Please note: Autographs from the Leonard Finger collection have not been autenticated by Spence/Grad but we believe these autographs to be as stated.

    Adler (1855-1926) emigrated to America from Russia in 1889. He had earned the title "Great Eagle" through various London stage successes of the early 1880s. He operated out of the Union Theatre on Broadway and 8th Street and gained notoriety when he started playing in Yiddish version of the classics. The role that started this trend was the "Yiddish King Lear", adopted by Joseph Gordin. The effort to bring theatre to a higher plane was in sharp contrast to the "Shund" movement, headed by Boris Thomashevsky, that sought commercial success through sensational melodramas. In 1903, Adler became an international superstar because of his success in a production on Broadway of "The Merchant of Venice", as Shylock. He then produced a Yiddish version. Besides his role in taking Yiddish theatre to new levels of excellence, Adler was the scion of a Broadway dynasty that included his children, Stella and Luther. Adler material in this lot includes: bold and resonant Falk cabinet card, a 1914 brochure for Adler’s wife, "Madame Sarah Adler", with an all-star cast in the film "Sins of the Parents" playing at Brooklyn’s Garden Theatre, 7 1/2 x 9 1/4" mounted portrait of Jacob’s son, Charles (a vaudeville dancer and headliner), an 11 x 14" publicity still of "Adler & Bradford" from Earl Carroll’s Vanities, 13 x 8" BYRON production still of Jacob Adler in "The Broken Hearts" (chipping to left and right sides). Sold together with 5 x 8" portrait of Paul Muni (then working in the Yiddish theatre as Muni Weisenfeld, prior to his phenomenal career in Hollywood) with minor creases plus a damaged portrait of Muni’s sister-in-law, actress Lucy Finkel.

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