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Morris Ankrum

Morris Ankrum

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1896-08-28

135 Movies

Biography

Morris Ankrum (born Morris Nussbaum, August 28, 1896 – September 2, 1964) was an American radio, television, and film character actor.

Early Life

Born in Danville in Vermilion County in eastern Illinois, Ankrum originally began a career in academics. After graduating from The University of Southern California with a law degree, he went on to an associate professorship in economics at the University of California, Berkeley. While at Berkeley he became involved in the drama department and eventually began teaching drama and directing at the Pasadena Playhouse.From 1923-39 he acted in several Broadway stage productions, including Gods of the Lightning, The Big Blow, and Within the Gates.

Movies & TV Series

1958.

9 Movies
The Saga of Hemp Brown

The Saga of Hemp Brown

1958
Ex-army sergeant Jed Givens and his gang rob an army payroll shipment led by Lt. Hemp Brown. Givens kills a civilian woman and all the soldiers, leaving Brown alive to face a military tribunal in whic...
How to Make a Monster

How to Make a Monster

1958
When master monster make-up man Pete Dumond is fired by the new bosses of American International studios, he uses his creations to exact revenge.
Half Human: The Story of the Abominable Snowman

Half Human: The Story of the Abominable Snowman

1958
An American scientist tells two colleagues about the finding of an abominable snowman living in the Japanese alps, where it is worshipped by a remote tribe as a god, and how it was discovered by moder...
The Power of the Resurrection

The Power of the Resurrection

1958
A young man, Facing torture and possibly death for his Christian beliefs, confesses his fears to Peter, who awaits a similar fate. Peter tells him of fear he felt in following Jesus' arrest in the Gar...
Giant from the Unknown

Giant from the Unknown

1958
A series of grisly murders plague a small mountain community and the sheriff suspects a local scientist whom he dislikes. Together with a former professor and the professor's pretty daughter, the sci...
Badman's Country

Badman's Country

1958
Pat Garrett arrives in Abilene where he catches five of Butch Cassidy's gang. He calls in Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson and they learn there is a half million dollar shipment of money arriving by train...
Curse of the Faceless Man

Curse of the Faceless Man

1958
A stone-encrusted body is unearthed at Pompeii, and people left alone with it keep dying of crushed skulls...
From the Earth to the Moon

From the Earth to the Moon

1958
Set just after the American civil war, businessman and inventor Victor Barbicane invents a new source of power called Power X. He plans to use it to power rockets, and to show its potential he plans t...
Frontier Gun

Frontier Gun

1958
Small-town sheriff discovers that gun-fighting is the only way to clean up the town.

1954.

11 Movies
The Outlaw Stallion

The Outlaw Stallion

1954
A young boy and a veterinarian in a red convertible help thwart a gang of horse thieves. Director Fred F. Sears' 1954 outdoor drama stars Billy Gray, Phil Carey, Roy Roberts, Dorothy Patrick, Gordon ...
The Steel Cage

The Steel Cage

1954
Drama set in San Quentin prison.
Drums Across the River

Drums Across the River

1954
When whites hunger after the gold on Ute Indian land, a bigoted young man finds himself forced into a peacekeeping role.
Silver Lode

Silver Lode

1954
Dan Ballard, a respected citizen in the western town of Silver Lode, has his wedding interrupted by four men led by Ned McCarty, an old acquaintance who, as a US Marshal, arrests Ballard for the murde...
Vera Cruz

Vera Cruz

1954
After the American Civil War, mercenaries travel to Mexico to fight in their revolution for money. The former soldier and gentleman Benjamin Trane meets the gunman and killer Joe Erin and his men, and...
Two Guns and a Badge

Two Guns and a Badge

1954
In the last of his four western programmers for Allied Artists, Wayne Morris plays frontiersman Jim Bisby. Mistaken for a notorious gunslinger, Jim is appointed deputy sheriff of a wide-open cattle to...
Southwest Passage

Southwest Passage

1954
Director Ray Nazarro's 1954 western, originally filmed in 3-D, stars John Ireland and Joanne Dru as fugitive bank robbers who hide out by joining a government expedition bound for California.
Three Young Texans

Three Young Texans

1954
A Texan robs a train in an effort to prevent his father from committing the crime. A young girl attempts to help him after learning about the theft. A cowboy friend demands a share of the money.
Cattle Queen of Montana

Cattle Queen of Montana

8
1954
Sierra Nevada Jones must fight a villainous rancher to regain the land that is rightfully hers.
Taza, Son of Cochise

Taza, Son of Cochise

1954
Three years after the end of the Apache wars, peacemaking chief Cochise dies. His elder son Taza shares his ideas, but brother Naiche yearns for war...and for Taza's betrothed, Oona. Naiche loses no t...
Apache

Apache

4
1954
Following the surrender of Geronimo, Massai, the last Apache warrior is captured and scheduled for transportation to a Florida reservation. On the way he manages to escape and heads for his homeland t...

1953.

10 Movies
Devil's Canyon

Devil's Canyon

1953
An outlaw woman helps one Arizona convict stop another with a Gatling gun.
Flight Nurse

Flight Nurse

1953
In this war drama, set during the Korean War, an Air Force nurse gets involved in a love triangle on the front lines.
Arena

Arena

1953
Left by his wife, a vain rodeo star picks up a floozy and rides a bad Brahman bull.
Mexican Manhunt

Mexican Manhunt

1953
Los Angeles, 1953. The author David L. "Dave" Brady wants to bring a missed ex-newspaperman back to Los Angeles. Therefore Dave has to travel to Mexico City. Dave gets involved with a murder case that...
Fort Vengeance

Fort Vengeance

1953
Two brothers flee America and join the Canadian North West Mounted Police. One brother is good, the other bad, both men on a collision course just as trouble starts to brew with the Indians.
I Beheld His Glory

I Beheld His Glory

1953
George Macready plays the centurion who presided over Christ's crucifixion.
The Man Behind The Gun

The Man Behind The Gun

1953
This 1952 western stars Randolph Scott as an army investigator who poses as a schoolteacher while working undercover to expose a group of secessionists. Also starring Patrice Wymore, Roy Roberts, Alan...
Sky Commando

Sky Commando

1953
Colonel Ed Wyatt is regarded by pilots under his command as being a ruthless disciplinarian. His co-pilot, Lt. Hobson Lee, and Jo McWethy, a war correspondent assigned to the squadron become more frie...
The Moonlighter

The Moonlighter

1953
A savage story of hate turned love and frenzy turned loose!
Invaders from Mars

Invaders from Mars

7
1953
In the early hours of the night, young David Maclean sees a flying saucer land and disappear into the sand dunes just beyond his house. Slowly, all of the adults, including his once loving parents, be...

1942.

9 Movies
Tennessee Johnson

Tennessee Johnson

1942
The tumultuous presidency of 17th-president Andrew Johnson is chronicled in this biopic. The story begins with Johnson's boyhood and covers his early life. During the Civil War, Johnson stays a staunc...
Reunion in France

Reunion in France

1942
Frenchwoman Michele de la Becque, an opponent of the Nazis in German-occupied Paris, hides a downed American flyer, Pat Talbot, and attempts to get him safely out of the country.
Ten Gentlemen from West Point

Ten Gentlemen from West Point

1942
This historical drama tells the story of the first class to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. In the early 19th Century, Congress appropriated the money to build the school, but o...
Roxie Hart

Roxie Hart

1942
A café in Chicago, 1942. On a rainy night, veteran reporter Homer Howard tells an increasing audience the story of Roxie Hart and the crime she was judged for in 1927.
Tales of Manhattan

Tales of Manhattan

1942
Ten screenwriters collaborated on this series of tales concerning the effect a tailcoat cursed by its tailor has on those who wear it. The video release features a W.C. Fields segment not included in ...
Time to Kill

Time to Kill

1942
Lloyd Nolan is back as detective Michael Shayne who's in search of a stolen coin.
The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe

The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe

1942
Biography of Edgar Allan Poe and the women in his life.
The Omaha Trail

The Omaha Trail

1942
The coming of the railroad to the West triggers an Indian war.
Ride 'Em Cowboy

Ride 'Em Cowboy

1942
Two peanut vendors at a rodeo show get in trouble with their boss and hide out on a railroad train heading west. They get jobs as cowboys on a dude ranch, despite the fact that neither of them knows a...

1941.

9 Movies
I Wake Up Screaming

I Wake Up Screaming

1941
A young promoter is accused of the murder of Vicky Lynn, a young actress he "discovered" as a waitress while out with ex-actor Robin Ray and gossip columnist Larry Evans.
The Roundup

The Roundup

1941
Originally written as a stage vehicle for corpulent character actor Macklyn Arbuckle, Ernest Day's The Roundup was first filmed in 1920 with Fatty Arbuckle (no relation) in the lead. By the time the f...
Pirates on Horseback

Pirates on Horseback

1941
Hoppy, Lucky and California search for a mine owned by Trudy Pendleton after it was taken from her by thw swindling gambler Ace Gibson. They find the mine and Hoppy fights Gibson over it.
Doomed Caravan

Doomed Caravan

1941
Stephen Westcott and Ed Martin scheme to put Jane Travers' wagon line out of business. They want to use it take over all the wagon- train traffic going west. Hoppy, California and Lucky must make sure...
The Bandit Trail

The Bandit Trail

1941
A cowboy turns bad for revenge, but can't stomach his new evil ways.
Wide Open Town

Wide Open Town

1941
Belle Langtry runs a town being taken over by cattle rustlers. She is also a front for the outlaws, who are led by Steve Fraser. Hoppy gets elected sheriff and cleans up the town with help from the Ba...
Border Vigilantes

Border Vigilantes

1941
A town bedeviled with outlaws sends for Hoppy, Lucky and California after their own vigilante committee fails to solve the towns problems. Hoppy discovers that the bad guys are led by the town boss, a...
In Old Colorado

In Old Colorado

1941
Joe Weller has instigated a conflict over water rights between two ranchers. The idea is to have the ranchers do each other in then move in and take over. Hoppy and the good guys won't let this happen...
This Woman Is Mine

This Woman Is Mine

6
1941
Three seafaring fur traders fall in love with a female stowaway they discover aboard their ship. Many adventures follow.
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