Erville Alderson - Rotten Tomatoes

Erville Alderson

Highest Rated:   100% Canyon Passage (1946)
Lowest Rated:   17% The Sea of Grass (1947)
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In films from 1921 through 1952, white-maned American character actor Erville Alderson was most closely associated with D.W. Griffith in his early movie years. Alderson played major roles in Griffith's The White Rose (1932), America (1924) and Isn't Life Wonderful (1924). In D.W.'s Sally of the Sawdust (1926), Alderson performed double duty, playing the merciless Judge Foster in front of the cameras and serving as assistant director behind the scenes. During the talkie era, the actor showed up in "old codger" roles as sheriffs, court clerks and newspaper editors. You might remember Erville Alderson as the crooked handwriting expert (he was crooked, not the handwriting) in Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and as Jefferson Davis in the Errol Flynn starrer Santa Fe Trail (1940).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
84% The Spirit of St. Louis
  • Burt
1957
No Score Yet Summer Stock
  • Zeb
1950
No Score Yet Dancing in the Dark
  • Neighbor
1949
No Score Yet Kidnapped
  • Mungo
1948
82% The Bishop's Wife
  • Stevens
1948
No Score Yet High Wall
  • Patient
1947
No Score Yet Unconquered
  • Grizzled codger at ball saying "maybe long visit"
1947
No Score Yet Welcome Stranger
  • Train companion
1947
17% The Sea of Grass
  • Station Agent
1947
No Score Yet Smash Up: The Story of a Woman
  • Farmer
1947
No Score Yet Desperate
  • Simon Pringle
1947
No Score Yet Magnificent Doll
  • Darcy
1946
100% Canyon Passage
  • Judge
1946
No Score Yet Two Sisters From Boston
  • Mr. Mulberry
1946
86% The Spiral Staircase
  • Dr. Harvey
1946
No Score Yet Along Came Jones
  • Bartender
1945
No Score Yet Back to Bataan
  • Teacher
1945
No Score Yet Objective, Burma!
  • Gen. Stilwell
1945
No Score Yet Tall in the Saddle
  • Wells Fargo Clerk
1944
No Score Yet First Comes Courage
  • Soren
1943
83% Hangmen Also Die
  • Liberal Official
1943
No Score Yet Commandos Strike at Dawn
  • Johan Garmo
1942
No Score Yet You Can't Escape Forever
  • Mr. Crowder
1942
No Score Yet The Gay Sisters
  • Farmer
1942
100% My Favorite Blonde
  • Sheriff
1942
84% Sergeant York
  • Nate Tompkins
1941
94% High Sierra
  • Farmer
1941
No Score Yet Honky Tonk
  • Man with Rail
1941
No Score Yet Doctor Kildare Goes Home
  • Boylston
1940
No Score Yet Maryland
  • Diggs
1940
80% Edison, the Man
  • First Lecturer
1940
No Score Yet The Doctor Takes a Wife
  • Harrison
1940
100% The Grapes of Wrath
  • Arkansas Storekeeper
1940
No Score Yet When the Daltons Rode
  • District Attorney Wade
1940
No Score Yet Santa Fe Trail
  • Jefferson Davis
1940
94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Handwriting expert
1939
No Score Yet Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever
  • Balliff
1939
No Score Yet Nancy Drew, Trouble Shooter
  • Clinton Griffith
1939
No Score Yet The Hardys Ride High
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Jesse James
  • Old Marshal
1939
No Score Yet Marie Antoinette
  • Passport Official
1938
No Score Yet Love Finds Andy Hardy
  • Court Attendant
1938
No Score Yet Gold Is Where You Find It
  • Cryder
1938
No Score Yet The Emperor's Candlesticks
  • Conductor
1937
No Score Yet Small Town Boy
  • Skindle
1937
100% Fury
  • Plumber
1936
No Score Yet Hearts in Bondage
  • President Jefferson Davies
1936
No Score Yet Woman Wanted
  • Constable
1935
No Score Yet Square Shooter
  • Actor
1935
90% The Scarlet Empress
  • Chancellor Alexei Bestuchef
1934
No Score Yet To the Last Man
  • Judge
1933
No Score Yet State Fair
  • Hog Owner
1933
No Score Yet Haunted Gold
  • Benedict
1932
100% I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang
  • Chief of Police
1932
No Score Yet Cabin in the Cotton
  • Sock Fisher
1932
No Score Yet The Thirteenth Guest
  • John Adams
1932
No Score Yet They Call It Sin
  • Timothy Cullen
1932
86% Arrowsmith
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet Speakeasy
  • City Editor
1929
80% Sally of the Sawdust
  • Judge Foster
1925
57% America
  • Justice Montague
1924

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