ROSCOE "FATTY" ARBUCKLE - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 02/01/1928 - HFSID 295801
Sale Price $1,700.00
ROSCOE "FATTY" ARBUCKLEVintage 7½x9½ photo with a clever inscription to songwriter/producer Mort Greene: Photograph inscribed and signed: "To my pal Mort Green/This is an expression you/acquire when you play for/Fox, wondering where your/next is - Sh. I'm only kiddin./Sincerely yours,/Roscoe Arbuckle/Feb 1st 1928". Sepia, 7½x9½. Joining Mack Sennett's Keystone Kops in 1913, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle (1887-1933) quickly rose to stardom in a series of short silent film comedies with such costars as Mabel Normand, Charlie Chaplin and Chester Conkling. From 1916, he wrote and directed many of his own films as well as some of the other stars of comedy. In 1921, at the peak of success after signing a huge contract with Paramount Pictures, Arbuckle's career was ruined by a sexual assault scandal. After three trials, two hung juries, and an acquittal, Arbuckle was found innocent but public opinion forced Arbuckle's retirement from the screen. He made a brief comeback under the alias William Goodrich (he signed a six-film contract with Warner Bros. in 1932 and a feature film contract in 1933), he passed away. Songwriter (and later TV producer) Mort Greene (often credited as Mort Green), 1912-1992, arrived in Hollywood in 1931 (just when Arbuckle was attempting a comeback), and was soon writing movie songs for Republic and other studios. Greene had another talent, too: he could write gags. By the 1950s, he was producing for television, specializing in variety shows featuring Milton Berle, Perry Como, Andy Williams and Red Skelton, among others. Margins and corners lightly soiled. Small notch and moisture stain at lower margin. Paper tape on verso around entire outer edges. Poor contrast in some areas of inscription. Otherwise, fine condition.
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