WILLIAM S. HART. Cabinet Photograph signed: “Very Sincerely-/W.S. Hart.” B/w, 4½x6½ overall, image 4×5½, (two surfaces). Inscribed on verso in another hand: “For/Francis The 1st/of/West Troy.” Early photograph of the actor on stagae by the photographer Martin, 78 State Street, Chicago. Originally a stage actor, HART became the first cowboy movie star, writing and directing many of his pictures. He was 44 when he starred in his first film in 1914. Basing his westerns on his own memories from youthful travels in the West, he insisted on stark realism, using bare, unglamorous storylines that emphasized plot and character over action. In the early 20s, other western stars emerged who emphasized spectacular action and larger-than-life heroics, and Hart’s popularity faded. In 1925 he made his final film, Tumbleweeds. Fine condition. – Please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. HFSID 147124
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