WILLIAM FRAWLEY - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 252043
WILLIAM FRAWLEY. Photograph signed: "Here's one/I enjoyed very/much/Special good/wishes to Harry/from/Bill Frawley". B/w, 10x8 overall, image 9¼x7¼ (one surface). Still from
Sale Price $720.00
WILLIAM FRAWLEY. Photograph signed: "Here's one/I enjoyed very/much/Special good/wishes to Harry/from/Bill Frawley". B/w, 10x8 overall, image 9¼x7¼ (one surface). Still from the 1938 comedy, Professor Beware, which starred Harold Lloyd (also pictured) as Professor Dean Lambert and Frawley as Snoop Donlan. ©1938, Harold Lloyd Corporation. Captioned at lower margin. Typed caption on verso: "COMEDY IN PARTIAL UNDRESS - Harold Lloyd and William Frawley try to change clothes in a limousine but run into a little difficulty, in this scene from 'Professor, Beware!'. Lloyd appears as a young archeologist, while Frawley enacts the role of a somewhat inebriated Hollywood talent scout." The names of Lloyd and Frawley as well as the film's title have been underlined in red pencil. "Mar 38" stamped on verso, "1938" written in unknown hand at lower margin on front, "1966" in unknown hand at upper right margin. In 1938, Frawley was also seen on the big screen in Mad About Music, Son of the Legion and Touchdown, Army. Screen and television actor William Frawley (1887-1966) is best known for his role as Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy (1951-1957), Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958-1959) and The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1957-1960). He reprised the role in the TV special, I Love Lucy Christmas Show, and Frawley would make his last acting appearance (as a maintenance man) on The Lucy Show (1965). By the time he was signed to play Mertz, Frawley, a veteran of vaudeville, had already appeared in 100 films. He made his debut in a 1916 silent and would last be seen on the big screen in Safe at Home in 1962. Frawley also appeared in a made-for-TV movie, and he made a number of guest appearances on early TV anthologies as well as later TV series, including My Three Sons, on which he appeared as Bub. Creased and soiled at blank margins and corners. Tack holes at all corners, resulting in nailhead-size hole at upper left corner and chipping away of upper right blank corner. Surface creases and striations, some at facial images and writing. Light impression of writing (from another photograph being signed on top of this on) at lower portion of Lloyd's image. Collector's stamp on verso (no show through). Overall, fair condition.
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