Wallace Ford

  1. Burgess Meredith, Of Mice and Men, 1939.      Paradoxically, the first film of a John Steinbeck work came from “presenter” Hal Roach’s comedy studio.  He aimed to retain the two itinerant workers of the Depression era play in 1937-1938: Wallace Ford and Broderick Crawford as George and the mentally challenged Lennie. However, director Lewis Milestone – an ex-itinerant worker, himself – was praised and scorned for choosing the largely unknown Meredith and Lon Chaney Jr.
  2. Frank Faylen, It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946.

  3. Charles Kemper, On Dangerous Ground, 1950.      Before beating five heavyweights (Lee J Cobb, Howard Da Silva, Albert Dekker, etc) to Walter Brent in the snowy mountains thriller, Bond was also up for “Pop” Daly – alongside Ford, Ray Collins, Jay C Flippen.

 Birth year: 1898Death year: 1966Other name: Casting Calls:  3