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    Boris Karloff Signed Photo to Donnie Dunagan. A striking Karloff portrait, signed to a Universal co-player and with a great Frankenstein Monster connection. This is a b&w 8" x 10" headshot of the legendary star who played the "Monster" of the first three Frankenstein movies, inscribed "For Donnie with love from the giant!" to his pint-sized Son of Frankenstein co-star, child actor Donnie Dunagan, and signed by Karloff in black fountain ink. Karloff and the four-year old child actor formed a close bond during the production, as Boris taught the boy to play checkers, bought him ice cream, looked after him on the set, and, come Yuletide of 1938, gave his little friend a train set. Donnie sent a thank-you and a request for a signed photo, receiving this warmly-inscribed shot from the Horror King. Many Karloff fans consider this publicity portrait his finest from the 1930s. The reference to "the giant" (.e., the Monster) gives the picture a most desirable distinction, as does its affectionate sentiment to his Son of Frankenstein co-player. "I've loved Mr. Karloff almost all my life," says Don Dunagan today, and this wonderful signed portrait, a keystone of his archive for almost 70 years, shows the affection was mutual. In Fine condition with mild to moderate age toning, mild wear to the edges, and tack holes to the corners. From the Donnie Dunagan Archive.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    6th-7th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
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