ANTON WALBROOK

Imperious-looking vintage 4.6 x 6.5 matte finish black and white three-quarter length costume portrait from an unknown film, boldly signed in blue fountain pen. Fine condition, with very slightly trimmed borders; mounting remnants on the reverse side; and much of the signature penned against the dark fabric of his jacket, but quite readable. Rather uncommon in signed images larger than postcard size.  With a distinguished career onstage and in film in Austria and Germany, the Austrian-born Anton Walbrook fled to England ahead of the Nazi takeover of his native country and began an equally impressive career on the British screen. He is best remembered as the domineering impresario in The Red Shoes (1948), and was effectively chilling in the little-seen original version of Gaslight (1940).

$50