Original Vintage Lobby Card movie poster (11x14")
You know the story behind this historical film. So, we'll just say this is one of the best cards of the set, and in great condition. This lobby card is from
the 1949 release of this 1932 film, which was considered so abominable
for the public to see it was banned in Great Britain. .Goes without saying this won't last long. Terrific scene with sideshow people and Wallace Ford (see interesting bio for Wallace Ford below)
* We have been so fortunate to recently acquire the entire lobby card set of eight from this film. See the others below under Also Recommended.
Freaks (Excelsior, R-1949). Lobby Card (11" X 14").
Freaks was considered so controversial when MGM originally released the film in 1932 that the studio immediately pulled it from theatres. It wasn't until 1949 that an independent distributor, Dwain Esper, acquired the rights and put it back into release. The lobbies that feature the freaks are the most desirable and this scene depicts Schlitze, Jennie Lee and Elvira Snow, the"pin-heads" of the circus.Excellent +.condition
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** Of course Cvtreasures.com stamp NOT on original lobby card.
Wallace Ford BIO:
Wallace Ford's career as a character actor in over 200 films from 1932 to 1965 can be divided into two parts. In his early movies his freckled and friendly face and wavy hair lent itself to light, wise-cracking leads in a string of B pictures. By 1950 he had morphed into a stocky, grizzled old-timer in an impressive group of Westerns. What is more remarkable is that he had any career at all considering the hardships of his childhood and youth, and that he turned out, by all accounts, to be a heck of a nice guy.
Ford was born Samuel Jones Grundy on February 12, 1898, in Bolton, Lancashire, England. Somehow as an infant he was separated from his parents and ended up in an orphanage and, while still quite young, was sent to its branch in Toronto. From then until 1909 he lived in an astonishing seventeen foster homes until, still just an eleven-year-old boy, he ran away and joined a Canadian vaudeville troupe called the Winnipeg Kiddies, with whom he stayed for three years.
Tragedy had not completely left his life yet, however. Samuel Jones Grundy, still just a young adolescent, joined a friend to ride the rails in America. It was perhaps an adventure to the two young hobos, but it was dangerous as well. His friend was crushed to death by a railroad car. His friend's name was Wallace Ford, and Grundy honored him by taking his name as he embarked on his career in the United States. The newcomer's fresh face and energetic talent helped him find work, in theatrical troupes, repertory companies, and vaudeville.
Ford made it to Broadway in 1921. He appeared in such plays as "Abraham Lincoln," "Abie's Irish Rose," and "Bad Girl." More important, in 1922 he wed Martha Harworth. Their marriage would last for the rest of their lives. The couple had one child, their daughter, Patricia.
Then, in 1932, Ford signed a contract with MGM and had his film debut in "Possessed" with Joan Crawford. Also in 1932, he appeared in the movie for which many young film fans, especially horror aficionados, remember him --- "Freaks." Ford was to act in quite a few chillers, several with Bela Lugosi, but for the most part he played the lead in a number of B pictures in the thirties many of them light mysteries and "old dark house" scares. He was never the handsome, debonair lead, but rather a quick-witted, wise-cracking, average-looking guy. As was said earlier, Ford appeared in over 200 films. Thirteen of them were directed by John Ford. When John Ford liked an actor, he cast him over and over in his films. Witness John Wayne. For example, in 1934 Wallace Ford appeared in "The Lost Patrol" with Victor McLaglen, Boris Karloff, and the Irish immigrant actor J.M. Kerrigan, who would be a life-long friend. Interestingly, while filming "The Lost Patrol" in the Arizona desert, Wallace Ford clobbered a cook who had refused to serve a black laborer. Then in 1935, John Ford cast him (again with McLaglen and Kerrigan) in the highly-respected film "The Informer."
Another remarkable event occurred in Wallace Ford's life in the mid-1930s. He searched for his long-lost natural parents in England, a search that drew worldwide headlines and, amazingly, ended successfully.
In the 1940s Ford continued to make films steadily. By then he had settled into character parts --- no more leads, but still a featured player. He had a wonderful reputation in the film community. Everyone who knew Ford seemed to agree he was a nice guy, with a breezy personality, always quick with a joke, who kept things light and fun on the set.
By 1950 Ford had put on enough weight to be called, generously, "stocky." His face had softened, his wavy hair had turned white, and he now had a white mustache and often a white beard or at least whiskers. Most of his remaining films would be Westerns, many of them highly-regarded. Two of the best-known are "The Man from Laramie" (1955) with James Stewart and "Warlock" with Henry Fonda and Richard Widmark. In the latter he plays a hobbled townsman who, near the end of the film, irritates Fonda's character so much he kicks the crutch away from Ford, toppling him to the floor. In real life, Ford and Fonda were friends and appeared together in the 1959-1960 television series "The Deputy." One major non-Western Ford made in the 50s was "The Matchmaker" in which he again got a chance to play comedy. Imagine Ford, sixty years old now, on the street with top hat and cane, sticking his big belly out proudly so that a band of shirt shows between his vest and trousers.
The only chance for an acting award Ford ever got was when he was nominated (but did not win) a Golden Laurel as best supporting actor for "A Patch of Blue" in 1965. It is his last film, and in it he looks gaunt and haggard, no doubt due to his failing heart.
Martha, his wife of forty-four years died in 1966. A short time later, on June 11, 1966, at the Motion Picture Country House in Woodland Hills, California, Wallace Ford's heart gave out. He is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City.