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Erskine Sanford

Highest Rated: 100% Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948)

Lowest Rated: 43% My Son John (1952)

Birthday: Nov 19, 1885

Birthplace: Not Available

Legend has it that Orson Welles saw his first theatrical production at age seven, when a touring company of Mr. Pim Passes By played in Welles' hometown of Kenosha, WI. Invited backstage, young Welles was effusively greeted by the play's leading man, Erskine Sanford, whose kind and encouraging words inspired Welles to pursue an acting career himself. Whether this story is true or not, the fact remains that, in 1936, Erskine Sanford left the Theatre Guild after a 15-year association to join Orson Welles' experimental Mercury Theatre. When Welles took the Mercury Players to Hollywood in 1940 to film Citizen Kane, Sanford was assigned the small but plum role of Herbert Carter, the sputtering, apoplectic former editor of the New York Inquirer. The actor went on to appear prominently in such Welles-directed films as The Magnificent Ambersons (1942, as Mr. Bronson), Lady From Shanghai (1947, as the judge), and MacBeth (1948, as King Duncan). Outside of his Mercury Theatre activities, Erskine Sanford played featured roles in such mainstream Hollywood productions as Ministry of Fear (1943) and Angel on My Shoulder (1946) before his retirement in 1950.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
43% My Son John Professor 1952
85% Macbeth Duncan 1950
No Score Yet Sierra Judge Prentiss 1950
No Score Yet The Woman on Pier 13 (I Married a Communist) Clerk 1949
No Score Yet Night Unto Night Dr. Altheim 1949
No Score Yet Wake of the Red Witch Doktor Van Arken 1949
60% Impact Dr. Bender 1949
No Score Yet Kidnapped Rankeillor 1948
95% They Live by Night Doctor 1948
82% The Lady From Shanghai Judge 1948
100% Letter From an Unknown Woman Porter 1948
No Score Yet You Were Meant for Me Dr. Sanford 1948
No Score Yet Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven Dr. Dunson 1948
No Score Yet The Voice of the Turtle Storekeeper 1947
89% Possessed Dr. Max Sherman 1947
No Score Yet Without Reservations Tim 1946
97% The Best Years of Our Lives Bullard 1946
No Score Yet Crack-Up Museum Director Barton 1946
No Score Yet From This Day Forward Higgler 1946
No Score Yet Angel on My Shoulder Minister 1946
84% Spellbound Dr. Galt 1945
100% A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Undertaker 1945
87% Ministry of Fear Mr. Rennit 1944
57% Mr. Skeffington Dr. Fawcette 1944
No Score Yet Uncertain Glory Drover 1944
100% Jane Eyre Mr. Braggs 1944
88% The Magnificent Ambersons Benson 1942
100% Citizen Kane Herbert Carter 1941
No Score Yet Pop Always Pays Hayes 1940

QUOTES FROM Erskine Sanford CHARACTERS

Drover says: He was just another murderer (ie Picard)..... Nobody can help me decide this (ie the fate of Picard).

Drover says: He was just another murderer [ie Picard]..... Nobody can help me decide this. [ie the fate of Picard]

Jean Picard says: I'd better be going along, Gestapo clocks may be fast.

Jean Picard says: Somehow (Paris) is always beautiful before dark.

Jean Picard says: Somehow [Paris] is always beautiful before dark.

Jean Picard says: Tell (Marianne) .... we'll think of something.

Jean Picard says: Tell Marianne... we'll think of something.

Drover says: What is it that brought you (Picard) back (to turn himself in to the Gestapo).

Drover says: What is it that brought you [Picard] back. [to turn himself in to the Gestapo]

Jean Picard says: What time do they shoot me?

Jean Picard says: Its been a long road.

Jean Picard says: Yes, but it has a good ending.

Gestapo Agent says: You see, you forgot how to answer that one (a question that quizzed all captives).

Gestapo Agent says: You see, you forgot how to answer that one. [a question that quizzed all captives]

Jean Picard says: I'm looking a that little pulse there in your throat. (talking to Marriane)

Jean Picard says: I'm looking a that little pulse there in your throat. [talking to Marriane]

Drover says: We've had enough fishing, both of us. (after wasting time fishing).

Drover says: We've had enough fishing, both of us. [after wasting time fishing]

Drover says: No Picard, you have an appointment in Paris tonight.

Jean Picard says: At this point everybody in the world is trembling.

Jean Picard says: How better can a man live the last than three days of his life (on meeting Marianne.)

Jean Picard says: How better can a man live the last than three days of his life [on meeting Marianne]

Marianne says: We don't know where to turn or who to tell.

Jean Picard says: What? are all the men around here blind? (asking about Marianne's romances)

Jean Picard says: What? are all the men around here blind? [asking about Marianne's romances]

Drover says: It wasn't my idea,[their plan to fool the Germans] there is always the guillotine you know.

Drover says: It wasn't my idea, [their plan to fool the Germans] there is always the guillotine you know.

Drover says: I intend to enjoy my pension some day. (chains Picard to the bed)

Drover says: I intend to enjoy my pension some day. [chains Picard to the bed]

Jean Picard says: Always the policeman, here I dig help to dig my own grave and you still don't trust me.

Jean Picard says: At least it has more dignity than the guillotine. (being shot by a firing squad)

Jean Picard says: At least it has more dignity than the guillotine. [being shot by a firing squad]

Jean Picard says: A hundred innocent lives for one guilty one (his own)

Jean Picard says: A hundred innocent lives for one guilty one [his own]

Jean Picard says: I'll be honest with you, I do have a prejudice against the guillotine.

Jean Picard says: A hundred men you could have saved and didn't.

Drover says: I'm willing to risk everything on a theif and a murderer (he will release Picard to be caught by the Germans and certain death for Picard)

Drover says: I'm willing to risk everything on a theif and a murderer [he will release Picard to be caught by the Germans and certain death for Picard]

Father Le Clerc says: Anything that maintain a free spirit is worth a life.

Jean Picard says: What's wrong with [a name like] Emile on a tombstone? Sounds like a hair dresser.