ERNEST TORRENCE. Vintage 7×10 sepia tone bust portrait, with printed biography below, from an edition of “Stars of the Photoplay, ” boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen, “To Maurice/Ernest Torrence.” Fine condition, with light creasing in the bottom borders and annotations by idiot collector Maurice below the image. This page was part of the John Verzi collection, but was acquired by him from the aforementioned collector, Maurice. Character actor Ernest Torrence was one of the great villains of the silent screen era, but also did some memorable comic turns, including his performance as Buster Keaton’s father in Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928). He made a smooth transition to sound, continuing his villainous ways as Prof. Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes (1932) and a brutal smuggler in I Cover the Waterfront (1933) before his untimely death at age 54. Signed images are extremely uncommon.