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    Frank and Ralph Morgan Photo. An 11" x 14" 1932 publicity portrait of the Morgan brothers, Frank and Ralph, each settled in Hollywood, smoking cigarettes and looking very dapper indeed. Frank (1890-1949), best remembered as The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Ralph (1883-1956), one of the the movie's finest character actors (and villains), were among the eleven children of the Wupperman family, which manufactured "Angostura Aromatic Bitters" for drinks and cocktails. Each man enjoyed many Broadway successes before "going Hollywood" and were making films back in the teens. Frank became one of the top character actors of MGM (Bombshell, The Shop Around the Corner, The Human Comedy). When Frank died in 1949, he was playing Buffalo Bill in Annie Get Your Gun and was replaced by Louis Calhern. Ralph had a lower profile in Hollywood and made many "B" movies, including 1940s horror films such as Night Monster; he claimed he saw every job offered him as a blessing and was not about to jinx his good fortune by being choosy (even though the Wupperman family fortune reportedly made it possible for both brothers to never work at all!). Stamp on back of picture credits the shot to Jose Reyes of Hollywood, and a seven-line caption snipe attached to the back gives background on the two actors and news of their then-current projects (including that Ralph was about to appear in Rasputin and the Empress). Excellent condition.

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    April, 2006
    14th-15th Friday-Saturday
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