Ward Bond

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  • I'm watching Dakota right now. Bond was a great bad guy. He was really good in Tall in the Saddle too. I think he is/was a very underrated actor.

  • Even though he never got an Oscar, I don't think he was underrated, even at his times. If you look at those films between the 30s and 50s, sometimes I think there wasn't an important picture where Ward didn't show up - even in the non-Wayne-films, for different directors and producers, like for Selznick, Capra, John Huston, Hawks. Check out Johnny Guitar, for instance. Then, at the peek of his career, he got his "own" TV series, the starring role in "Wagon Train". So they kept him pretty busy. Copies of his Last Will were for sale once, and even though I know that's morbid, I got me one - and interesting enough, there was the paragraph in which he bequethed (sorry, as Martin Pawley, I don't know how to spell that) his favorite gun to Wayne - the one with which that famous shooting accident happened and Wayne actually wounded Bond.

  • Hi Araner.
    Ward Bond was reputed to have never turned down a picture and was one of Hollywood's hardest working actores, appearing in 260 pictures.
    Although he only appeared in 21 films with John Wayne he worked far more for John ford and was in every one of that director's most memorable films.

    That fact is even more strange when you read of the exploits Bond used to get up to and even though they were drinking buddies I should imagine that Ford's patience and liking for the actors was often stretched to the limit.

    Some instances that immediately spring to mind are the time while making Fort Apache when Ford was giving John Agar, then in his first picture a hard time, Bond flew into the location and for 'beat up' the set and ruined a take in the process. Wayne took Agar to one side and said it'll be alright Ford has a new whipping boy now.

    On another occasion during the Searchers when Ford was filming the dramatic scene with Harry Carey, Geoffrey Hunter and John Wayne which ended with Waynes "D'ya want me to draw ya a picture".
    In the middle of the scene Ward Bond wanted a shave and taking a plug out of a socket plugged his electric razor in it.

    at the end of the take the cameraman realised that Bond had unplugged the camera and most of the scene had been lost. They never told Ford.

    An finally for me the funniest story:
    When Bond bet Wayne that he could not knock him off a sheet of newspaper. On accepting the wager Bond put the paper in the door way of a hotel room and closed the door on Wayne. Duke responded by putting his fist through the door and won the bet.

    On the debit side if possible Bond's anti communist stance in the late forties and early fifties were even more radical than Waynes and as this damaged the duke later on, so it probably did for Bond.

    Walk Tall - Talk Low

  • I also think Bond was a good actor, I know him and big John were good friends but I'm interested in what things each of them said about each other.



  • Is there a biography on Ward Bond? I know he wasn't a major actor, but "What A Wonderful Life", he had (by the way, did you know he was with 'Jimmy Stewart' in that movie.

    Cheers, Hondo B)


    "When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it"

    - John Wayne quote

  • Some other fairly well known movies he was in would be -

    The Maltese Falcon (1941) - Det. Tom Polhaus

    The Santa Fe Trail (1940) - Townley (abolitionist)

    Gone with the Wind (1939) - Tom (Yankee captain)

    Bringing Up Baby (1938) - (uncredited) Motorcycle Cop at jail

    Topper (1937) - (uncredited) Taxi Cab Driver

    Now we'll have to watch some of those to look for Ward Bond :rolleyes: .

    Chester :newyear: and the Mrs. :angel1:

  • Hi Hondo

    As far as I am aware I have never seen a bio or auto-bio on Ward Bond. But that doesn't mean there isn't one, and if anyone knows different could they please let me know as I'd love to read it.

    Best Regards


    Walk Tall - Talk Low

  • Here is a list of his films and a link to his bio.[url=http://www.starpulse.com/Actors/Bond,_Ward/Filmography/]Ward Bond Bio Info[/url]

    Ward Bond
    Alias Jesse James (1959) ... Maj. Seth Adams

    Rio Bravo (1959) ... Pat Wheeler

    China Doll (1958) ... Father Cairns

    Wings of Eagles, The (1957) ... John Dodge

    Halliday Brand, The (1957) ... Big Dan

    Pillars of the Sky (1956) ... Dr. Joseph Holden

    Dakota Incident (1956) ... Sen. Blakely

    Searchers, The (1956) ... Capt. Rev. Samuel Clayton

    Long Gray Line, The (1955) ... Capt. Herman J. Koehler

    Man Alone, A (1955) ... Gil Corrigan

    Mister Roberts (1955) ... C.P.O. Dowdy

    Johnny Guitar (1954) ... John McIvers

    Bob Mathias Story, The (1954) ... Coach Jackson

    Gypsy Colt (1954) ... Frank MacWade

    Hondo (1953) ... Buffalo

    Moonlighter, The (1953) ... Cole

    Blowing Wild (1953) ... Dutch

    Quiet Man, The (1952) ... Fr. Peter Lonergan

    Thunderbirds (1952) ... Sgt. Logan

    Hellgate (1952) ... Lt. Tod Vorhees

    On Dangerous Ground (1951) ... Walter Brent

    Only the Valiant (1951) ... Cpl. Timothy Gilchrist

    Operation Pacific (1951) ... "Pop" Perry

    Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950) ... Inspector Weber

    Riding High (1950) ... Lee

    Singing Guns (1950) ... Cardac

    Wagonmaster (1950) ... Elder Wiggs

    Great Missouri Raid, The (1950) ... Major Trowbridge

    Joan of Arc (1948) ... La Hire

    Tap Roots (1948) ... Hoab Dabney

    Three Godfathers, The (1948) ... Perley "Buck" Sweet

    Time of Your Life, The (1948) ... McCarthy

    Fort Apache (1948) ... Sgt. Maj. Michael O'Rourke

    Unconquered (1947) ... John Fraser

    Fugitive, The (1947) ... El Gringo

    It's a Wonderful Life (1946) ... Bert

    My Darling Clementine (1946) ... Morgan Earp

    Canyon Passage (1946) ... Honey Bragg

    Dakota (1945) ... Jim Bender

    They Were Expendable (1945) ... "Boots" Mulcahey

    Home in Indiana (1944) ... Jed Bruce

    Tall in the Saddle (1944) ... "Judge" Garvey

    Guy Named Joe, A (1944) ... Al Yackey

    Sullivans, The (1944) ... Lieutenant

    Slightly Dangerous (1943) ... Jimmy

    They Came to Blow Up America (1943) ... Craig

    Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943) ... Sharkey

    Hitler--Dead or Alive (1942) ... Steve Maschik

    In This Our Life (1942) ...

    Falcon Takes Over, The (1942) ... Moose Malloy

    Sin Town (1942) ... Rock Delaney

    Ten Gentlemen From West Point (1942) ... Scully

    Wild Bill Hickok Rides (1942) ... Sheriff Edmunds

    Gentleman Jim (1942) ... John L. Sullivan

    Maltese Falcon, The (1941) ... Detective Tom Polhaus

    Man Betrayed, A (1941) ... Floyd

    Manpower (1941) ... Eddie Adams

    Doctors Don't Tell (1941) ...

    Sergeant York (1941) ... Ike Botkin

    Swamp Water (1941) ... Tim Dorson

    Tobacco Road (1941) ... Lov Bensey

    Shepherd of the Hills, The (1941) ... Wash Gibbs

    Kit Carson (1940) ... Ape Eaton

    Little Old New York (1940) ... Regan

    Long Voyage Home, The (1940) ... Yank

    Mortal Storm, The (1940) ... Franz

    Sailor's Lady (1940) ... Shore Patrolman

    Santa Fe Trail (1940) ... Townley

    Buck Benny Rides Again (1940) ... Outlaw

    Virginia City (1940) ... Sgt. Sam McDaniel

    Grapes of Wrath, The (1940) ... Policeman

    Kid From Kokomo, The (1939) ... Klewicke

    Made for Each Other (1939) ... Jim Hatton

    Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939) ... Sailor Sam, the Wrestler

    Oklahoma Kid, The (1939) ... Wes Handley

    Pardon Our Nerve (1939) ... Kid Ramsey

    Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) ... John Palmer Cass

    Cisco Kid And the Lady, The (1939) ... Walton

    Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939) ... American Legionnaire

    Dodge City (1939) ... Bud Taylor, Surrett's Henchman

    Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) ... Adam Hartman

    Dust Be My Destiny (1939) ... Drifter

    Return of the Cisco Kid, The (1939) ... Tough

    Son of Frankenstein (1939) ...

    They Made Me a Criminal (1939) ... Lenihan

    Trouble in Sundown (1939) ... Dusty

    Waterfront (1939) ... Mart Hendler

    Frontier Marshal (1939) ... Town Marshal

    Girl From Mexico, The (1939) ... Mexican Pete

    Gone With the Wind (1939) ... Yankee Captain Tom

    Heaven With a Barbed Wire Fence (1939) ... Hunk

    Law West of Tombstone, The (1938) ... Mulligan

    Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938) ... Biff Moran

    Of Human Hearts (1938) ... Lout

    Over the Wall (1938) ... Eddie Edwards

    Penitentiary (1938) ... Prison Barber

    Adventures of Marco Polo, The (1938) ... Mongol Guard

    Prison Break (1938) ... Red Kincaid

    You Can't Take It With You (1938) ... Detective

    Amazing Doctor Clitterhouse, The (1938) ... Tug

    Professor Beware (1938) ... Motorcycle Officer

    Reformatory (1938) ... Mac Grady

    Born to Be Wild (1938) ... Bill Purvis

    Submarine Patrol (1938) ... Olaf Swanson

    Bringing Up Baby (1938) ... Motorcycle Cop

    Going Places (1938) ... Cop

    Gun Law (1938) ... Pecos

    Hawaii Calls (1938) ... Muller

    Mountain Music (1937) ... G-Man

    Night Key (1937) ... Finger Man

    Park Avenue Logger (1937) ... Paul Sanger

    You Only Live Once (1937) ... Guard

    Conflict (1937) ... Carrigan

    Dead End (1937) ... Doorman

    Devil's Playground (1937) ... Sidecar Wilson

    Escape by Night (1937) ... Spudsy

    Fight for Your Lady (1937) ... Russell, Wrestler

    Fight to the Finish, A (1937) ... Eddie Hawkins

    Singing Marine, The (1937) ... First Sergeant

    23 1/2 Hours' Leave (1937) ... Top Kick

    Wildcatter, The (1937) ... Johnson

    Go-Getter, The (1937) ... Logger

    Music for Madame (1937) ... Violet, the Henchman

    Avenging Waters (1936) ...

    Leathernecks Have Landed, The (1936) ... Tex

    Legion of Terror (1936) ... Don Foster

    Big Game, The (1936) ... Football Game Bettor

    Pride of the Marines (1936) ... Gunner Brady

    Case Against Mrs. Ames, The (1936) ... Newspaper Buyer

    Cattle Thief, The (1936) ... Ranse

    Colleen (1936) ... Cop

    Crash Donovan (1936) ... The Drill Master

    Fatal Lady (1936) ... American Stage Manager

    Second Wife (1936) ...

    Bride Walks Out, The (1936) ... Taxi Driver

    They Met in a Taxi (1936) ... Policeman

    We're Only Human (1936) ... Henchman

    Without Orders (1936) ... Tim Casey

    Fury (1936) ... Objector

    Gorgeous Hussy, The (1936) ... Officer

    Man Who Lived Twice, The (1936) ... Gloves Baker

    Muss 'em Up (1936) ... Gangster

    His Night Out (1935) ...

    Justice of the Range (1935) ... Bob Brennan

    Last Days of Pompeii, The (1935) ...

    Little Big Shot (1935) ...

    Black Fury (1935) ... Mac

    Crimson Trail, The (1935) ... Luke Long

    Devil Dogs of the Air (1935) ... Instructor

    Fighting Shadows (1935) ...

    Too Tough to Kill (1935) ... Danny

    Waterfront Lady (1935) ...

    Western Courage (1935) ... LaCrosse

    G-Men (1935) ... Machine Gunner

    Go Into Your Dance (1935) ... Herman Leahy

    Guard That Girl (1935) ... Budge

    Headline Woman, The (1935) ... Johnson

    She Gets Her Man (1935) ... Chick

    Murder in the Fleet (1935) ... "Heavy" Johnson

    Here Comes the Groom (1934) ...

    Human Side, The (1934) ... Cop

    It Happened One Night (1934) ... Bus Driver

    Man's Game, A (1934) ... Dave

    Men of the Night (1934) ... Connors

    Most Precious Thing in Life (1934) ...

    Poor Rich, The (1934) ...

    Chained (1934) ... Sailor

    Crime of Helen Stanley, The (1934) ...

    Fighting Code, The (1934) ...

    Fighting Ranger, The (1934) ... Dave

    Straightaway (1934) ...

    Voice in the Night (1934) ... Bob

    Whirlpool (1934) ... Farley

    Against the Law (1934) ...

    Frontier Marshal (1934) ... Ben Murchison

    Girl in Danger (1934) ...

    Heroes for Sale (1933) ... Red

    Lucky Devils (1933) ...

    Obey the Law (1933) ... Kid Paris

    Police Car 17 (1933) ... Bumps O'Neill

    College Coach (1933) ...

    Sundown Rider, The (1933) ... Gabe Powers

    Unknown Valley (1933) ... Snead

    Wild Boys of the Road (1933) ... Red

    Wrecker, The (1933) ... Cramer

    When Strangers Marry (1933) ... Billy McGuire

    High Speed (1932) ...

    Lost Squadron, The (1932) ... Soldier

    Flesh (1932) ...

    Rackety Rax (1932) ... Brick Gilligan

    Trial of Vivienne Ware, The (1932) ... John's Assistant

    Virtue (1932) ... Frank

    White Eagle (1932) ...

    Hello Trouble (1932) ...

    Quick Millions (1931) ... Cop in Montage

    Big Trail, The (1930) ... Sid Bascom

    Born Reckless (1930) ... Soldier

    Salute (1929) ... Football Player

    Words And Music (1929) ... Ward

  • Araner,

    Thanks for the list. :P I took advantage of your list and bolded the movies that Duke was in. :rolleyes: He made 19 movies with Duke. They were very close friends, and it really upset Duke to find out that Ward died.

    He had a heart attack, and it wasn't expected. Duke was on location shooting a film when it his friend died.

    Cheers, Hondo B)


    "When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it"

    - John Wayne quote

  • Nothing much to add, just that I always love to see Ward Bond in a film. Like a lot of girls, one of the first classic movies I ever watched was Gone With the Wind and I'll always remember my dad commenting on how much he liked Ward Bond (as the Yankee captain). I think that in many ways being a character actor might be harder than being a leading man because you have less to work with in order to make an impact - you have to be economical and powerful all at once.

    One of my favorite WB roles is the "Bus Driver" in It Happened One Night. He and Clark Gable get into a verbal spat. Gable beats him handily, but Bond is awfully funny as the tongue tied dolt who seems to be utterly incapable of witty repartee.

  • Ward Bond at least to me, was and is, still one of the most underated actors. His finally making it to the promised land ( his own starring role in WAGON TRAIN), with all it's added responsibility's, would be the device which would bring his untimely end!!!!
    On WAGON TRAIN he was not only the star- but he was also very active in production which put a great strain on him, and more likely than anything else brought on his heart attack in Dallas!!!!
    I never saw a performance by Ward, that was not believable, he always looked so natural in whatever role he was playing.
    To see a very good portayal of villiany, you only need to see " THE FALCON TAKES OVER". Bond delivers a frightening portayal of villiany as the murderous "MOOSE MALLOY", a characterization not portrayed very often by Ward, watch it and see if you don't agree!!!
    Finally I just wanted to add that when my wife(oops that would be EX-wife) and I had our restaurant in Colorado, we had names for all of the sandwiches on our menu- one of our sandwiches was called " THE WAGONMASTER", I named it in honor of WARD, just a small homage to someone I greatly admired!!!!!

    Don't Believe In Surrenders!!!!!

  • Hi

    Some of the titbits on Ward Bond are amazing.

    As everyone knows one of the last things he did was make the 'Colter Craven' Episode for Wagon Train.

    As a gag he had John Ford direct the episode and had John Wayne play a cameo role as General Sherman, reprising his role in 'How The West Was Won'

    John Wayne appeared in dark light you never saw his face but his frame was obvious. He was billed as Michael Morris. He is reported to have said "I was in and out of the scene so quickly that people would be left wondering if it was me or not."

    Despite the fact that it was an hour long story Ford deliberately shot more than he needed and it was suggested that the story be made into a two part episode, but rather than increase the story it was subsequently edited down to one hour.

    By the time the episode had come round to be screened Bond was dead and a get together between Ford, Wayne and Bond to view the film over a few drinks was abandoned. Ford apparently was distraught, coming as it did close on Grant Withers suicide both Ford and Wayne began to realise that they were beginning to lose close and old friends..

    Walk Tall - Talk Low

  • Arthur,

    Help me a little bit on the time line.

    Ward Bond died on a massive heart attack in 1960. How the West was Won was shot in the early 60's. How could Bond have Ford direct Duke and reprise his role as Sherman for the Civil War scene?

    Cheers, Hondo B)


    "When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it"

    - John Wayne quote

  • Hi Hondo,

    I hold my hands up to that one. My choice of words instead of reprising perhaps should have been a fortaste or something, for once my English beats me.

    But Ford always wanted to do a massive Civil War Movie, The Horse Soldiers was his second stab after the Wagon Train episode and ended unsatisfactory and HTWWW gave him his final chance.

    Does that let me off the hook?


    Walk Tall - Talk Low

  • Arthur, What do you mean by The Horse Soldiers ended unsatifactory? Not commercially successful or not a good movie? I personally liked the movie and it was one of the first DVD's I bought.

    Life is hard, its even harder when your stupid!!
    -John Wayne

  • Hi SXViper

    We have an expression that if tour digging yourself into a hole its best to stop digging. But at the expense of digging myself deeper. here goes.

    What I meant by The Horse Soldiers unsatisfactory ending was The unfortunate death of the stunt man Fred Kennedy after which Ford Lost all interest in the picture and instead of the upbeat triumphal arrival of Marlowe's brigade in New Orleans, Ford cut the picture at the bridge.

    On a personnal note I enjoyed the picture but was unfortunate to have read Sinclairs book beforehand. I think that if Ford had stuck exactly to the novel It would have been a very difficult film to make mainly because very early on on the book Marlowe splits his command and every other chapter follows each halves exploits.

    There was no love interest in that Hannah features briefly in the book and is insane. And the doctor plays a very insignificant role If I remember correctly when instead of disobeying orders and delivering the baby he obeys Marlowes command, and assumingly leaves the women to fend for herself.

    Also in the book there is a fantastic train crash where they drive the train over a high bridge.

    I think now is the time for me to stop digging.


    Walk Tall - Talk Low

  • Arthur,

    Don't worry about that, I've dug myself in a hole on this board, and many other places. And no one has buried me yet. :lol: I just wanted clarifiaction on some of what you said. I didn't think HTWWW would have been in production for 4 or 5 years with that many actors involved. And the word, "repirsed" confused me. But ask some on the board, I get confused all the time, and very easily too. :rolleyes:

    Cheers, Hondo B)


    "When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it"

    - John Wayne quote

  • Arthur, you were not digging yourself in a hole. In fact, you explained yourself very well and now I understand what you meant. I didn't know that a stunt man had died filming The Horse Soldiers, and I would say that the ending does leave alittle to be desired. Keep the info coming, you obviously have alot to give so keep it coming. Thanks again.

    Life is hard, its even harder when your stupid!!
    -John Wayne