THE BARKER MOVIE CAST - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/29/1928 CO-SIGNED BY: BETTY COMPSON, SYLVIA ASHTON - HFSID 297776
Sale Price $360.00
THE BARKER MOVIE CAST: BETTY COMPSON and SYLVIA ASHTON
Personalized handwritten notes to two musicians, written the year of the movie. Compson got an Oscar nomination for this role, while "Mother" Ashton was in her last credited appearance.
Autograph Note signed: "To Leon,/Whose music is a soothing/balm for the heart -/Betty Compson/P. S. a hell of a way to make a living/scraping a horse's tail over a/cat's insides/B/May 29, 1928", 6x3¾. and on verso "To 'Schmifpt' Berlasky,/Only you understand/'Two Guitars', the soul of/Russia in one, Your soul in/the other; which expresses;/you - Always remember/your Mother Ashton when you/play them!!!" Blond beauty BETTY COMPSON (1897-1974) began appearing in silent films in 1915, featured in a series of comedy shorts. Her performance opposite Lon Chaney in The Miracle Man (1919) was her breakthrough role, and she was one of the highest paid stars of the 1920s. Beginning with Prisoners of Love (1921), she began producing some of her own films. Compson was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for The Barker (1928). She made a successful transition to talking pictures, but appeared in fewer of these. After her final film, Here Comes Trouble (1948), she retired from acting and pursued a successful business career. SYLVIA ASHTON (1880-1940) appeared in 134 films between 1912 and 1929; most of the early ones were shorts. The heavyset Ashton was usually cast as a mother, aunt or grandmother, hence the nickname "Mother Aston." Unlike Compson, Ashton retired with the advent of sound. The Barker was a transitional movie, mostly silent with some spoken dialogue. Ashton got to speak this line to Compson: "Don't try any of your vamp stuff on my boy - get me?" Toned. Corners worn. Minor ink smears (legible). Otherwise, fine condition.
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