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Morris Ankrum



American actor Morris Ankrum graduated from the University of Southern California with a law degree, then went on to an associate professorship in economics at the University of California at Berkeley. Here he founded a collegiate little theatre, eventually turning his hobby into a vocation as a teacher and director at the Pasadena Playhouse. (He was much admired by his students, including such future luminaries as Robert Preston and Raymond Burr.) Having already changed his name from Nussbaum to Ankrum for professional reasons, Ankrum was compelled to undergo another name change when he signed a Paramount Pictures contract in the 1930s; in his first films, he was billing as Stephen Morris. Reverting to Morris Ankrum in 1939, the sharp-featured, heavily eyebrowed actor flourished in strong character roles, usually of a villainous nature, throughout the 1940s. By the 1950s, Ankrum had more or less settled into "authority" roles in science-fiction films and TV programs. Among his best known credits in this genre were Rocketship X-M (1950), Red Planet Mars (1952), Flight to Mars (1952), Invaders From Mars (1953) (do we detect a subtle pattern here?), Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) and From the Earth to the Moon (1958). The fact that Morris Ankrum played innumerable Army generals was fondly invoked in director Joe Dante's 1993 comedy Matinee: the military officer played by Kevin McCarthy in the film-within-a-film Mant is named General Ankrum.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (Colorized)
  • Actor
2007
87% 'X'---The Man With the X-Ray Eyes
  • Foundation Head
1963
No Score Yet The Most Dangerous Man Alive
  • Capt. Davis
1961
No Score Yet Giant from the Unknown
  • Prof. Cleveland
1958
43% From the Earth to the Moon
  • U.S. Grant
1958
No Score Yet How to Make a Monster
  • Capt. Hancock
1958
57% Kronos
  • Dr. Albert R. Stern
1958
No Score Yet Power of the Resurrection
  • Actor
1958
No Score Yet Half Human
  • Dr. Carl Jordan
1958
No Score Yet Jack the Ripper
  • Actor
1958
33% The Brain from Planet Arous
  • Actor
1957
No Score Yet Drango
  • Henry Calder
1957
No Score Yet Beginning of the End
  • Gen. Hanson
1957
No Score Yet The Giant Claw
  • Lt. Gen. Edward Lewis
1957
No Score Yet Zombies of Mora Tau
  • Jonathan Eggert
1957
No Score Yet Omar Khayyam
  • Imam Mowaffak
1957
No Score Yet Death of a Scoundrel
  • Captain Lafarge
1956
No Score Yet Quincannon, Frontier Scout
  • Col. Conover
1956
No Score Yet Walk the Proud Land
  • Gen. Wade
1956
71% Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
  • Gen. Hanley
1956
No Score Yet When Gangland Strikes
  • Actor
1956
No Score Yet Tennessee's Partner
  • The Judge
1955
27% Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet Chief Crazy Horse
  • Red Cloud/Conquering Bear
1955
No Score Yet Crashout
  • Head Guard
1955
No Score Yet Jupiter's Darling
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet No Man's Woman
  • Actor
1955
82% Vera Cruz
  • Gen. Aguilar
1954
No Score Yet Silver Lode
  • Zachary Evans
1954
78% Apache
  • Dawson
1954
No Score Yet Southwest Passage
  • Doc Stanton
1954
No Score Yet Taza, Son of Cochise
  • Grey Eagle
1954
No Score Yet The Outlaw Stallion
  • Sheriff Fred Flummer
1954
No Score Yet Cattle Queen of Montana
  • J.I. 'Pop' Jones
1954
No Score Yet The Moonlighter
  • Prince
1953
No Score Yet Arena
  • Actor
1953
82% Invaders from Mars
  • Col. Fielding
1953
No Score Yet Fort Vengeance
  • Crowfoot
1953
No Score Yet The Man Behind the Gun
  • Bram Creegan
1953
No Score Yet Devil's Canyon
  • Sheriff
1953
No Score Yet Red Planet Mars
  • Secretary Sparks
1952
No Score Yet Mutiny
  • Radford
1952
No Score Yet Cowboy G-Men
  • Actor
1952
No Score Yet Son of Ali Baba
  • Ali Baba
1952
No Score Yet My Favorite Spy
  • Gen. Fraser
1951
No Score Yet Flight to Mars
  • Ikron
1951
No Score Yet Tomorrow Is Another Day
  • Hugh Wagner
1951
No Score Yet Along the Great Divide
  • Ed Roden
1951
No Score Yet Southside 1-1000 (Forgery) (Union 1-1000)
  • Eugene Deane
1950
No Score Yet Rocketship X-M
  • Dr. Fleming
1950
97% In a Lonely Place
  • Lloyd Barnes
1950
No Score Yet The Damned Don't Cry
  • Jim Whitehead
1950
No Score Yet Borderline
  • Whittaker
1950
No Score Yet Chain Lightning
  • Ed Bostwick
1950
No Score Yet Slattery's Hurricane
  • Doctor
1949
83% The Fountainhead
  • Prosecutor
1949
No Score Yet Colorado Territory
  • US Marshal
1949
70% We Were Strangers
  • Bank manager
1949
No Score Yet Joan of Arc
  • Poton De Xantrailles
1948
No Score Yet For the Love of Mary
  • Adm. Walton
1948
No Score Yet Good News
  • Dean Griswold
1947
No Score Yet High Wall
  • Dr. Stanley Griffin
1947
No Score Yet Desire Me
  • Martin
1947
No Score Yet Cynthia
  • Mr. Phillips, Principal
1947
17% The Sea of Grass
  • Crane
1947
No Score Yet Undercover Maisie
  • Parker
1947
80% Song of the Thin Man
  • Inspector
1947
60% Lady in the Lake
  • Eugene Grayson
1947
No Score Yet Courage of Lassie
  • Farmer Crews
1946
95% The Postman Always Rings Twice
  • Judge
1946
100% The Harvey Girls
  • Rev. Claggett
1946
No Score Yet Adventure
  • Mr. Ludlow
1945
60% The Thin Man Goes Home
  • Willoughby
1945
No Score Yet Gentle Annie
  • Gansby
1945
No Score Yet Barbary Coast Gent
  • Alec Veeder
1944
No Score Yet Marriage Is a Private Affair
  • Ed Scofield
1944
No Score Yet The Heavenly Body
  • Dr. Green
1944
100% Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
  • Capt. Halsey
1944
No Score Yet Meet the People
  • Monte Rowland
1944
No Score Yet Swing Fever
  • Dan Conlon
1943
No Score Yet Let's Face It
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Best Foot Forward
  • Col. Harkrider
1943
80% The Human Comedy
  • Mr. Beaufrere
1943
No Score Yet I Dood It
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Reunion in France
  • Martin
1942
No Score Yet Time to Kill
  • Alex Morny
1942
No Score Yet Tales of Manhattan
  • Judge Barnes
1942
No Score Yet The Omaha Trail
  • Job
1942
No Score Yet Ten Gentlemen from West Point
  • Wood
1942
No Score Yet Ride 'em Cowboy
  • Ace Anderson
1942
89% Roxie Hart
  • Martin S. Harrison
1942
80% I Wake Up Screaming
  • Assistant District Attorney
1941
No Score Yet The Bandit Trail
  • Red Haggerty
1941
No Score Yet Border Vigilantes
  • Dan Forbes
1941
No Score Yet Pirates on Horseback
  • Ace Gibson
1941
No Score Yet Wide Open Town
  • Jim Stuart
1941
No Score Yet Doomed Caravan
  • Stephen Westcott
1941
No Score Yet Buck Benny Rides Again
  • Outlaw
1940
No Score Yet The Showdown
  • Baron Rendor
1940
No Score Yet Light of Western Stars
  • Nat Hayworth
1940
No Score Yet Knights of the Range
  • Gamecock
1940
No Score Yet Three Men from Texas
  • Bruce Morgan
1940
No Score Yet Rustler's Valley
  • Randall Glenn
1937
No Score Yet North of the Rio Grande
  • Henry Stoneham/Lone Wolf
1937
No Score Yet Hills of Old Wyoming
  • Andrews
1937
No Score Yet Borderland
  • Loco
1937
No Score Yet Trail Dust
  • Tex
1936
No Score Yet Hopalong Cassidy Returns
  • Blackie
1936
No Score Yet Stand Up and Cheer
  • Washington Press Correspondent
1934

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