TAY GARNETT. Vintage glossy 10×8 black and white full-length portrait of Garnett on his boat, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen, “To/Dottie/with/love./Uncle/Tay.” Very fine condition. The photo is most likely inscribed to Dorothy Lamour around the time they were filming Wild Harvest in 1947. Tay Garnett began his Hollywood career as a comedy writer during the silent era, directing his first full-length feature in 1928. He worked steadily as a director for the next 28 years, and was at the helm for such films as One Way Passage (1932), China Seas (1935), Seven Sinners (1940), and, most importantly, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), one of the screen’s most notable noir classics. For a decade from 1956 on, he devoted most of his energy to television. This is only the second signed photograph I have ever seen.