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Ford signed this $50 check in 1929, one year before he first appeared on the silver screen.
Check signed "Wallace Ford". 6¼x2¾ with perforated left edge. Dec. 7, 1929. Check no. 48 for $50, made out to "The Lambs [illegible]", possibly The Lamb's Theatre in New York City's Times Square. Drawn from Ford's account at the Bayside, Queens branch of The National Bank of Bayside in New York. This check was signed one year before Ford's film debut in the short Fore (1930). He played two shows in 1929, Gypsy and The Nut Farm, neither of which played at The Lamb's Theatre. 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 of 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). Normal bank stamps and cancellation holes, which touch signature. Ink transference from stamps on verso, which touches handwriting but not signature. Otherwise in fine condition.

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Born: February 12, 1898 in Bolton, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Died: June 11, 1966 in Woodland Hills, California

Film Credits
2008 Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood (Other), 1999 Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed (Other), 1965 A Patch of Blue (Performer), 1964 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (Performer), 1964 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (Performer), 1964 The Great Adventure (Performer), 1964 The Andy Griffith Show (Performer), 1964 Lassie (Performer), 1963-1964 Vacation Playhouse (Performer), 1963 Alcoa Premiere (Performer), 1962 Wide Country (Performer), 1961 The Dick Powell Theatre (Performer), 1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (Performer), 1961 Peter Loves Mary (Performer), 1960 Tess of the Storm Country (Performer), 1960 Tales of Wells Fargo (Performer), 1960 Klondike (Performer), 1959-1960 The Deputy (Performer), 1959 Whirlybirds (Performer), 1959 Warlock (Performer), 1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (Performer), 1958 Twilight for the Gods (Performer), 1958 Trackdown (Performer), 1958 The Matchmaker (Performer), 1958 The Last Hurrah (Performer), 1957-1958 Studio 57 (Performer), 1957-1958 Playhouse 90 (Performer), 1957 The Court of Last Resort (Performer), 1956 Thunder Over Arizona (Performer), 1956 The Rainmaker (Performer), 1956 The Maverick Queen (Performer), 1956 The First Texan (Performer), 1956 Stagecoach to Fury (Performer), 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (Performer), 1956 Johnny Concho (Performer), 1955-1957 Climax! (Performer), 1955 Wichita (Performer), 1955 The Whistler (Performer), 1955 The Spoilers (Performer), 1955 The Man from Laramie (Performer), 1955 The Ford Television Theatre (Performer), 1955 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (Performer), 1955 Star Stage (Performer), 1955 Lucy Gallant (Performer), 1955 Kings Row (Performer), 1955 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (Performer), 1955 Damon Runyon Theater (Performer), 1955 Celebrity Playhouse (Performer), 1955 A Lawless Street (Performer), 1954-1958 Father Knows Best (Performer), 1954 The Boy from Oklahoma (Performer), 1954 Studio One in Hollywood (Performer), 1954 She Couldn't Say No (Performer), 1954 Make Room for Daddy (Performer), 1954 Justice (Performer), 1954 Inner Sanctum (Performer), 1954 Destry (Performer), 1954 3 Ring Circus (Performer), 1953-1954 Armstrong Circle Theatre (Performer), 1953 This Is Your Life (in person), 1953 The Plymouth Playhouse (Performer), 1953 The Nebraskan (Performer), 1953 The Motorola Television Hour (Performer), 1953 The Great Jesse James Raid (Performer), 1953 Goodyear Playhouse (Performer), 1953 General Electric Theater (Performer), 1953 Death Valley Days (Performer), 1953 Campbell Summer Soundstage (Performer), 1952-1957 Schlitz Playhouse (Performer), 1952 Rodeo (Performer), 1952 Flesh and Fury (Performer), 1951 Warpath (Performer), 1951 Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (Performer), 1951 He Ran All the Way (Performer), 1950 The Furies (Performer), 1950 The Breaking Point (Performer), 1950 Harvey (Performer), 1950 Dakota Lil (Performer), 1949 The Set-Up (Performer), 1949 Red Stallion in the Rockies (Performer), 1948 Shed No Tears (Performer), 1948 Man from Texas (Performer), 1948 Embraceable You (Performer), 1948 Coroner Creek (Performer), 1948 Belle Starr's Daughter (Performer), 1947 T-Men (Performer), 1947 Magic Town (Performer), 1947 Dead Reckoning (Performer), 1946 The Green Years (Performer), 1946 Rendezvous with Annie (Performer), 1946 Lover Come Back (Performer), 1946 Crack-Up (Performer), 1946 Black Angel (Performer), 1946 A Guy Could Change (Performer), 1945 They Were Expendable (Performer), 1945 The Great John L. (Performer), 1945 Spellbound (Performer), 1945 On Stage Everybody (Performer), 1945 Blood on the Sun (Performer), 1944 Secret Command (Performer), 1944 Machine Gun Mama (Performer), 1943 The Cross of Lorraine (Performer), 1943 The Ape Man (Performer), 1943 Shadow of a Doubt (Performer), 1942 The Mummy's Tomb (Performer), 1942 Seven Days' Leave (Performer), 1942 Scattergood Survives a Murder (Performer), 1942 Inside the Law (Performer), 1941 Roar of the Press (Performer), 1941 Murder by Invitation (Performer), 1941 Blues in the Night (Performer), 1941 All Through the Night (Performer), 1941 A Man Betrayed (Performer), 1940 Two Girls on Broadway (Performer), 1940 The Mummy's Hand (Performer), 1940 Scatterbrain (Performer), 1940 Love, Honor and Oh-Baby! (Performer), 1940 Isle of Destiny (Performer), 1940 Give Us Wings (Performer), 1939 Back Door to Heaven (Performer), 1938/II Mad About Money (Performer), 1938 The Marines Come Thru (Performer), 1938 Swing It, Sailor! (Performer), 1937 You're in the Army Now (Performer), 1937 Jericho (Performer), 1937 Exiled to Shanghai (Performer), 1936 Two in the Dark (Performer), 1936 The Rogues' Tavern (Performer), 1936 Absolute Quiet (Performer), 1936 A Son Comes Home (Performer), 1935 The Whole Town's Talking (Performer), 1935 The Nut Farm (Performer), 1935 The Informer (Performer), 1935 Swellhead (Performer), 1935 She Couldn't Take It (Performer), 1935 One Frightened Night (Performer), 1935 Men of the Hour (Performer), 1935 Mary Burns, Fugitive (Performer), 1935 In Spite of Danger (Performer), 1935 Get That Man (Performer), 1935 Another Face (Performer), 1934 The Mysterious Mr. Wong (Performer), 1934 The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (Performer), 1934 The Lost Patrol (Performer), 1934 The Hollywood Gad-About (in person), 1934 Money Means Nothing (Performer), 1934 Men in White (Performer), 1934 I Hate Women (Performer), 1934 A Woman's Man (Performer), 1933 Three Cornered Moon (Performer), 1933 The Big Cage (Performer), 1933 Night of Terror (Performer), 1933 My Woman (Performer), 1933 Headline Shooter (Performer), 1933 Goodbye Again (Performer), 1933 Employees' Entrance (Performer), 1933 East of Fifth Avenue (Performer), 1932 The Wet Parade (Performer), 1932 The Beast of the City (Performer), 1932 Skyscraper Souls (Performer), 1932 Hypnotized (Performer), 1932 Freaks (Performer), 1932 Central Park (Performer), 1932 Are You Listening (Performer), 1931 X Marks the Spot (Performer), 1931 Possessed (Performer), 1930 Fore (Performer), 1930 Fore (in person), 1930 Absent Minded (Performer)

Theatre Credits
Kindred - Performer (December 26, 1939 - January 6, 1940), Of Mice and Men - Performer (November 23, 1937 - May 1938), The Nut Farm - Performer (October 14, 1929 - November 1929), Gypsy - Performer (January 14, 1929 - March 1929), Pigs - Performer (September 1, 1924 - June 1925), Nancy Ann - Performer (March 31, 1924 - May 1924), Gypsy Jim - Performer (January 14, 1924 - March 1924), Nobody's Business - Performer (October 22, 1923 - November 1923), Broken Branches - Performer (March 6, 1922 - March 1922), The Poppy God - Performer (August 29, 1921 - September 1921)

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