RICHARD BARTHELMESS

Vintage 8×10 matte finish black and white half-length studio portrait, by Elmer Fryer, in a military greatcoat boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen, “To Harry Williams/from/Dick Barthelmess.”  Fine condition, with extensive mounting remnants on the reverse side.  The Oscar-nominated silent screen star, a veteran of several D. W. Griffith screen classics, made a smooth transition to sound, but his popularity declined by 1933, and despite several fine, tough performances in 1934 and 1935, he was unable to re-establish his former leading man status. He retired permanently from the screen in 1942 and lived comfortably off real estate investments for the rest of his life, reportedly embittered by the undeserved flameout of his acting career.

$125