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Ralph Sanford

Highest Rated:   100% To Hell and Back (1955)
Lowest Rated:   62% River of No Return (1954)
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Birthplace:   Springfield, Massachusetts
Hearty character actor Ralph Sanford made his first screen appearances at the Flatbush studios of Vitaphone Pictures. From 1933 to 1937, Sanford was Vitaphone's resident Edgar Kennedy type, menacing such two-reel stars as Shemp Howard, Roscoe Ates, and even Bob Hope. He moved to Hollywood in 1937, where, after playing several bit roles, he became a semi-regular with Paramount's Pine-Thomas unit with meaty supporting roles in such films as Wildcat (1942) and The Wrecking Crew (1943). He also continued playing featured roles at other studios, usually as a dimwitted gangster or flustered desk sergeant. One of his largest assignments was in Laurel and Hardy's The Bullfighters (1945), in which he plays vengeance-seeking Richard K. Muldoon, who threatens at every opportunity to (literally) skin Stan and Ollie alive; curiously, he receives no screen credit, despite the fact that his character motivates the entire plot line. Busy throughout the 1950s, Ralph Sanford was a familiar presence on TV, playing one-shot roles on such series as Superman and Leave It to Beaver and essaying the semi-regular part of Jim "Dog" Kelly on the weekly Western Wyatt Earp (1955-1961).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Lieutenant Wore Skirts
  • Gateman
1956
88% Friendly Persuasion
  • Businessman
1956
87% The Seven Year Itch
  • Railroad Station Gateman
1955
100% To Hell and Back
  • Chief Petty Officer
1955
No Score Yet Silver Lode
  • Joe
1954
62% River of No Return
  • Bartender
1954
No Score Yet Cattle Queen of Montana
  • Store Clerk
1954
No Score Yet The Farmer Takes a Wife
  • Quack
1953
No Score Yet Count the Hours
  • Alvin Taylor
1953
No Score Yet Torpedo Alley
  • Hedley
1953
No Score Yet The Turning Point
  • Harry
1952
No Score Yet Springfield Rifle
  • Barfly
1952
100% Rancho Notorious
  • Politician
1952
No Score Yet Carrie
  • Older Waiter
1952
No Score Yet My Favorite Spy
  • Straight Man
1951
No Score Yet Let's Make It Legal
  • Police Lieutenant
1951
No Score Yet Fort Defiance
  • Stage Coach Driver
1951
No Score Yet Santa Fe
  • Fiddle Contest Bettor
1951
No Score Yet Appointment With Danger
  • Wilder Bartender
1951
No Score Yet The Glass Menagerie
  • Mendoza
1950
No Score Yet Cow Town
  • Martin Dalrymple
1950
No Score Yet Union Station
  • Detective Fay
1950
92% Champion
  • Hammond
1949
90% Easter Parade
  • Hotel Detective
1948
No Score Yet Copacabana
  • Liggett, an Agent
1947
No Score Yet Out of the Blue
  • Desk Sergeant
1947
No Score Yet It's a Joke, Son!
  • Knifey
1947
96% The Best Years of Our Lives
  • Mr. Gibbons
1946
No Score Yet Sioux City Sue
  • Big Gulliver
1946
No Score Yet They Made Me a Killer
  • Roach
1946
No Score Yet Two Sisters From Boston
  • Recording Studio Doorman
1946
No Score Yet My Pal Trigger
  • Auctioneer
1946
80% State Fair
  • Police Chief
1945
No Score Yet Nob Hill
  • Politician
1945
No Score Yet Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Policeman
1945
No Score Yet The Bullfighters
  • Muldoon
1945
No Score Yet Thunderhead---Son of Flicka
  • Mr. Sargent
1945
No Score Yet Adventures of Kitty O'Day (Kitty O'Day Comes Through)
  • Mike, Police Detective Sergeant
1945
No Score Yet There Goes Kelly
  • Police Lt. Marty Phillips
1945
No Score Yet Lost in a Harem
  • Mr. Ormulu
1944
94% Cover Girl
  • Truckman
1944
No Score Yet The Heavenly Body
  • Cop
1944
No Score Yet Submarine Alert
  • Freddie Grayson
1943
No Score Yet Alaska Highway
  • Frosty Gimble
1943
No Score Yet Aerial Gunner
  • Barclay
1943
No Score Yet A Night for Crime
  • Hoffman
1943
No Score Yet Minesweeper
  • Cox
1943
No Score Yet Wildcat
  • 'Grits' O'Malley
1942
No Score Yet They All Kissed the Bride
  • Detective
1942
No Score Yet Meet the Stewarts
  • Cop
1942
No Score Yet Wrecking Crew
  • A Worker
1942
No Score Yet I Live on Danger
  • Angie Moss
1942
No Score Yet Sun Valley Serenade
  • Doorman
1941
63% Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  • Store checker
1941
94% High Sierra
  • Fat Man
1941
80% Dance, Girl, Dance
  • Taxi Driver
1940
83% Stranger on the Third Floor
  • Truck driver
1940
96% They Drive by Night
  • Driver
1940
No Score Yet Carolina Moon
  • Foreman
1940
No Score Yet The Star Maker
  • Uniformed Doorman
1939
No Score Yet Undercover Agent
  • Joe Blake
1939
100% Dodge City
  • Brawler
1939
No Score Yet You Can't Cheat an Honest Man
  • Truck Driver
1939
No Score Yet Give Me A Sailor
  • Ice Man
1938
No Score Yet Sweethearts
  • Stage Hand
1938
100% Angels with Dirty Faces
  • Policemen at Call-Box
1938
No Score Yet Sea Racketeers
  • Turk
1937
No Score Yet Escape by Night
  • Burly Henchman
1937

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