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Vintage original 5 x 7 in. US double-weight matte photograph of stage and silent film actor and director CRANE WILBUR c.1917.


He is depicted in a close interior studio shot by Albert Witzel of Los Angeles. This photograph was signed in black ink by Crane Wilbur thusly: "Sincerely yours - Crane Wilbur." It is in very fine- condition.

*"Actor, screenwriter and director Crane Wilbur was born Erwin Crane Wilbur on November 17, 1886, in Athens, NY. The nephew of the great stage actor Tyrone Power Sr., Wilbur first took to the boards as an actor, making his Broadway debut billed as Erwin Crane Wilbur on June 3, 1903, in a trilogy of William Butler Yeats plays, A Pot of Broth / Kathleen ni Houlihan / The Land of Heart's Desire, put on by the Irish Literary Society at the Carnegie Lyceum.

He began appearing in films in 1910, but he made his name as a cinema actor as the male lead in The Perils of Pauline (1914), the enormously popular serial starring Pearl White. A star during the 1910's, Wilbur's career as a movie actor began petering out after he appeared as the eponymous hero of Breezy Jim (1919). As the Roaring Twenties made their debut, Wilbur went back to the stage. Between 1920-34, he had seven plays presented on Broadway: The Ouija Board (1920); The Monster (1922; revived 1933); Easy Terms (1925); The Song Writer (1928); Border-Land (1932); Halfway to Hell (1933); and Are You Decent (1934). He also staged Halfway to Hell and directed Donald Kirkley and Howard Burman's Happily Ever After in 1945. Crane also performed in The Ouija Board, Easy Terms, and nine other Broadway shows from 1927-32, including A Farewell to Arms (1930) and Mourning Becomes Electra (1932)."

*(source: IMDb)



CRANE WILBUR (c.1917) US 5x7 Photograph By Albert Witzel

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