JAMES KIRKWOOD. Black and white 7.6 x 10.7 book-weight chest-up portrait, with printed biography below, removed from the 1924 edition of “Stars of the Photoplay, ” boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen, “To John/James Kirkwood, “ and dated Aug. 20, 1961 in his hand at the top left corner. Fine condition, with very mild handling bends in the borders. James Kirkwood’s acting career spanned five decades, from the early days of the silent screen through the 1950s. A leading man during the silent era, he continued as a character actor, sometimes unbilled, following the advent of sound, in all appearing in over 200 films. He also had a decade-long directing career, and was a special favorite of Mary Pickford, supervising nine of her early films and acting alongside her in three of them. Autographed material is quite scarce in virtually any format. John Verzi collection.