WALLACE "WALLY" FORD - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 301280
Sale Price $378.00
WALLACE "WALLY" FORD
Head and shoulders image of the English actor, signed as "Wally Ford"
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Matt/Sincerely/Wally Ford". Sepia, 8x10. Wallace Ford (1898-1966, born in Bolton, Lancashire, England) was an English actor with almost 160 movies and TV shows to his credit between 1930 and 1965. Ford made his show biz premiere in vaudeville and music halls at 11; he made his Broadway debut a decade later as Higgins in The Poppy God (1921). He debuted on the silver screen in 1930 and put bread on the table with wisecracking lead roles in B-movies, with an occasional foray into critical approval (The Informer, 1935, and Shadow of a Doubt, 1943). He also appeared on Broadway frequently during the 1920s, and he created the part of George, the friend of slow-witted Lennie, in the Broadway adaptation of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men (1937-1938 performing 207 times). Later in his career, he found work in middle-aged character roles, playing wistful drunks and wise good-for-nothings, ending his career with a powerful performance as Ole Pa in A Patch fo Blue. Ford was orphaned while still a baby; his search for his parents in the 1930s drew worldwide attention and headlines. B-movie fans may recognize Ford from his leading role as Phroso in Tom Browning's legendary film Freaks (1932). Minor surface creases (not effecting signature). Notch at left edge. Ink note (unknown hand) on verso. Adhesive tape affixed at verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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