Chicago: Photoplay Magazine, 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. Quarto (4to). Very good- condition. Item #018261
A unique collection of 124 autographs of movie stars. Contains [iv] pages including an introduction by James R. Quirk, followed by 250 black-and-white photographs of movie stars, with their biographical information printed below. The hardcover binding is rubbed, somewhat worn and is slightly discolored. The first several pages and illustrations have a child's pencil scribble or pencil stabs, page 11-12 is torn out, a few pages with a chip or piece torn off, one unsigned page with a tape repair, a few pages are slightly toned, numerous pages with small tears and soiling, and other minor defects. The person who collected the autographs, Janice Clutterham of Chicago, was a broadcast radio singer, using the stage name Janice Melody, Melode, or Melodie. She sang with Chicago bands and went to Hollywood for a brief time and continued her singing career and collected these autographs, several of which are personally inscribed to her. She numbered each page (otherwise un-numbered) and noted which films they were in, and other relevant data, writing in the blank image areas of photographs as well as the margins. The photographs are printed back-to-back; the most valuable autographs are not back-to-back with another valuable autograph. The illustrations that are signed include: Richard Arlen, Jean Arthur, Mary Astor, Lew Ayres, Warner Baxter, Belle Bennett, Constance Bennett, John Boles, William Boyd, Mary Brian, Clive Brook, John Mack Brown, Eddie Cantor, Harry Carey Sr., Mary Carr, Nancy Carroll, Charlie Chaplin, Ruth Chatterton, Maurice Chevalier, Marguerite Churchill, Bernice Claire, Ina Claire, William Collier Jr., June Collyer, Betty Compson, Gary Cooper, Ricardo Cortez, Lily Damita, Bebe Daniels, Marion Davies, Delores Del Rio, Fifi Dorsay, Louise Dresser, Mary Duncan, Stuart Erwin, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Charles Farrell, Louise Fazenda, Ralph Forbes, Kay Francis, Greta Garbo, Janet Gaynor, John Gilbert, The Gleasons, Jetta Goudal, Ralph Graves, Alexander Gray, Billy Haines, James Hall, Neil Hamilton, Ann Harding, Phyllis Haver, Phillips Holmes, Jack Holt, Hedda Hopper, Dorothy Jordan, Alice Joyce, Helen Kane, Arthur Lake, Laurel and Hardy, Davey Lee, Gwen Lee, Lila Lee, Margaret Livingston, John Loder, Jeanette Loff, Bessie Love, Edmund Lowe, Myrna Loy, Paul Lukas, Sharon Lynn, Ben Lyon, Jeanette MacDonald, Dorothy Mackaill, Frederic March, Ken Maynard, John McCormack, Kenneth McKenna, Victor McLaglen, Adolphe Menjou, Marilyn Miller, Tom Mix, Robert Montgomery, Matt Owen & Tom Moore, Natalie Moorehead, Lois Moran, Chester Morris, Jack Mulhall, Mae Murray, Conrad Nagel, Marian Nixon, Ramon Novarro, Eddie Nugent, Jack Oakie, George O'Brien, Sally O'Neil, Catherine Dale Owen, Mary Pickford, Zazu Pitts, William Powell, Marie Prevost, Aileen Pringle, Irene Rich, Harry Richman, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Will Rogers, Gilbert Roland signed as christened Luis Antonio Damaso De Alonso, Lillian Roth, Alma Rubens, Charlie Ruggles, Joseph Schildkraut, Norma Shearer, Lewis Stone, Nick Stuart, Blanche Sweet, Lilyan Tashman, Lawrence Tibbett, Thelma Todd, Lenore Ulric, Rudy Vallee, Virginia Valli, Eric von Stroheim, and Grant Withers. A unique collection assembled by an industry insider, collected at a transitional period between the Silent Screen and the Talkies.