FRANK MORGAN SIGNED PHOTO: ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT 'THE WIZARD OF OZ' SIGNED ITEMS TO BE FOUND AND ITS JSA AUTHENTICATED TOO
Frank Morgan (1890-1949), Extremely Rare Signed and Inscribed Vintage Photo, "To Mary - probably the sincerest thing I can say - is - that you (???) - the sweetness of your boss - Sincerely, Frank Morgan", 8 x 10, matte finish close up portrait, by the American character actor on radio, stage and film. He was best known for his appearances in films starting in the silent era in 1916, and then numerous sound films throughout the 1930s and 1940s, with a career spanning 35 years mostly as a contract player at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, with his most celebrated performance playing the title role in The Wizard of Oz (1939) where he played the Wizard and five other roles: the carnival huckster "Professor Marvel", the gatekeeper at the Emerald City, the coachman of the carriage drawn by "The Horse of a Different Color", the Emerald City guard (who initially refuses to let Dorothy and her friends in to see the Wizard), and the Wizard's scary face projection. Morgan was cast in the role on September 22, 1938. W. C. Fields was originally chosen for the role of the Wizard, but the studio ran out of patience after protracted haggling over his fee. This rare signed photo comes with a JSA Letter of Authenticity. In fine condition, with small, hard-to-see crease on right side.