LGBT History: Talkies Actor Johnny Arthur

Queerty is reporting that actor Johnny Arthur, who played a lot of foppish characters in pre-Hayes Code Hollywood, will finally get a tombstone after 60 years:

When he passed away, the Motion Picture & Television Fund Home covered the cost of Arthur’s funeral. But his grave went without a marker for more than six decades, until Scott Michaels of Dearly Departed Tours started a successful fundraising campaign for a proper headstone, as he had done for other bygone cult-film stars. Michaels will host the unveiling of Arthur’s grave marker on Sunday.

“I think of Johnny Arthur as the gay ‘StepinFetchit’, says the out tour guide. “Some consider his un-PC roles offensive, but he was providing the public one of the first glimpses of a gay man. He deserves our respect. He took the bullet for us.”

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