“SLIM” SUMMERVILLE

Vintage 5×7 matte finish sepia tone chest-up portrait, circa 1935, boldly signed in blue fountain pen, “Best Wishes/’Slim’ Summerville.” Extremely faint silvering to the darker areas of the image, completely invisible when the photograph is viewed head on; otherwise very fine condition. Slim Summerville made his screen debut as a Keystone Kop in 1912, eventually becoming popular enough to star in his own series of comic short films, many of which he also directed. Making a smooth transition to sound, he was paired with ZaSu Pitts in a series of popular knockabout comedies and also appeared frequently as sidekick to Hoot Gibson. He also appeared in such prestigious films as All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), The Front Page (1931), and Tobacco Road (1941).

$75