Softcover. 1) Twenty-four signed (some inscribed) b/w photographs of Karlweis. Two of the photographs are 6 3/4" x 9" press-photos (one b/w, the other in sepia-tone), both inscribed to Trude (Brodheim) with stamp of "Sellman Photos" and "Phot. Willinger" on verso. One signed 5 1/2" x 7 1/2'" Christmas & New Year's card depicting Karlweis on stage in uniform. Remaining twenty-one signed cards show the actor in portrait, in various characters, as well as four images of Karlweis in traditional Lederhosen. Average size of photos 3 1/2" x 5 1/2".
2) Fifteen original b/w photographs of the actor with his son, signing autographs, in traditional costumes, suits (one in bathrobe), at home, posing, etc. Two of the photos (3 1/2" x 5") show Karlweis and his son Giorgie in Lederhosen. Photos by Trude Beininger (?). The twelve remaining photographs (average of 2 1/4" x 3 1/2") were most likely taken from one of Karlweis' private photo albums.
3) 3 3/4' x 5 3/4" canceled postcard, sent to Trude Brodheim by Karlweis from Warsaw on March 15, 1935, telling her that the tour is a sensational success. Image in duo tone of the Hotel Europejski on front of postcard.
4) LIFE Magazine. April 10. 1944. Folio. 124pp. Includes three-page review on Karlweis' brilliant portrayal of a Polish refugee in the Broadway production of "Jacobowsky and the Colonel," including 13 b/w reproductions of photographs from the play. Written by Franz Werfel (rewritten by Clifford Odets and S. N. Behrman), it is the story of an encounter between the Polish refugee Jacobowsky and a vain domineering Polish colonel, which takes place during the German invasion of France in World War II. It was Karweis' first dramatic part on an American Stage. His performance received rave reviews due to his realistic performance. Arguably no other actor at the time could have played the part more convincingly since Karlweis (who was Jewish) fled from Nazi Germany in 1933. Some age wear and creasing on wraps, interior in overall very good condition.
All items in overall very good condition. Unique signed photograph collection of one of the most popular Austrian stage and movie actors. Item #30002
Oskar Karlweis (1894-1956) was a popular Austrian stage and film actor. From 1912 until 1930 he appeared in many plays on the Austrian and German stage. He became famous in his role as Kurt in the 1930's movie "Die Drei von der Tankstelle," alongside Heinz Rühmann and Willy Fritsch. After the National Socialists came to power, Karlweis relocated to Vienna where he continued a career in Theater. After the Anschluss in 1938 he fled to Paris where he remained until the German invasion in 1940. With his friend Friedrich Torberg he was able to escape via Spain and Portugal arriving in the United States later that year. Four years later, Karlweis would be triumphant on Broadway with his portrayal of Jacobowsky in Werfel's anti-Nazi play while his former colleagues Rühmann and Fritsch made less than memorable movies under Joseph Goebbels. In 1948, Karlweis returned to Vienna.