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Erville Alderson

Highest Rated: 100% Summer Stock (1950)

Lowest Rated: 17% The Sea of Grass (1947)

Birthday: Invalid date

Birthplace: Not Available

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



85% The Spirit of St. Louis Burt 1957
100% Summer Stock Zeb 1950
No Score Yet Dancing in the Dark Neighbor 1949
No Score Yet Kidnapped Mungo 1948
83% The Bishop's Wife Stevens 1948
No Score Yet High Wall Patient 1947
80% 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
100% 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 Man from Frisco Judge McLain 1944
No Score Yet Arizona Trail Dan Trent 1943
No Score Yet First Comes Courage Soren 1943
85% 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
No Score Yet The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe Schoolmaster 1942
86% Sergeant York Nate Tompkins 1941
95% 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
83% Santa Fe Trail Jefferson Davis 1940
95% 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
88% 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
95% 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
88% Arrowsmith Actor 1931
No Score Yet Speakeasy City Editor 1929
82% Sally of the Sawdust Judge Foster 1925
No Score Yet Isn't Life Wonderful The professor 1924
57% America Justice Montague 1924


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