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    Clark Gable Pays a Visit to the Webbs. Clark Gable has recently won the Academy award for It Happened One Night and was soon to be sen in Mutiny on the Bounty when his autograph topped the page at an August 18, 1935 Clifton Webb party. Webb, after the Broadway hit As Thousands Cheer, had come west wit his mother Mabel and had settled in Brentwood, California. Gable wrote in their book, "To Clifton and Mabel - With Love N'everything - Always Clark." Gable's 17-years-older wife wrote "Me too Ria Gable" below her husband's name; the page is also signed by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Barthelmess ("Dick & Jessica"), actress Mady Christians, and John Gilbert - the "Talkies" greatest casualty, who signed "Jack Gilbert" and who died less than five months later. The verso, dated July 31, 1935 and also signed at the Webb's Brentwood home, is a treasure of Golden Age autographs - Ronald Colman, Basil Rathbone and his wife Ouida, Frank Lawton (the grown David of David Copperfield) and his noted British actress wife Evelyn Laye-Lawton, Constance Collier, directors Rouben Mamoulian, Edmund Goulding and George Cukor, designer Oliver Messel and more. Sheet two in this lot is dated March 6, 1936 and headed as "Marlene's Dinner." Yes, it was that Marlene, whose signed first name tops an autograph list including actor Richard Cromwell, composer Cole Porter and a gentleman named Howard Hughes. And the verso of this page, dated July 17, 1935, bears the autographs of writer Charles Brackett, as well as, once again, "Marlene" - along with "Liz Allan," aka Elizabeth Allan, MGM star who was Marlene's protegee in 1935. A remarkable collection of autographs from a variety of Hollywood's greatest stars, all of whom were then at their personal apex. With COA from PSA/DNA.

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