• Douglas Fairbanks Snr.

A cheque dated October 14th 1937, made out to The Gramophone Shop Ltd. for £1 - 18 - 00 and drawn on the London branch of the Guaranty Trust Company of New York. Boldly signed with a fountain pen by Douglas Fairbanks Senior, the American actor, screenwriter, director and producer. He was best known for his swashbuckling roles in silent films such as The Thief of Bagdad, Robin Hood, and The Mark of Zorro. An astute businessman, Fairbanks was a founding member of United Artists. He was also a founding member of The Motion Picture Academy and hosted the first Oscars Ceremony in 1929. With his marriage to Mary Pickford in 1920, the couple became Hollywood royalty and Fairbanks was referred to as "The King of Hollywood", a nickname later passed on to actor Clark Gable. His career declined with the advent of the "talkies" and his final film was The Private Life of Don Juan.

Douglas Fairbanks Snr.

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