FRANCIS LEDERER

Original vintage 7.8 x 9.7 glossy black and white chest-up publicity still from Man of Two Worlds (1934), boldly signed in later years in black felt tip ink.  Very good condition, with three borders partially trimmed and the bottom border completely trimmed; and two diagonal handling bends in the background, one barely visible when the photograph is viewed head on, the second more noticeable and passing through the first letter of his surname, slightly detracting from overall appearance.  The original studio snipe is affixed to the reverse side.  Having established himself as an engaging leading man during the late silent era in Germany, Francis Lederer relocated to Hollywood following the rise of the Nazis.making his American film debut in Man of Two Worlds.  At around the same time, he established the World Peace Foundation.  (Spoiler alert:  It didn’t work.)  Although he was a pacifist, his professional behavior could be quite combative, and in her autobiography Gloria Swanson recounts a jaw-dropping story about Lederer’s behavior during a stage tour.

$35