EDMUND PURDOM. Original vintage 1950s 6 x 8.5 double-weight glossy black and white chest-up MGM publicity portrait, boldly signed in later years in blue felt tip ink. Very fine condition. The handsome, strapping British actor was plucked from semi-obscurity by MGM in 1954 to replace the too tubby Mario Lanza in The Student Prince. He was subsequently showcased in two other big-budget MGM productions, The Egyptian (1954) and The Prodigal (1955), but, despite massive publicity efforts, failed to catch on with American audiences. Subsequently, he returned to Europe, eventually settling in Italy, where he appeared in scores of films over the enusing four decades, in addition to occasional appearances in French, British and American films and television series.