War I, he appeared in German-approved films during the Occupation, imprisoned briefly after the war and losing much popularity in France. However, he won the best actor award at the Venice Film Festival (1947) for his starring role in Monsieur Vincent, and portrayed Albert Schweitzer in a 1952 film. He lived from 1934 until his death with actress Yvonne Printemps. Alec Guinness called Fresnay his favorite actor. 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. Otherwise, Fine condition.
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