Wallace Ford

Wallace Ford


Also Known As
Samuel Jones Grundy, Wally Ford
Birth Place
Batton, England, GB
February 12, 1898
June 11, 1966
Cause of Death
Heart Failure


Attractive, amiable character actor who specialized in charming ne'er-do-well's. After a Dickensian childhood (a London orphanage, 17 Canadian foster homes), Ford entered vaudeville as a teen and eventually appeared in more than a dozen Broadway plays. His more notable stage works were "Seventeen," the critically-derided hit "Abie's Irish Rose," "Come Back, Little Sheba" and as George in...

Photos & Videos

The Lost Patrol - Movie Poster
Crack-Up - Lobby Card Set

Family & Companions

Martha Ford
Actress. Died February 9, 1996.


Attractive, amiable character actor who specialized in charming ne'er-do-well's. After a Dickensian childhood (a London orphanage, 17 Canadian foster homes), Ford entered vaudeville as a teen and eventually appeared in more than a dozen Broadway plays. His more notable stage works were "Seventeen," the critically-derided hit "Abie's Irish Rose," "Come Back, Little Sheba" and as George in "Of Mice and Men." Ford made his film bow in 1931 and racked up an impressive resume of more than 100 films, mostly in small supporting roles. Freelancing both for major studios like MGM, Paramount and UA and Poverty Row houses like Monogram, Puritan and Republic, he labored through a good number of forgettable bombs. But Ford also turned in delightful performances in such well-regarded films as Joan Crawford's "Possessed" (1931), the horror classic "Freaks" (1932), the delightful screwballer "Three Cornered Moon" (1933), "The Informer" (1935), "Blues in the Night" (1941), "Spellbound" (1945), "Harvey" (1950), "The Rainmaker" (1956) and his last film, "A Patch of Blue" (1965).



Cast (Feature Film)

A Patch of Blue (1965)
Ole Pa
Tess of the Storm Country (1960)
Fred Thorson
Warlock (1959)
Judge Holloway
The Matchmaker (1958)
Malachi Stack
Twilight for the Gods (1958)
Old Brown
The Last Hurrah (1958)
Charles J. Hennessey
The First Texan (1956)
[Henry] Delaney
The Maverick Queen (1956)
Thunder over Arizona (1956)
Hal Styles
Johnny Concho (1956)
Albert Dark
Stagecoach to Fury (1956)
Judge Lester Farrell
The Spoilers (1956)
Flapjack Simms
The Rainmaker (1956)
Sheriff Howard Thomas
Wichita (1955)
[Arthur] Whiteside
3 Ring Circus (1955)
Sam Morley
Lucy Gallant (1955)
Gus Basserman
Destry (1955)
Doc Curtis
The Man from Laramie (1955)
Charley O'Leary
A Lawless Street (1955)
Doc Amos Wynn
The Boy from Oklahoma (1954)
Wally Higgins
She Couldn't Say No (1954)
Joe Whelan
The Great Jesse James Raid (1953)
Elias Hobbs
The Nebraskan (1953)
Flesh and Fury (1952)
Jack "Pop" Richardson
Rodeo (1952)
Barbecue Jones
He Ran All the Way (1951)
Mr. Dobbs
Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (1951)
Sam Parks
Warpath (1951)
Private Potts
The Breaking Point (1950)
Dakota Lil (1950)
Harvey (1950)
The Taxi Driver
The Furies (1950)
Scotty Hyslip
The Set-Up (1949)
Red Stallion in the Rockies (1949)
Talky Carson
Belle Starr's Daughter (1948)
Lafe Bailey
Embraceable You (1948)
Shed No Tears (1948)
Sam Grover
Coroner Creek (1948)
Andy West
T-Men (1948)
The Schemer
Man from Texas (1948)
Magic Town (1947)
Lou Dicketts
Dead Reckoning (1947)
A Guy Could Change (1946)
Bill Conley
Crack-Up (1946)
[Lieutenant] Cochrane
Black Angel (1946)
Lover Come Back (1946)
Rendezvous with Annie (1946)
Al Morgan
The Green Years (1946)
Jamie Nigg
The Great John L. (1945)
Blood on the Sun (1945)
Ollie Miller
On Stage Everybody (1945)
Emmet Rogers
Spellbound (1945)
Stranger in hotel lobby
Machine Gun Mama (1944)
Johnny O'Reilly
Secret Command (1944)
The Cross of Lorraine (1944)
Pierre [Flandeau]
The Ape Man (1943)
Jeff Carter
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Fred Saunders
Seven Days' Leave (1942)
Sergeant Mead
Scattergood Survives a Murder (1942)
Wally Collins [also known as Lloyd Quentin, Jr.]
The Mummy's Tomb (1942)
Babe Hanson
The Marines Come Thru (1942)
Inside the Law (1942)
All Through the Night (1942)
Spats Hunter
A Man Betrayed (1941)
Murder by Invitation (1941)
Bob White
Roar of the Press (1941)
Wally Williams
Blues in the Night (1941)
Brad Ames
The Mummy's Hand (1940)
Babe Jenson
Love, Honor, and Oh-Baby! (1940)
Joe Redmond
Isle of Destiny (1940)
[Millard] "Milly" Barnes
Scatterbrain (1940)
Sam Maxwell
Two Girls on Broadway (1940)
Jed Marlowe
Give Us Wings (1940)
Back Door to Heaven (1939)
Frankie Rogers, as an adult
Swing It, Sailor! (1938)
Pete Kelly
He Loved an Actress (1938)
You're in the Army Now (1937)
Jimmie Dean
Exiled to Shanghai (1937)
Ted Young
Jericho (1937)
A Son Comes Home (1936)
Two in the Dark (1936)
Harry Hillyer
The Rogues' Tavern (1936)
Jimmy Flavin
Absolute Quiet (1936)
Men of the Hour (1935)
Andy Blane
Get That Man (1935)
Jack Kirkland/John Prescott
In Spite of Danger (1935)
Bob Crane
Swell-Head (1935)
Terry McCall
Another Face (1935)
Joe Haynes
The Nut Farm (1935)
Willie Barton
The Informer (1935)
Frankie McPhillip
Mary Burns, Fugitive (1935)
The Whole Town's Talking (1935)
She Couldn't Take It (1935)
[Fingers] Boston
One Frightened Night (1935)
Joe Luvalle
The Lost Patrol (1934)
Money Means Nothing (1934)
Ken McKay
I Hate Women (1934)
Scoop McGuire
A Woman's Man (1934)
Joe Flynn
The Mysterious Mr. Wong (1934)
Jason H. Barton
The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934)
Men in White (1934)
My Woman (1933)
Chick [Rollins]
Employee's Entrance (1933)
Martin West
East of Fifth Avenue (1933)
Vic Howard
Night of Terror (1933)
Tom Hartley
Headline Shooter (1933)
Goodbye Again (1933)
Arthur [Westlake]
Three Cornered Moon (1933)
Kenneth [Rimplegar]
The Big Cage (1933)
Russ Penny
Hypnotized (1932)
Bill Bogard
Beast of the City (1932)
Editor Fitzpatrick
Freaks (1932)
Central Park (1932)
Are You Listening? (1932)
Larry [Barnes]
Skyscraper Souls (1932)
The Wet Parade (1932)
Jerry Tyler
X Marks the Spot (1931)
Ted Lloyd
Possessed (1931)
Al Manning

Cast (Special)

Getaway Car (1958)

Life Events


Sent to Canadian orphanage at six


Was active in vaudeville


Starred on Broadway in "Abie's Irish Rose"


Made screen debut in "Possessed"

Photo Collections

The Lost Patrol - Movie Poster
The Lost Patrol - Movie Poster
Crack-Up - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from RKO's Crack-Up (1946), starring Pat O'Brien and Claire Trevor. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.


Movie Clip

Breaking Point, The (1952) -- (Movie Clip) Sporting Blood Fishing boat captain Harry (John Garfield), ducking hustler Duncan (Wallace Ford), finds first the girlfriend (Patricia Neal), then his fare (Ralph Dummke), in a Mexican bar, in The Breaking Point, 1952, from Hemingway's To Have And Have Not.
Wet Parade, The (1932) -- (Movie Clip) Four Years More! Election day 1916, Southern author Roger (Neil Hamilton) arrives in New York, greeted by Democrats "Pow" Tarleton (Walter Huston), his son Kip (Robert Young) and newsman friend Jerry (Wallace Ford), when surprising news arrives from California, in The Wet Parade, 1932.
Employees' Entrance (1933) -- (Movie Clip) All I Want Is You Good clean fun in Warner Bros.’ (First National's) otherwise plenty provocative pre-Code Employees’ Entrance, 1933, as department store middle-manager Wallace Ford, in his first scene, can’t help noticing the knockout new model (Loretta Young), with clever popular song references.
Wichita (1955) -- (Movie Clip) Babylon On The Arkansas River None of the principals appear here, as two guys we haven’t seen (Peter Graves and John Smith, whom we’ll learn play the brothers of the star, Joel McCrea as Marshal Wyatt Earp) arrive, meeting the bartender (William Newell) and the scheming saloon owner Black (Edgar Buchanan), in Wichta, 1955.
Breaking Point, The (1952) -- (Movie Clip) Chinese It Talks Stiffed by his charter fare in Mexico, captain Harry (John Garfield) takes up Hannagan (Wallace Ford) on an offer to talk to a smuggler (Victor Sen Yung), in The Breaking Point, 1952, Michael Curtiz directing, from Hemingway's To Have And Have Not.
Crack-Up (1946) -- (Movie Clip) Train Wreck That Didn't Happen Art critic and anti-snobbery crusader Steele (Pat O'Brien) coming-to thinking he's been in a train wreck, cop Cochrane (Wallace Ford) confirming otherwise, Terry (Claire Trevor) and Traybin (Herbert Marshall) introduced, in Crack-Up, 1946.
Warlock (1959) -- (Movie Clip) Looks Like A Fair Enough Town First appearance for Henry Fonda as expensive hired lawman Blaisdell and Anthony Quinn his associate Morgan, Whit Bissell, Dolores Michaels, Vaughn Taylor among those receiving when Wallace Ford, as the intimidated Judge Holloway, has his moment, in Warlock, 1959, from the novel by Oakley Hall.
He Ran All The Way (1951) -- (Movie Clip) We Can Dance Here Peg (Shelley Winters) has no idea Nick (John Garfield), has just shot a cop in a robbery, or why he’s brought her all the way home from the pool where they met, but she’s flattered, and so introduces her mother and father (Wallace Ford, Selena Royle), the sportcoat full of cash, in director John Berry’s He Ran All The Way, 1951.
He Ran All The Way (1951) -- (Movie Clip) I Don't Want To Hurt Nobody Peg (Shelley Winters) is now being compassionate after Nick (John Garfield), whom we know is a fugitive who shot a cop, passed out at her apartment from tension, but his problem is revealed as her parents and brother (Wallace Ford, Selena Royle, Bobby Hyatt) return from the movies, in He Ran All The Way, 1951.
He Ran All The Way (1951) -- (Movie Clip) Officer Dies Of Wounds Fugitive Nick (John Garfield) has spent the night with the Dobbs family (Shelley Winters and Bobby Hyatt, Selena Royle and Wallace Ford their parents), and has promised to leave that morning, but the morning paper brings a complication, much of the scene in one shot by director John Berry, in He Ran All The Way, 1951.
Informer, The (1935) -- (Movie Clip) Paddy's Not Out Tonight Wanted rebel Frankie McPhillip (Wallace Ford) finds his own "wanted" poster, evades a British patrol in Dublin, then surprises his friend, the not overly clever Gypo (Victor McLaglen), in John Ford's The Informer, 1935.
Informer, The (1935) -- (Movie Clip) Better Count It... Dublin rebel Frankie McPhillip (Wallace Ford) comes home to his mother (Una O'Connor) and sister (Heather Angel) and a trap laid by his friend Gypo Nolan (Victor McLaglen, title character), disconsolate at the British headquarters, in John Ford's The Informer, 1935.


Green Years, The - (Original Trailer) An orphaned Irish boy is taken in by his mother's Scottish relations in The Green Years (1946) from the author of The Citadel and The Stars Look Down.
Seven Days' Leave - (Original Trailer) A G.I. (Victor Mature) must marry an heiress (Lucille Ball) whom he's never met to get $100,000, all in a Seven Days' Leave (1942).
Nebraskan, The - (Black-and-white Trailer) A frontier scout tries to make peace between settlers and the Sioux in The Nebraskan (1953).
Goodbye Again (1933) - (Original Trailer) Warren William is a sexy author, Joan Blondell his long-suffering secretary in Goodbye Again (1933) a racy pre-code comedy.
Employees' Entrance -- (Original Trailer) An unscrupulous department store manager (Warren William) stops at nothing to get what he wants in Employees' Entrance (1933) co-starring Loretta Young.
Embraceable You - (Original Trailer) When he accidentally injures a young girl, a gangster risks his freedom to nurse her in Embraceable You (1948).
Crack-Up - (Original Trailer) An art critic (Pat O'Brien) risks his reputation and his life to track down a forgery racket.
Central Park - (Original Trailer) Joan Blondell and Wallace Ford get mixed up with gangsters after they meet outside Central Park (1932).
Absolute Quiet - (Original Trailer) When a plane filled with shady characters is forced to land on a tycoon's ranch Absolute Quiet (1936) is a lost cause.
All Through the Night - (Original Trailer) A criminal gang turns patriotic to track down a Nazi spy ring in All Through the Night (1942) starring Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre.
Informer, The - (Re-issue Trailer) Victor McLaglen won a Best Actor Oscar® playing an Irish rebel who sells out his friend in John Ford's The Informer (1935).
Coroner Creek - (Original Trailer) A gunman (Randolph Scott) sets out to avenge his fiance's murder in Coroner Creek (1948).


Martha Ford
Actress. Died February 9, 1996.