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Joseph W. Girard



In films from 1911, Joseph W. Girard excelled in roles calling for single-purposed authority: police chiefs, military officers, western marshals. Girard continued playing such parts into the talkie era, usually in such serials as The Clutching Hand (1935), SOS Coast Guard (1938), The Spider Returns (1940) and Captain Midnight (1942). Because his later characters sometimes seemed trigger-happy and a bit slow on the uptake, Girard often appeared to be, in the words of film historian William K. Everson, "that most inefficient of police inspectors, who in picture after picture displayed the dull wits that suggested he was long past the retirement age." There was nothing dull-witted, however, about the actor's brief and convincing appearance as General Pershing in Sergeant York (1941). Some sources have confused Joseph W. Girard with James W. Gerard, the former American ambassador to Germany who appeared in the 1918 film My Four Years in Germany.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
84% Sergeant York
  • Gen. John Pershing
1941
No Score Yet The Green Archer
  • Insp. Ross
1940
No Score Yet Crashing Thru
  • Captain
1939
No Score Yet Ride 'em Cowgirl
  • Rufe Rickson
1939
No Score Yet Tough Kid
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Held for Ransom
  • Police Chief Howell (uncredited)
1938
No Score Yet Whirlwind Horseman
  • Jim Radford
1938
No Score Yet S.O.S. Coast Guard
  • Morovanian Emissary At Screening
1937
No Score Yet The Mystery of the Hooded Horsemen
  • Dan Farley
1937
No Score Yet The Rangers Step In
  • Mark Allen (uncredited)
1937
No Score Yet Aces and Eights
  • Don Hernendez
1936
No Score Yet The Oregon Trail
  • Col. Delmont
1936
No Score Yet Clutching Hand
  • Cromwell
1936
No Score Yet Kentucky Blue Streak
  • Warden Carlson
1935
No Score Yet Blazing Guns
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet The Tonto Kid
  • Rance Cartwright
1935
No Score Yet Frontier Justice
  • Halston
1935
No Score Yet His Fighting Blood
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet The Ivory Handled Gun
  • Pat Moore
1935
No Score Yet Outlaw Deputy
  • Rutledge
1935
No Score Yet Murder in the Museum
  • Police Commissioner Brandon
1934
No Score Yet The Fighting Trooper
  • Inspector O'Keefe
1934
No Score Yet The World Gone Mad (The Public Be Hanged) (Public Be Damned)
  • Nichols
1933
No Score Yet Officer 13
  • Chief of Police Kramer
1933
No Score Yet The Fiddlin' Buckaroo
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet The Big Stampede
  • Major Parker
1932
No Score Yet Hurricane Express
  • Matthews
1932
No Score Yet Texas Bad Man
  • Actor
1932
100% Dishonored
  • Russian Officer
1931
No Score Yet Mystery Train
  • Sheriff
1931
No Score Yet Defenders of the Law
  • police chief
1931
No Score Yet Just Imagine
  • Commander
1930
No Score Yet The Unholy Three
  • The Judge
1930
No Score Yet The Leatherneck
  • Colonel
1929
No Score Yet Redskin
  • Commissioner
1929
No Score Yet Courtin' Wildcats
  • Butts, Sr.
1929
No Score Yet We're in the Navy Now
  • U. S. Admiral
1927
No Score Yet Laughing at Danger
  • Cyrus Remington
1924
No Score Yet 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • Actor
1916

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