Price, Vincent. (1911–1993)
"Dragonwyck" - Signed Promotional Photograph
Signed 20th Century Fox promotional photograph of the American actor in costume for the 1946 period drama Dragonwyck. Price has inscribed "All my best ever / Vincent Price" in black ink to the lower right corner of the image. Small tear to upper left margin, signature to somewhat low-contrast area of image, else in fine condition. 8 x 10 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm.).
Price is most closely associated with the horror and B-pictures he made following his performance in 1953's House of Wax, but his work as a character actor included appearances in a white variety of films, including Laura and The Ten Commandments. In addition to his work as an actor, Price was an avid art collector and gourmet cook.
Vincent Price’s career as the Merchant of Menace really began to take off in 1946, in both this Rebecca meets Jane Eyre Gothic melodrama, and in Shock, in which he played a mad doctor. An engrossing early exhibition of Price’s unique brand of creeping insanity (and the first of his ‘dead wives’ horrors), the elegant chiller Dragonwyck was one of the actor’s favourites amongst his own performances on the big screen. On a gloomy estate in New York’s Hudson Valley in 1844, feudal Dutchman Nicholas Van Ryn (Vincent Price), cruelly lords it over his tenants. Married to Johanna (Vivienne Osborne), whom he resents because she has been unable to bear him a son, he secretly kills her when he sees a prize in Miranda Wells (Gene Tierney), the new governess of his daughter Katrine (Connie Mar). But when Miranda accepts Nicolas’ proposal of marriage, she is unaware she is about to enter her own domestic nightmare…
From the collection of Paul McMahon, a critic, photographer and artist who worked for more than 13 years touring with Marlene Dietrich as the icon’s stage manager, announcer, dresser, secretary and escort, and later spent 25 years as an arts and entertainment reviewer and photographer with Gay Community News, Esplanade, Tommy’s Connection, The Mirror, Bay Windows and other publications.