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    Wallace Beery. Here's a terrific portrait of Wallace Beery in one of the most colorful roles of his career - Prof. Challenger, the famed dinosaur hunter of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World. Doyle's novel became Hollywood's first stop-motion photography miracle movie, unleashing prehistoric beasts via Willis O'Brien's pioneering special effects.The bewhiskered Beery is glaring at the camera, holding "Jocko" the money and appearing as if he's ready to pull his pistol on you. The 8x10 photo, dynamically framed by a border to create an 11 x 14 overall effect, is signed to no less than Doyle himself (who appeared as himself in the film). Beery writes: "Sir Arthur you should have played the part of 'Challenger' - it might have been good. Sincerely, Wallie Beery." (The actor probably intended the sentiment more politely than it sounds!). The photographer's name, James N. Doolittle, appears on lower right margin of the photograph. A wonderful portrait and autograph from one of the screen's top character stars, signed to one of the world's most famous authors - and connected to one of Hollywood's landmark silent films.

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2006
    14th-15th Friday-Saturday
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