Here is an extremely rare very early vintage original autographed 8″ by 10″ photo of actor Chester Conklin, from his prime in the 1910s. Inscribed to fellow silent film actress Gonda Durand–“My Beloved Wife in pictures only”–but a previous owner at some point clipped her name off. Iowa-born Chester Conklin was raised in a coal-mining area by a devoutly religious father who hoped that his son would go into the ministry. However, Chester got the performing bug one day when he gave a recitation at a community singing festival and won first prize. Knowing his father would never approve of his desire to become a comedian, he left home. One night in St. Louis he caught a vaudeville act by the famous team of Joe Weber and Lew Fields, who were doing what was called at the time a “Dutch” act. Conklin thought that he could do that act himself, and better, so he decided to develop a character patterned after his boss at the time, a German baker named Schultz. Schultz had a thick accent and a very bushy “walrus”-type mustache, which Conklin appropriated for his new character. He managed to break into vaudeville with this act and spent several years on tour with various stock companies. Eventually he secured a job as a clown with a traveling circus. After seeing several of Mack Sennett’s Keystone Kops shorts in theaters, Conklin went to the Sennett studio and applied for a job there. He stayed with Sennett for six years, and became famous for his pairing with burly comic Mack Swain in a series of “Ambrose and Walrus” shorts and appeared in several of Charles Chaplin’s shorts for the studio (Chaplin adapted Conklin’s “walrus” mustache as part of the costume for his “Little Tramp” character). Conklin was approached by Fox Films to do a series of comedy shorts, and when Sennett refused to match the offer Fox made, Conklin left Sennett and signed with Fox. He stayed with Fox for several years, then freelanced for several independent producers in a series of comedy shorts. Conklin worked steadily into the sound era, and retired from the screen in 1966. His last movie was the well-received Western comedy A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966), in which his character was named Chester. The silent slapstick comedian also starred in Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936) and The Great Dictator (1940). Upper left corner cut off, creasing, corner and edge wear, smudges left side. Extremely rare and even more rare this early–1910s. 1966A Big Hand for the Little Lady. Old Man in Saloon. 1955The Beast with a Million Eyes. 1955General Electric Theater (TV Series). 1954The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series). Danny Lands in Pictures (1954)… Murdered Man in Elevator (uncredited). 1953So You Want to Be a Musician (Short). 1952Doc Corkle (TV Series). Grandpa Corkle / Grandfather Corkle. Football Game (1952)… Episode #1.1 (1952)… 1952Happy Go Wacky (Short). 1951Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Invisible Man. Haggerty’s Waiter (uncredited). 1950Never a Dull Moment. 1950Joe Palooka in Humphrey Takes a Chance. 1950The Good Humor Man. Gypsy Tea Room Waiter (uncredited). 1949Jiggs and Maggie in Jackpot Jitters. 1949The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend. Gambling Casino Patron (uncredited). 1949Knock on Any Door. 1948A Pinch in Time (Short) (uncredited). 1948Isn’t It Romantic. 1948The Wreck of the Hesperus. 1947My Wild Irish Rose. Man Escorted Out of Theatre by Police (uncredited). 1947Merton of the Movies. 1947The Son of Rusty. 1947Jesse James Rides Again. Roy the Cook Ch. 1947Springtime in the Sierras. 1947The Perils of Pauline. 1947The Trouble with Women. 1947Song of the Wasteland. 1946Singin’ in the Corn. 1946She Wrote the Book. Man at Bar (uncredited). 1946Two Sisters from Boston. Amateur Contestant Banjo Player (uncredited). Pianist at Party (uncredited). 1945The Great John L. 1945A Guy, a Gal and a Pal. 1945Betrayal from the East (uncredited). 1944Can’t Help Singing. 1944Sunday Dinner for a Soldier. 1944Something for the Boys. 1944Hail the Conquering Hero. Western Union Man (uncredited). 1944A Fig Leaf for Eve. 1944The Yellow Rose of Texas. 1944The Adventures of Mark Twain. Frog-Jumping Contest Judge (uncredited). 1943The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek. 1943My Kingdom for a Cook. 1943Garden of Eatin’ (Short). 1943Sweet Rosie O’Grady. Customer at Flugelman’s (uncredited). 1943So This Is Washington. Inventor with Pocket Machine Gun (uncredited). 1943Three Little Twirps (Short). 1943Riders of the Rio Grande. 1943His Wedding Scare (Short). 1942X Marks the Spot. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch. 1942I Married a Witch. 1942The Palm Beach Story. Sixth Member Ale and Quail Club. 1942Sons of the Pioneers. 1942Romance on the Range. Lynch Mob Member (uncredited). 1942The Gay Nineties (Short). 1942Valley of the Sun. Soldier at Hitching Rail (uncredited). Joe – Keystone Kop (uncredited). 1941Jesse James at Bay. 1941One Foot in Heaven. Man Crying During Baptism (uncredited). 1941Sweetheart of the Campus. 1941Dutiful But Dumb (Short). 1939Chip of the Flying U. 1939Teacher’s Pest (Short). Smith Goes to Washington. Man in Press Section of Senate Gallery (uncredited). 1939Mutiny on the Body (Short). 1938Flat Foot Stooges (Short). 1938A Nag in the Bag (Short). Man at Lunch Counter (uncredited). 1937Every Day’s a Holiday. 1936Call of the Prairie. 1936The Preview Murder Mystery. 1935The Big Broadcast of 1936. 1933Hallelujah I’m a Bum. 1931The 13th Alarm (Short). 1931Stout Hearts and Willing Hands (Short). Kop (as the Original Keystone Kops). 1931Gents of Leisure (Short). Traffic Cop in’Bicycle Built for Two’ Number. Chamber of Commerce President. 1929The Studio Murder Mystery. 1928Tillie’s Punctured Romance. 1927Tell It to Sweeney. 1927A Kiss in a Taxi. 1926We’re in the Navy Now. 1926The Lady of the Harem. 1926The Duchess of Buffalo. 1925A Woman of the World. 1925The Great Jewel Robbery. 1925My Neighbor’s Wife. 1925One Year to Live. 1925The Wizard of Oz. Undetermined Role (unconfirmed, uncredited). 1925The Phantom of the Opera. 1924Another Man’s Wife. 1924Sad But True (Short). 1924The Bishop of Hollywood (Short). 1924The Cream of Hollywood (Short). 1923The Elite of Hollywood (Short). 1923Tea: With a Kick! Jiggs – Taxi Driver. 1923Roaring Lions on a Steamship (Short). 1923Clothes and Oil (Short). 1922The Fresh Heir (Short). 1922Step Lively, Please (Short). 1922Safe in the Safe (Short). 1922The Wise Duck (Short). 1922His Wife’s Son (Short). 1921His Model Day (Short). 1921Business Is Business (Short). 1921A Rural Cinderella (Short). 1921A Perfect Villain (Short). 1921The Love Egg (Short). 1921Verse and Worse (Short). 1920The Soft Boiled Yegg (Short). 1920The Great Nickel Robbery (Short). 1920His Private Wife (Short). 1920Her Private Husband (Short). 1920Chicken à la Cabaret (Short). The Chief of Police. 1919Back to Nature Girls (Short). 1919Love’s False Faces (Short). The Saloon / Lunch Counter Proprietor. 1919The Little Widow (Short). 1919The Foolish Age (Short). The Blacksmith – Who Was… 1919The Village Smithy (Short). 1919Yankee Doodle in Berlin. Officer of Death’s Head Hussars. 1918The Village Chestnut (Short). 1918Her First Mistake (Short). 1918Beware of Boarders (Short). The Statesman’s Assistant. 1918Uncle Tom’s Cabin. 1918His Smothered Love (Short). Nick – the Streetcar Conductor. 1918It Pays to Exercise (Short). Little Giant – Mostly Looking for Work. 1918His Hidden Purpose (Short). Albert Walrus – Who Lived by His Wits. 1917An International Sneak (Short). 1917The Pullman Bride (Short). 1917The Pawnbroker’s Heart (Short). 1917A Clever Dummy (Short). A Playful Property Man. 1917The Betrayal of Maggie (Short). Walrus – the Laundry Owner. 1917Dodging His Doom (Short). Percy Walrus / Mike Walrus (dual role). 1916A Tugboat Romeo (Short). 1916His First False Step (Short). Small Town Bad Man. 1916Cinders of Love (Short). 1915Dizzy Heights and Daring Hearts (Short). 1915Fatty and the Broadway Stars (Short). 1915The Best of Enemies (Short). 1915Saved by Wireless (Short). The Spy’s Ally. 1915The Battle of Ambrose and Walrus (Short). 1915When Ambrose Dared Walrus (Short). 1915The Cannon Ball (Short). 1915A Hash House Fraud (Short). 1915Droppington’s Family Tree (Short). 1915Droppington’s Devilish Deed (Short). 1915Ambrose’s Fury (Short). 1915A One Night Stand (Short). 1915Ambrose’s Sour Grapes (Short). 1915Hearts and Planets (Short). Walrus – Visible Star. 1915A Bird’s a Bird (Short). 1915The Home Breakers (Short). 1915Love, Speed and Thrills (Short). 1915Hushing the Scandal (Short). 1914Wild West Love (Short). 1914Hogan’s Annual Spree (Short) (unconfirmed). 1914Among the Mourners (Short). 1914His Halted Career (Short) (unconfirmed). 1914His Taking Ways (Short). 1914How Heroes Are Made (Short). The Boy Friend’s Rival. 1914Tillie’s Punctured Romance. Whoozis / Singing Waiter. 1914Gentlemen of Nerve (Short). 1914Dough and Dynamite (Short). Jacques / a Waiter. 1914The Love Thief (Short). 1914The Anglers (Short) (unconfirmed). 1914Those Love Pangs (Short). 1914The Baggage Smasher (Short). 1914Such a Cook (Short) (unconfirmed). 1914The Face on the Barroom Floor (Short). 1914A New York Girl (Short). 1914The Property Man (Short). Man in Audience (uncredited). 1914The Great Toe Mystery (Short). 1914Those Happy Days (Short) (unconfirmed). 1914Mabel’s New Job (Short). 1914Mabel’s Busy Day (Short). 1914Caught in a Cabaret (Short). Waiter / Footman (uncredited). 1914Twenty Minutes of Love (Short). 1914Mabel at the Wheel (Short). Guest in Police Costume. 1914Mabel’s Strange Predicament (Short). 1914Making a Living (Short). Policeman / Bum (uncredited). Brown’s Burglar (Short). Mike – the Policeman. 1913The Rival Pitchers (Short). Mike – the Catcher. 1913The Firebugs (Short) (uncredited). 1913Hubby’s Job (Short) (unconfirmed, uncredited). 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- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Object Type: Photograph
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