WILLIAM S. HART - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 292088
WILLIAM S. HART Sepia image from his last film, Tumbleweeds, inscribed to famed collector "Doc" Salomon and his wife Photograph inscribed and signed: "To my friends/Mr. & Mrs. Doc Salomon/from William S. Hart/Tumbleweeds".
Sale Price $765.00
WILLIAM S. HART
Sepia image from his last film, Tumbleweeds, inscribed to famed collector "Doc" Salomon and his wife
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To my friends/Mr. & Mrs. Doc Salomon/from William S. Hart/Tumbleweeds". B/w, 7½x9½. William S. Hart (1870-1946) began acting onstage in New York, going on to make his name as a Shakespearean actor on Broadway. By his 30s, he was a highly popular stage performer, particularly in western plays. He had spent his youth traveling around the country with his father, an itinerant laborer. Hart was 44 when he starred in his first film in 1914. Basing his westerns on his own memories of the West, he insisted on stark realism, using bare, unglamorous storylines that emphasized plot and character over action. In the early 20s, other western stars emerged who emphasized spectacular action and larger-than-life heroics, and Hart's popularity faded. In 1925 he made his final film, Tumbleweeds. Hart was a friend of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp and was a pallbearer at Earp's 1929 funeral. A. M. "Doc" Salomon, a friend of studio mogul Jack Warner, who rose to head the London branch of Warner Bros. studios, compiled an extensive collection of celebrity autographs during his nearly 30 years with the studio. A V-1 rocket demolished his London studio in July 1944 and killed Salomon, but his photo collection miraculously survived. Heavy mounting residue affixed to verso. Lightly worn at edges. Otherwise, fine condition.
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