Ronald Colman

Category: Entertainment
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Price: £60.00
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Ronald Colman
Ronald Colman

Distinguished British actor, with a wonderful voice and impeccable screen image.

Colman’s first job was as a bookkeeper and amateur acting was merely a means of relieving the boredom. When he failed the medical during the Great War he turned to acting full-time, making his professional debut in a tiny role in the play The Maharanee of Arakan in 1916.

Colman’s first film was The Toilers (1919) but the starvation wages of the British film industry money soon drove him to New York City with about $37 to his name. His American screen debut was in Handcuffs or Kisses? (1920) but it was Henry King’s: The White Sister (1923), playing opposite Lillian Gish that was his big break By 1925 he'd begun a nine-year association with Sam Goldwyn, initially in lush romantic costume dramas (often with Vilma Banky).

Colman’s talkie debut was Bulldog Drummond (1929). He scored an instant hit with his beautifully modulated voice and his roguishly elegant manner, and rapidly became one of the biggest screen stars of the 1930s.

Following a falling-out with Goldwyn, Colman went freelance, starring to even greater effect in such films as Tale of Two Cities (1935), Lost Horizon (1937), The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), The Light That Failed (1939), Talk of the Town (1942) and his Oscar-winning A Double Life (1947). Curtailing his film activities in the 1950s, Colman planned to write his autobiography, but was prevented from doing so by ill health -- and in part by his reluctance to speak badly of anyone. He died shortly after completing his final film role as the Spirit of Man in The Story of Mankind (1957).

This is a magnificent vintage sepia fan magazine photograph (9.5" x 8") which has been professionally dry-mounted to white board (11.75" x 13.5"), with a very fine display mount, hinged at its top edge to allow easy inspection of the photograph. There's an excellent signature in blue ink across the image.
In excellent condition overall - there are no defects whatoever on the fan magazine photograph.