Java Head (Anna May Wong)

Java Head (Anna May Wong)

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A wonderful collection of six main character autographs from the film ;

On a single lined exercise-book page together (collectors notation Java Head), all signed in pencil ; Anna May Wong (Princess Taou Yuen) d1961 (signing her name in both English and Chinese characters) / John Loder (Gerrit) d1988 / Edmund Gwenn (Jeremy Ammidon) d1959  AND on autograph book pages Elizabeth Allan (Nettie Vollar) d1990 / George Curzon (Edward Dunsack) d1976 and Ralph Richardson (William) d1983.

Double mounted for fine display with photographs.

A very rare set of autographs and a real treasure find for serious Anna May Wong collectors 

ANNA MAY WONG autograph d1961. American actress, the first Chinese-American movie-star and the first Asian-American to become an International star. Her long and varied career spanned both silent and sound film, television, stage and radio. Her best known films include ; The Toll Of The Sea (1922) / The Thief Of Bagdad (1924) which made her a fashion-icon / Piccadilly (1929) / Daughter Of The Dragon (1931) and Shanghai Express (1932) with Marlene Dietrich. She paid less attention to her film career during WW2, when she devoted her time and money to helping the Chinese cause against Japan. She returned to the public eye in the 1950s in several television appearances as well as her own series in 1951, The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong.  She had been planning to return to film in Flower Drum Song when she died of a heart attack aged just 56 in 1961. 


Mainly from the vintage 1930s autograph book of Leonard Wright of London, containing many entertainment notables of the period. The majority of autographs were in ink / pencil and were dated between 1932-1939. The other three signatures sourced from UACC dealers. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.


24x16in >> Acid Free Mount >> Unframed


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About Java Head (Anna May Wong)

Java Head (Anna May Wong)

JAVA HEAD. 1934 British historical drama film directed by Thorold Dickinson and J Walter Ruben. Based on the novel by Joseph Hergesheimer, “Java Head” takes place in the English port city of Bristol during the 1850s. The local maritime trade is commanded by the Ammidon family, headed by the old salt patriarch played by EDMUND GWENN (best known today for his Oscar-winning role as Santa Claus in “The Miracle on 34th Street”). Old Ammidon’s sons are polar opposites : snarky William (RALPH RICHARDSON) never went to sea and spends much of his time trying to get his father to update and modernize his fleet, while dashing Gerrit (JOHN LODER) has sailed all over the world. Gerrit is a handsome guy but he’s also somewhat dumb — he doesn’t realize that lovely Nettie Vollar (ELIZABETH ALLAN) is madly in love with him. Alas, Nettie’s father is a dour Bible-thumper who’s had a running feud with Old Ammidon for 20 years and this long-standing bitterness prevents Nettie from hoping to become Gerrit’s wife. Gerrit, to everyone’s surprise, eventually marries a girl from out of town. Way out of town, to be precise — China! He returns from an around-the-world sail with a new bride in the form of the Manchu Princess Taou Yuen (ANNA MAY WONG). With her exotic colorful clothing and dramatic make-up, Taou Yuen seems like she came from another planet to the pale, colorless people of Bristol. Although initial sneering about having “that heathen” in the neighborhood greets her arrival, Taou Yuen slowly manages to integrate herself into the Ammidon household and the community. But too quickly, Gerrit begins to have second thoughts about his Chinese wife. He begins spending more time with Nettie and begins to realize that she might have been a more appropriate wife. Meanwhile, old man Ammidon discovers that his sneaky son William has been using the family fleet to import illegal opium from China. This proves too much and the elder Ammidon spins around the room while clutching his chest, collapsing into a cardiac death. When Taou Yuen mourns for her dead father-in-law in the traditional Buddhist manner, she is berated by her husband for the “barbaric ways” she expresses grief. Realizing this cannot go on much longer, Taou Yuen poisons herself with a cup full of opium. Gerrit immediately sails off with his second wife, Nettie, to points unknown.........


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