ROD LA ROCQUE

Vintage 8×10 matte finish black and white chest-up portrait in Western garb in an unknown role, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen, “For -/Carl F. Miller/With best wishes/Always/Rod La Rocque.”  Fine condition, with very mild handling bends at the top right corner; and the writing uniformly penned against the dark fabric of his costume, but generally readable with some moderate contrast.  The star of the silent version of The Ten Commandments (1923) was a popular romantic leading man of the silent screen and a favorite of Cecil B. deMille.  Despite an acceptable speaking voice, he made a rocky transition to sound films, appearing rather stiff and over-deliberate in his enunciation.  By the early 1930s he had lost his leading man status but soldiered on in supporting roles until his retirement from the screen in 1941, living comfortably and happily with his wife Vilma Banky for close to another three decades.

$75