Consider today’s blog an introductory preview of what’s to come. That is, we’d like to present our subject today face first.

A longer — and very appreciative — blog is to come in about Wallace Ford short order.

Yes, you’ve probably gave seen him in a bunch of classic films. Bit parts, sometimes character parts. Occasionally our man came dangerously close to getting semi-star billing.  Much deserved.

Here are some looks at Ford in action in a broad variety of movies.

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There he is (above) wielding a pistol in John Ford’s 1935 drama The Informer, set in the Irish revolution of the 1920’s. By the way, did you know that Wallace (not John) was born in England in 1898? (He died in 1966 at the relatively early age of 66.)

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Here (above) is Ford in the midst of one of his grislier roles in 1947’s T-Men, a superb film noir costarring Dennis O’Keefe and Charles McGraw. Ford pays a slippery stoolpidgeon who is dispatched by being fried inside a locked steam room.  Yup, that’s McGraw (right) who is sadistically doing the dispatching.

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There’s Ford above playing a genial geriatric (‘Ole-Pa’) in the 1965 melodrama, A Patch of Blue. He shares this scene with Shelley Winters and (center) Elizabeth Hartman.

Finally, just to show that Ford got some decent billing in some big pictures, we run the following from 1943’s Shadow Of A Doubt, costarring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten. Ford’s name may be last — but at least it’s there. He plays the camera-toting detective sidekick of Macdonald Carey on the lookout for a serial killer.

More on Wallace Ford to come.

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