Charles Ambrose Bickford (January 1, 1891 – November 9, 1967) was an American actor best known for his supporting roles. He was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for The Song of Bernadette (1943), The Farmer's Daughter (1947), and Johnny Belinda (1948). His other notable roles include Whirlpool (1948), A Star Is Born (1954), and The Big Country (1958).
Movies & TV shows
A look at actresses who starred in films with thought-provoking subjects made between 1930 and July 1934, before the Hollywood Production Code —the infamous Hays Code— was enforced.
A Big Hand for the Little Lady
A naive traveler in Laredo gets involved in a poker game between the richest men in the area, jeopardizing all the money he has saved for the purpose of settling with his wife and child in San Antonio...
Della Chappell is a very wealthy and incredibly reclusive woman. When a big company wants the land Della lives on, the town sends out Barney Stafford to talk to her. She invites Barney over to negotia...
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Days of Wine and Roses
An alcoholic falls in love with a young woman and gets married to her so that he can share his passion for booze with her.
The Virginian is an American Western television series starring James Drury and Doug McClure, which aired on NBC from 1962 to 1971 for a total of 249 episodes. It was a spin-off from a 1958 summer ser...
The Big Country
Retired wealthy sea captain Jim McKay arrives in the vast expanse of the West to marry fiancée Pat Terrill. McKay is a man whose values and approach to life are a mystery to the ranchers and ranch for...
Days of Wine and Roses
An alcoholic falls in love with and gets married to a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his "passion" together.
The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell
A dramatization of the American general and his court martial for publically complaining about High Command's dismissal and neglect of the aerial fighting forces.
Prince of Players
Prince of Players is a biographical film about the 19th century American actor Edwin Booth.
Screen Director's Playhouse: Lincoln's Doctor's Dog
A doctor gives President Lincoln a puppy to raise his spirits.
Not as a Stranger
A successful intern is bent on becoming a first-class doctor. He courts and married the warm-hearted Kristina, not out of love, but because she is highly knowledgeable in the skills of the operating r...
Two sets of parents frantically race to stop their eloping children's wedding.
Jim Thorpe – All-American
The triumph and tragedy of Native Anerican Jim Thorpe, who, after winning both the pentathlon and decathlon in the same Olympics, is stripped of his medals on a technicality.
The Raging Tide
A fishing boat has a hood over it to hide from the cops.
Guilty of Treason
The story of Cardinal Josef Mindzhenty, a Roman Catholic cardinal from Hungary who spoke out against both the Nazi occupation of his country during World War II and the Communist regime that replaced ...
A horse trainer who has fallen on hard times looks to his horse, Broadway Bill, to finally win the big race.
A gunfighter takes part in a scheme to bilk a wealthy cattle family out of half a million dollars by pretending to be their son, who was kidnapped as child.
The wife of a doctor falls prey to a hypnotist when he discovers that she is a shoplifter. One of his previous patients being treated by the real doctor is found murdered, with her still at the scene,...
It's the Hatfields vs. the McCoys in this 1949 film, with Farley Granger and Joan Evans as the hillbilly Romeo and Juliet whose forbidden romance rekindles a long-standing feud between their respectiv...
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The decision to prioritize bombing German factories producing new jet fighters over the high casualties the mission will cost is a difficult one for high-ranking officers to make.
Four Faces West
Cowboy Ross McEwen arrives in town. He asks the banker for a loan of $2000. When the banker asks about securing a loan that large, McEwen shows him his six-gun collateral. The banker hands over the mo...
The Babe Ruth Story
The baseball player (William Bendix) goes from wayward youth to Boston Red Sox pitcher to New York Yankees home-run hero.
A doctor helps a farm girl communicate.
The Farmer's Daughter
After leaving her family's farm to study nursing in the city, a young woman finds herself on an unexpected path towards politics.
Timeworn Joe Collins and his fellow inmates live under the heavy thumb of the sadistic, power-tripping guard Captain Munsey. Only Collins' dreams of escape keep him going, but how can he possibly bust...
The Woman on the Beach
A Coast Guardsman suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress becomes involved with a beautiful and enigmatic seductress married to a blind painter.
An unemployed drifter, Eric Stanton, wanders into a small California town and hangs out at the diner. Eric falls in love with a well-to-do woman named June Mills, while he also falls in love with a lo...
WWI flyer Eddie Rickenbaker remembers his life which brought him from a car salesman, race driver and pilot in WWI, to an important person in the early years of civil airline service, after his plane ...
A conman poses as a war relief fundraiser, but when he falls for a charity worker, his conscience begins to trouble him.
The Song of Bernadette
In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all assume it to be...
Reap the Wild Wind
The Florida Keys in 1840, where the implacable hurricanes of the Caribbean scream, where the salvagers of Key West, like the intrepid and beautiful Loxi Claiborne and her crew, reap, aboard frail scho...
Tarzan's New York Adventure
A boy is kidnapped by a circus owner to perform in his show. He wants the pilot to fly him, Boy and his animal trainer out of the jungle. The two Tarzan and Jane are going to New York.
A truck convoy traveling the Burma Road is menaced by a group of smugglers.
Riders of Death Valley
The Saturday matinee crowd got two cowboy stars for the price of one in this lavishly budgeted western serial starring former singing cowboy Dick Foran and Buck Jones. The latter contributed deadpan h...
South to Karanga
Passengers bound to an African copper mine at Karanga to quell a native uprising encounter murder and intrigue on the way.
Girl from God's Country
Jim Holden, a young doctor practicing in Alaska, eagerly awaits the arrival of his new nurse, Anne Webster. All of his previous left within a few weeks by the rigors of the Alaskan winter....
Queen of the Yukon
The owner of an Alaskan gambling boat and her business partner help thwart a crooked businessman who attempts to steal claims from local miners.
Romance of the Redwoods
June Martin is a dishwasher in a California logging camp boarding house. Steve Blake fights Jed Malone for her and loses, thus casting suspicion on himself when Malone dies under cloudy circumstances....
Mutiny in the Big House
A young man forges a check in order to help his mother, but he is caught and sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Stand Up and Fight
A southern aristocrat clashes with a driver transporting stolen slaves to freedom.
Thou Shalt Not Kill
Thou Shalt Not Kill (1939)
Our Leading Citizen
Lem Schofield, a lawyer in a one-time small-town turned industrialized big city, runs his firm on examples set by Abraham Lincoln and is a friend to the poor. Clay Clinton, his late partner's son join...
Of Mice and Men
An intellectually disabled giant and his guardian are working at a cowboy's ranch.
Street of Missing Men
An ex-con vows vengeance on the newspaper responsible for putting him behind bars, but has a change of heart when another racketeer threatens to bring the paper down..
Valley of the Giants
A lumberman takes on a sleezy corporate giant wanting to move in and do whatever it takes to drive everyone else out of business.
A passenger ship unexpectedly runs into a typhoon.
Gangs of New York
An undercover cop infiltrates a powerful New York based crime syndicate.
High, Wide and Handsome
The setting is a small town in 1870s Pennsylvania. Sally Waterson and her father have stopped in town with their traveling medicine show, but when their wagon catches fire, they find themselves strand...
Night Club Scandal
When Dr. Ernest Tindal's wife is murdered, evidence mounts to convict her lover, Frank Marian. But Frank knows he didn't do it.....
A wagon train is robbed by a gang of bandits who kill everyone but a pair of young brothers. Years later, the brothers join force to bring the bandits' leader to justice.
Daughter of Shanghai
A Chinese-American woman tries to expose an illegal alien smuggling ring.
The Indians and a gunrunner are going against Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and Buffalo Bill.
Pride of the Marines
A Marine sacrifices his adopted son and his girlfriend so that they might find a new and more prosperous life.
Rose of the Rancho
It is California in 1852 that only recently being surrendered by Mexico to the United States and admitted into the union. Most of the land-owners of California were the descendants of the Dons who had...
Two members of a crew of "sandhogs", men who work on an underwater tunnel project, battle each other over the same woman and a rival team of sandhogs to see who will finish their half of the tunnel fi...
East of Java
Survivors of a shipwreck find refuge on a tropical island--but so do the ship's cargo of lions and tigers.
The Farmer Takes a Wife
A farmer tries to convince a girl to leave her life on a canal boat to live with him on his farm.
A Wicked Woman
A woman and her children escape severe poverty and abuse. She successfully betters her family's condition while living with the secret that she killed her abusive husband in order to protect her child...
Little Miss Marker
Big Steve Halloway, gambler and proprietor of New York's Horseshoe Cabaret, where his girl, Bangles Carson sings, is in desperate need of money. He arranges for his fellow bookies, especially Sorrowfu...
No Other Woman
A steelworker and his aspiring wife make millions when they become partners in a dyeworks. Unfortunately, success does not bring happiness.
Adapted from Lady Eleanor Smith’s novel, this 1934 feature tells the story of Joe Prince, an orphan child of circus people who, after many struggles, achieves his life-long ambition of owning a circus...
Song of the Eagle
This drama centers on the fight for certain post-Prohibitionist groups to gain total control over the liquor industry. Much of the tale is focused upon a family endeavoring to keep their little brewer...
This Day and Age
DeMille returns to the high school milieu of The Godless Girl when that institution was still so fresh on the mass culture landscape that any examination of it felt ultra-contemporary and important. T...
Gong beaters turn on a ruthless jungle trader and the well-dressed blonde who travels with him.
Tallulah Bankhead's first Hollywood movie was this romantic-drama, in which she plays Susan, the unhappy wife of oil rigger Walt (Charles Bickford), who labors in a Central American oil field. The bor...
A New York policeman helps a hungry and penniless young woman start life anew by arranging to get her a job in "The Follies".
An engineer makes a thieving entertainer work off her debts as a housekeeper at his jungle mining camp.
Scandal for Sale
A man is promised $25,000 if he can bring the circulation of a newspaper up to one million.
The Pagan Lady
Dot starts out as a bartender in Havana when in walks Dingo Mike (Charles Bickford) and orders up a drink that sounds like something you'd consume on a dare. He drinks the concoction down in one swall...
The Squaw Man
Jim Wyngate, an English aristocrat, comes to the American West under a cloud of suspicion for embezzlement actually committed by his cousin Lord Henry. In Wyoming, Wyngate runs afoul of cattle rustler...
East of Borneo
Woman treks through jungle to find her missing husband.
Men in Her Life
A wealthy ex-bootlegger comes to the rescue of a formerly rich society girl after her gold-digging fiancé leaves her stranded when he finds out she's broke. The bootlegger proposes a deal: he will set...
Sgt. Conniston and his alcoholic guide O'Toole are on the trail of an escaped murderer named Keith. When they catch up with him in the farthest reaches of Northern Canada, Keith turns out to be a dead...
The Sea Bat
The sister of a sponge diver killed by a stingray loves an escaped convict posing as a priest.
A bored society woman invites scandal and heartache when she falls in love with her low-born chauffeur.
Chris Christofferson sent his daughter Anna to live with relatives in Minnesota when she was five years old, and he eagerly awaits the arrival of his grown daughter. He hasn't seen her in a while, but...
South Sea Rose
A French girl raised in the south seas is brought to prim and proper New England by her New England born and bred sea captain husband. She wears short skirts and shocks the puritanical New Englanders ...
Three bank robbers on the run happen across a woman about to give birth in an abandoned covered wagon. Before she dies, she names the three bandits as her newborn son's godfathers.
Wealthy Cynthia is in love with not-so-wealthy Roger, who is married to Marcia. The threesome is terribly modern about the situation, and Marcia will gladly divorce Roger if Cynthia agrees to a financ...
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