JAMES DUNN

Vintage 8×10 matte finish black and white chest-up studio portrait, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen, “To/Gerry/I’d better not say/much here because/I was old that i/was breaking in/on the Waxman/family life./Anyway/Good luck/Jimmy Dunn.”  Very good condition, with three very noticeable bends — two at the bottom left corner, and one running diagonally in the background from the left edge to the bottom of his right ear.  Several additional but small handling bends are quite mild and barely visible.  The amiable but bland actor’s career was almost completely washed up when he made an unexpected comeback in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, after which his career spiraled downward once again.  Signed photographs are extremely uncommon, this being the first I have offered in nine years, but it is priced to reflect its less than ideal condition.

$125