GEORGE WALSH. Black and white 7.2 x 10.7 book-weight chest-up portrait, with printed biography below, removed from the 1924 edition of “Stars of the Photoplay, ” signed and inscribed in blue fountain pen, “To John/George Walsh, “ and dated July 9, 1961 in his hand in the top border. Image by Freulich. Fine condition, with a small tear in the left border. A popular leading man of the silent screen, George Walsh combined the athleticism, good looks, and comedy skills that also characterized the early films of Douglas Fairbanks. He was originally cast in the title role of Ben-Hur (1925), only to be replaced by Ramon Novarro during the pre-production disasters that initially plagued the film. After retiring from acting in 1936, he became a successful horse breeder and trainer. Most of the films from the early, most successful years of his career were lost in a studio fire. John Verzi collection.