Harrison Ford (1884-1957)

Harrison Ford, Silent Film Star

My personal all time favorite silent movie star, a wonderful, class act, with his sparkling eyes and impish smile, Harrison Ford was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 16th, 1884. Apparently never finishing school, Harrison embarked on a theatrical career while still in his teens, playing in various theater circuits on the East coast, treading the boards in stock to learn his craft, until finally making it to the Broadway stage. After playing in “Strongheart” on Broadway, Harrison became interested in silent film acting and pantomime. He moved to Hollywood in 1915, and eventually became affiliated with the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, playing bit parts until making his first notable appearance with Fanny Ward in “The Crystal Gazer” (1917). Harrison followed that film with several fun and romantic comedies, happily playing opposite the perky Constance Talmadge, with whom he had an excellent rapport. Harrison appeared with many of the great stars of the silent era, including Wallace Reid, Norma Talmadge, Clara Bow, Marie Prevost, Marion Davies, and Gloria Swanson. Several special films of note for Harrison were “A Pair of Silk Stockings” (1918), “Shadows” (1922) opposite Lon Chaney, “Foolish Wives” (1922), “The Primitive Lover” (1922), “Smilin’ Through” (1922), “Vanity Fair” (1923), “Little Old New York” (1923), “Janice Meredith” (1924), “Up in Mabel’s Room” (1926), “Rubber Tires” (1927), “Let ‘Er Go, Gallegher” (1928), and “Blonde For A Night” (1928). When sound arrived to films, Harrison made a few pictures, then retired from the screen in 1934 to concentrate on his first love, stage acting. He travelled to London to appear on stage there, then returned to the West Coast of the U.S. At the Pasadena Playhouse he appeared with the Henry Duffy Company. During World War Two, he toured for the U.S.O. He also directed productions at the Little Theater of the Verdugos, in Glendale, CA.

According to the IMD, Harrison Ford was married once, to Beatrice Prentice, an actress, however I have never been able to find any other source to corroborate this tidbit of information. Harrison was a private man, shunning publicity. He continued to work as an actor on stage until 1951, when he was hit by a car near his home in Glendale, California. The Los Angeles Times, Friday, September 14th, confirmed that, “Silent star Harrison Ford was injured critically yesterday when struck by an automobile at Canada Boulevard and El Rito Street, Glendale. He was taken to the Physicians’ and Surgeons’ Hospital, unconscious with a brain concussion and fractured ankle. The accident occurred near his home at 2400 Canada Boulevard, where has has lived for ten years. The car which hit him was driven by Mrs. Margaret Schachner, 33, of 1700 Paloma Street, Glendale.” This modest actor and devoted lover of books and the theater suffered for six agonizing years, never recovered fully from his injuries. His Variety obituary was short: “Harrison Ford, 72, silent picture leading man, died Monday, December 2, 1957, at Motion Picture Country Hospital as a result of an accident suffered in 1951. Services are private.” No survivors were listed, and a short paragraph summed up his career. Harrison Ford was buried in Forest Lawn, Glendale, California.

If your spirits need lifting, and you enjoy oldtime films that make you laugh, try some of Harrison’s surviving silent films; you’ll love them. ~ Copyright © 2004 www.goldensilents.com

Harrison Ford’s Silent Films

Rush Hour, The (1928) …. Dan Morley
Three Weekends (1928) …. Turner
… aka Three Week Ends (1928) (USA: poster title)
Just Married (1928) …. Jack Stanley
Golf Widows (1928) …. Charles Bateman
Blonde for a Night, A (1928) …. Bob
Let ‘Er Go Gallegher (1928) …. Callahan
… aka Gallegher (1928) (UK)
Woman Against the World, A (1928) …. Schuyler Van Loan
Girl in the Pullman, The (1927) …. Dr. Donald Burton
… aka Girl on the Train, The (1927) (UK)
Rejuvenation of Aunt Mary, The (1927) …. Jack Watkins
No Control (1927) …. John Douglas Jr
Night Bride (1927) …. Stanley Warrington
Rubber Tires (1927) …. Bill James
… aka Ten Thousand Reward (1927)
Nervous Wreck, The (1926) …. Henry Williams
Almost a Lady (1926) …. William Duke

Harrison Ford, Silent Film Actor

Harrison Ford the First (1920)

Up in Mabel’s Room (1926) …. Garry Ainsworth
Sandy (1926) …. Ramon Worth
Hell’s 400 (1926) …. John North
Song and Dance Man, The (1926) …. Joseph Murdock
That Royle Girl (1925) …. Fred Ketlar
Lovers in Quarantine (1925) …. Anthony Blunt
Wheel, The (1925) …. Ted Morton
Sally of the Sawdust (1925) (uncredited)
Marriage Whirl, The (1925) …. Tom Carrol
… aka Modern Madness (1925) (UK)
Zander the Great (1925) …. Dan Murchinson
Proud Flesh (1925) …. Don Jaime
Mad Marriage, The (1925)
Janice Meredith (1924) …. Charles Fownes
… aka Beautiful Rebel, The (1924)
Price of a Party, The (1924) …. Robert Casson
Average Woman, The (1924) …. Jimmy Munroe
Three Miles Out (1924) …. John Locke
Fool’s Awakening, A (1924) …. John Briggs
Maytime (1923) …. Richard Wayne
Bright Lights of Broadway (1923) …. Thomas Drake
Little Old New York (1923) …. Larry Delevan
Vanity Fair (1923) …. George Osborne
When Love Comes (1922) …. Peter Jamison
Shadows (1922) …. John Malden
Old Homestead, The (1922) …. Reuben Whitcomb

Harrison Ford and Connie Talmadge, on the life raft of her character’s
dreams, in the 1922 romantic comedy “The Primitive Lover”

Primitive Lover, The (1922) …. Hector Tomley
Her Gilded Cage (1922) …. Lawrence Pell
Find the Woman (1922) …. Philip Vandevent
Smilin’ Through (1922) …. Kenneth Wayne/Jeremiah Wayne
… aka Smiling Through (1922) (USA: copyright title)
Foolish Wives (1922)
Love’s Redemption (1921/I) …. Clifford Standish
Wonderful Thing, The (1921) …. Donald Mannerby
Heart to Let, A (1921) …. Burton Forbes
Wedding Bells (1921) …. Reginald Carter
Passion Flower (1921) …. Norbert
… aka Love or Hate (1921) (USA)
Her Beloved Villain (1920) …. Martinot
Oh, Lady, Lady (1920) …. Hale Underwood
Food for Scandal (1920) …. Watt Dinwiile
Lady In Love, A (1920) …. Brent
Miss Hobbs (1920) …. Wolff Kingsearl
Easy to Get (1920) …. Bob Morehouse
Young Mrs. Winthrop (1920) …. Douglas Winthrop

Hawthorne of the U.S.A. (1919) …. Rodney Blake
… aka Hawthorne, the Adventurer (1919)
Lottery Man, The (1919) …. Foxhall Peyton
Third Kiss, The (1919) …. Oliver Cloyne
Girls (1919) …. Edgar Holt
… aka Girls, Come Out of the Kitchen (1919)
Happiness a la Mode (1919) …. Richard Townsend
Veiled Adventure, The (1919) …. Richard Annesly
Experimental Marriage (1919) …. Foxcroft Grey
… aka Saturday to Monday (1919)
You Never Saw Such a Girl (1919) …. Eric Burgess
Romance and Arabella (1919) …. Bill
Who Cares? (1919) …. Martin Grey
Lady’s Name, A (1918) …. Noel Corcoran
Mrs. Leffingwell’s Boots (1918) …. Mr. Leffingwell
Such a Little Pirate (1918) …. Rory O’Malley
Cruise of the Make-Believes, The (1918) …. Gilbert Byfield
Sauce for the Goose (1918) …. John Constable
Pair of Silk Stockings, A (1918) …. Sam Thornhill
Good Night, Paul (1918) …. Paul Boudeaux
Viviette (1918) …. Austin Ware
Unclaimed Goods (1918) …. Danny Donegan
Petticoat Pilot, A (1918) …. Crawford Smith
Molly Entangled (1917) …. Barney Malone
Sunset Trail, The (1917) …. Kirk Levington
On the Level (1917) …. Joe Blanchard
Crystal Gazer, The (1917) …. Dick Alden
Roadside Impresario, A (1917) …. Craig Winton
Tides of Barnegat, The (1917) …. Sidney Gray
Mysterious Mrs. Musslewhite, The (1917) …. Raymond Van Seer
… aka Mysterious Mrs. M., The (1917)
Anton the Terrible (1916) …. David Burkin
… aka Austrian Spy, The (1916)
Excuse Me (1915) …. Lt. Harry Mallory

To learn more about Harrison Ford The First visit his profile on The Internet Movie Database

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