WALTER CATLETT

Vintage 1930s 4.6 x 7 matte finish black and white chest-up studio portrait, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen, “To/Johnnie/My half/pint of fun & music/Best wishes/Walter Catlett/1931.”  Near fine condition, with the vertical borders partially trimmed; mild staining in the bottom border and at the left edge, intruding slightly into the background above his arm; and a small abrasion along the extreme right edge in the background above his shoulder.  At the same time as he was appearing on Broadway in Lady Be Good, where he introduced the title song, which became one of the Gershwins’ standards, Walter Catlett made his silent screen debut in a feature film shot in New York. But his film career did not kick into high gear until 1929, and in the ensuing three decades the brash, excitable character actor would appear in nearly 150 movies. Signed photographs are rather uncommon

$70