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    Claude Rains The Mystery of Edwin Drood Photo Portraits by Roman Freulich. These four original b&w 8" x 10" portraits capture Rains in one of his most strikingly wicked roles: John Jasper, opium addict/choirmaster/murderer in Universal's 1935 adaptation of Charles Dickens' unfinished novel. Each bears the stamp of famed Universal still photographer Roman Freulich on the reverse, and Rains has penciled his character's name on the back of the three of the shots, one of them reading "Jasper - the bastard"! Rains enjoyed richly bravura villainy as the unspeakable Jasper, killing a romantic rival on Christmas Eve, burying him in quicklime under a cathedral, and receiving a properly gothic comeuppance -- falling to his death from a church steeple. Although one of the portraits actually appears to be from The Man Who Reclaimed his Head (Universal 1934), Rains nevertheless has identified it on the reverse as "Jasper - Edwin Drood." Highly desirable artifacts from classic Universal horror and the personal files of one of its legendary stars. Excellent condition. From the Claude Rains Estate Archive.

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    June, 2009
    5th-6th Friday-Saturday
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