WERNER KLEMPERER - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 315364
WERNER KLEMPERER The German actor signs his name on this vintage 3½x5¾ candid photograph, shown posing in a button down shirt with sunglasses in hand Photograph signed: "Werner Klemperer", in blue ink, B/w 3½x5¾.
Sale Price $198.00
The German actor signs his name on this vintage 3½x5¾ candid photograph, shown posing in a button down shirt with sunglasses in hand
Photograph signed: "Werner Klemperer", in blue ink, B/w 3½x5¾. Actor Werner Klemperer (1920-2000) suppressed his German accent to play an all-American character role as the timorous press agent in the 1957 film, Kiss Them for Me. The capture of fugitive Nazi official Adolph Eichmann in 1960 sparked a renewal of interest in war films, and soon Klemperer found himself playing Eichmann (whom he vaguely resembled) in the 1961 quickie, Operation Eichmann. He also essayed a suitably slimy role as a former Nazi jurist on trial for war crimes in 1961's Judgment at Nuremberg. Try though he might to break free of the stereotype, Klemperer was stuck in Teutonic roles, so he resigned himself to re-cultivating his German accent. He worked steadily throughout the 1960s until he found fame on the small screen as the heel-clicking, impervious (and incredibly stupid) Colonel Klink. This photograph is from the collection of Francis and Violet Zane, Hawaaii natives who moved to California in the 1920's. Francis Zane had a job at the historic Curran Theater and the San Francisco Opera House, which is where he began his massive collection, with photographs and materials ranging from the 1920's to 1960's. The location and luck of his occupation would land him smack dab in the middle of the celebrity world, allowing him to capture some of the most unique and interesting pieces of Hollywood History. Edges decoratively cut. Corners lightly worn and creased. Fine condition.
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