RICHARD CROMWELL - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH CIRCA 1936 - HFSID 289496
Sale Price $216.00
Extra rare! Vintage photo, his chin resting on the back of a chair, inscribed in person to collector Saul Goodman
Photograph inscribed and signed: "good luck Saul,/Dick Cromwell". B/w, 8x10. Collector's ink stamp on verso date signature: July 24, 1936. Richard Cromwell (1910-1960), born Roy Radabaugh - the son of the inventor of a carnival ride - had to start work young after his father died in the influenza epidemic of 1919. While running an art shop in Hollywood, he met many film stars, and was encouraged to audition himself. His rise in early talking films was swift, cast with Marie (who insisted on him as a co-star in Emma, 1932), Will Rogers (Life Begins at Forty), Gary Cooper (Lives of a Bengal Lancer), Bette Davis (Jezebel) and Henry Fonda (Young Mr. Lincoln). At 35, he eloped with 19-year old Angela Lansbury, but the marriage lasted less than a year. After Broadway and radio performances and service in World War II, Cromwell left film to pursue art (painting and ceramics) and gourmet cooking. He was also an early organizer of Alcoholics Anonymous in the L.A. area. 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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