GEORGE K ARTHUR

GEORGE K. ARTHUR. Scarce vintage 3.5 x 5.5 matte finish sepia tone portrait of the pint-size, brash British comic actor, boldly signed in black fountain pen, “With Best wishes/George K. Arthur/(‘Kipps’).” Fine condition, with trivial bends in the top right corner and a few small spots along the bottom edge. With virtually no prior film experience, journeyman actor George K. Arthur talked himself into the starring role of Kipps in 1921 and became an overnight star in his native England. He soon relocated to Hollywood, where it took several hardscrabble years to estaablish himself. However, in 1925 he was signed to a contract with MGM, which soon paired him with lanky Karl Dane in a series of popular, if intellectually undemanding, screen farces. His career began to fade with the advent of sound, and after a final screen appearance in 1935 he bounced unsuccessfully from one career to another, ultimately establishing himself as a producer of short films and winning an Oscar in 1957 for The Bespoke Overcoat.

$45