Erskine Sanford

Erskine Sanford was an American actor on the stage, in radio and motion pictures. As a member of Orson Welles's Mercury Theatre company he appears in several of Welles's films, most notably as the bumbling, perspiring newspaper editor Herbert Carter in Citizen Kane!

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Citizen Kane (1941)

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Newspaper magnate, Charles Foster Kane is taken from his mother as a boy and made the ward of a rich industrialist. As a result, every well-meaning, tyrannical or self-destructive move he makes for the rest of his life appears in some way to be a reaction to that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Joseph Cotten  •  Orson Welles  •  Agnes Moorehead  •  Ruth Warrick

Newspaper magnate, Charles Foster Kane is taken from his mother as a boy and made the ward of a rich industrialist. As a result, every well-meaning, tyrannical or self-destructive move he makes for the rest of his life appears in some way to be a reaction to that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Joseph Cotten  •  Orson Welles  •  Agnes Moorehead  •  Ruth Warrick

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

In Brooklyn circa 1900, the Nolans manage to enjoy life on pennies despite great poverty and Papa's alcoholism. We come to know these people well through big and little troubles: Aunt Sissy's scandalous succession of "husbands"; the removal of the one tree visible ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elia Kazan
CAST:  Dorothy McGuire  •  Joan Blondell  •  James Dunn  •  Lloyd Nolan

In Brooklyn circa 1900, the Nolans manage to enjoy life on pennies despite great poverty and Papa's alcoholism. We come to know these people well through big and little troubles: Aunt Sissy's scandalous succession of "husbands"; the removal of the one tree visible ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elia Kazan
CAST:  Dorothy McGuire  •  Joan Blondell  •  James Dunn  •  Lloyd Nolan

Crack-Up (1946)

Art curator George Steele experiences a train wreck...which never happened. Is he cracking up, or the victim of a plot?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irving Reis
CAST:  Pat O’Brien  •  Claire Trevor  •  Herbert Marshall  •  Ray Collins

Art curator George Steele experiences a train wreck...which never happened. Is he cracking up, or the victim of a plot?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irving Reis
CAST:  Pat O’Brien  •  Claire Trevor  •  Herbert Marshall  •  Ray Collins

Impact (1949)

After surviving a murder attempt, an auto magnate goes into hiding so his wife can pay for the crime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Lubin
CAST:  Brian Donlevy  •  Ella Raines  •  Charles Coburn  •  Helen Walker

After surviving a murder attempt, an auto magnate goes into hiding so his wife can pay for the crime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Lubin
CAST:  Brian Donlevy  •  Ella Raines  •  Charles Coburn  •  Helen Walker

Macbeth (1948)

A Scottish warlord and his wife murder their way to a pair of crowns.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Jeanette Nolan  •  Dan O'Herlihy  •  Alan Napier

A Scottish warlord and his wife murder their way to a pair of crowns.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Jeanette Nolan  •  Dan O'Herlihy  •  Alan Napier

Ministry of Fear (1944)

Stephen Neale is released into WWII England after two years in an asylum, but it doesn't seem so sane outside either. On his way back to London to rejoin civilization, he stumbles across a murderous spy ring and doesn't quite know to whom to turn.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fritz Lang
CAST:  Ray Milland  •  Marjorie Reynolds  •  Carl Esmond  •  Hillary Brooke

Stephen Neale is released into WWII England after two years in an asylum, but it doesn't seem so sane outside either. On his way back to London to rejoin civilization, he stumbles across a murderous spy ring and doesn't quite know to whom to turn.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fritz Lang
CAST:  Ray Milland  •  Marjorie Reynolds  •  Carl Esmond  •  Hillary Brooke

Possessed (1947)

After being found wandering the streets of Los Angeles, a severely catatonic woman tells a doctor the complex story of how she wound up there.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Bernhardt
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Van Heflin  •  Raymond Massey  •  Geraldine Brooks

After being found wandering the streets of Los Angeles, a severely catatonic woman tells a doctor the complex story of how she wound up there.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Bernhardt
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Van Heflin  •  Raymond Massey  •  Geraldine Brooks

Spellbound (1945)

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When Dr. Anthony Edwardes arrives at a Vermont mental hospital to replace the outgoing hospital director, Dr. Constance Peterson, a psychoanalyst, discovers Edwardes is actually an impostor. The man confesses that the real Dr. Edwardes is dead and fears he may have ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Ingrid Bergman  •  Gregory Peck  •  Michael Chekhov  •  Rhonda Fleming

When Dr. Anthony Edwardes arrives at a Vermont mental hospital to replace the outgoing hospital director, Dr. Constance Peterson, a psychoanalyst, discovers Edwardes is actually an impostor. The man confesses that the real Dr. Edwardes is dead and fears he may have ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Ingrid Bergman  •  Gregory Peck  •  Michael Chekhov  •  Rhonda Fleming

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

It's the hope that sustains the spirit of every GI: the dream of the day when he will finally return home. For three WWII veterans, the day has arrived. But for each man, the dream is about to become a nightmare. Captain Fred Derry is returning to a loveless ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Fredric March  •  Myrna Loy  •  Dana Andrews  •  Teresa Wright

It's the hope that sustains the spirit of every GI: the dream of the day when he will finally return home. For three WWII veterans, the day has arrived. But for each man, the dream is about to become a nightmare. Captain Fred Derry is returning to a loveless ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Fredric March  •  Myrna Loy  •  Dana Andrews  •  Teresa Wright

The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

A romantic drifter gets caught between a corrupt tycoon and his voluptuous wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Rita Hayworth  •  Orson Welles  •  Everett Sloane  •  Glenn Anders

A romantic drifter gets caught between a corrupt tycoon and his voluptuous wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Rita Hayworth  •  Orson Welles  •  Everett Sloane  •  Glenn Anders

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Joseph Cotten  •  Dolores Costello  •  Anne Baxter  •  Tim Holt

The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Joseph Cotten  •  Dolores Costello  •  Anne Baxter  •  Tim Holt

The Voice of the Turtle (1947)

An aspiring Broadway actress falls in love with a soldier on leave during a weekend in New York City.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irving Rapper
CAST:  Ronald Reagan  •  Eleanor Parker  •  Eve Arden  •  Wayne Morris

An aspiring Broadway actress falls in love with a soldier on leave during a weekend in New York City.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irving Rapper
CAST:  Ronald Reagan  •  Eleanor Parker  •  Eve Arden  •  Wayne Morris

Too Much Johnson (2013)

This film was not intended to stand by itself, but was designed as the cinematic aspect of Welles' Mercury Theatre stage presentation of William Gillette's 1894 comedy about a New York playboy who flees from the violent husband of his mistress and borrows the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Joseph Cotten  •  Virginia Nicholson  •  Arlene Francis  •  Mary Wickes

This film was not intended to stand by itself, but was designed as the cinematic aspect of Welles' Mercury Theatre stage presentation of William Gillette's 1894 comedy about a New York playboy who flees from the violent husband of his mistress and borrows the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Joseph Cotten  •  Virginia Nicholson  •  Arlene Francis  •  Mary Wickes

Mr. Skeffington (1944)

A beautiful but vain woman who rejects the love of her older husband must face the loss of her youth and beauty.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincent Sherman
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Claude Rains  •  Walter Abel  •  George Coulouris

A beautiful but vain woman who rejects the love of her older husband must face the loss of her youth and beauty.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincent Sherman
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Claude Rains  •  Walter Abel  •  George Coulouris

Jane Eyre (1943)

After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house to care for his young daughter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Stevenson
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Joan Fontaine  •  Margaret O'Brien  •  Peggy Ann Garner

After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house to care for his young daughter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Stevenson
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Joan Fontaine  •  Margaret O'Brien  •  Peggy Ann Garner

Pop Always Pays (1940)

A businessman boasts he'll give his daughter a large amount of cash for her wedding, and then frantically tries to raise the money. This 1940 comedy stars Leon Errol, Marjorie Gateson, Dennis O'Keefe, Adele Pearce and Walter Catlett.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leslie Goodwins  •  Charles E. Roberts
CAST:  Leon Errol  •  Dennis O'Keefe  •  Pamela Blake  •  Walter Catlett

A businessman boasts he'll give his daughter a large amount of cash for her wedding, and then frantically tries to raise the money. This 1940 comedy stars Leon Errol, Marjorie Gateson, Dennis O'Keefe, Adele Pearce and Walter Catlett.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leslie Goodwins  •  Charles E. Roberts
CAST:  Leon Errol  •  Dennis O'Keefe  •  Pamela Blake  •  Walter Catlett

Sierra (1950)

Ring Hassard and his father Jeff, wild horse breakers, live in a hidden mountain eyrie as Jeff is wanted for a murder he didn't commit. Things change when they take in a lost young lady, Riley Martin, who finds that Ring has "never seen a woman close up." Jeff is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred E. Green
CAST:  Wanda Hendrix  •  Audie Murphy  •  Burl Ives  •  Dean Jagger

Ring Hassard and his father Jeff, wild horse breakers, live in a hidden mountain eyrie as Jeff is wanted for a murder he didn't commit. Things change when they take in a lost young lady, Riley Martin, who finds that Ring has "never seen a woman close up." Jeff is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred E. Green
CAST:  Wanda Hendrix  •  Audie Murphy  •  Burl Ives  •  Dean Jagger

The Stranger (1946)

A man working for the War Crimes Commission suspects that an important Nazi official has folded himself into a quaint Connecticut town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Edward G. Robinson  •  Loretta Young  •  Orson Welles  •  Philip Merivale

A man working for the War Crimes Commission suspects that an important Nazi official has folded himself into a quaint Connecticut town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Edward G. Robinson  •  Loretta Young  •  Orson Welles  •  Philip Merivale

Kidnapped (1948)

In Scotland in 1752, seventeen-year-old David Balfour is cheated out of his birthright by his evil uncle Ebenezer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Beaudine
CAST:  Roddy McDowall  •  Sue England  •  Dan O'Herlihy  •  Roland Winters

In Scotland in 1752, seventeen-year-old David Balfour is cheated out of his birthright by his evil uncle Ebenezer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Beaudine
CAST:  Roddy McDowall  •  Sue England  •  Dan O'Herlihy  •  Roland Winters

From This Day Forward (1946)

A young American soldier, with an honorable discharge, returns home from World War II to his bride, whom he married after a short courtship and has not seen for several years. The two come together with many trials and tribulations in trying to preserve their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Berry
CAST:  Joan Fontaine  •  Mark Stevens  •  Rosemary DeCamp  •  Harry Morgan

A young American soldier, with an honorable discharge, returns home from World War II to his bride, whom he married after a short courtship and has not seen for several years. The two come together with many trials and tribulations in trying to preserve their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Berry
CAST:  Joan Fontaine  •  Mark Stevens  •  Rosemary DeCamp  •  Harry Morgan
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