Douglas Walton (actor)

Douglas Walton (October 17, 1909 – November 15, 1961) was a Canadian actor who worked in American films during the 1930s and 1940s. He appeared in 60 films between 1931 and 1950.

Douglas Walton
publicity picture, c.1940
John Douglas Duder

(1909-10-17)October 17, 1909
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DiedNovember 15, 1961(1961-11-15) (aged 52)
Years active1931-1950

Life and career

Born John Douglas Duder in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Walton began his acting career in the theatres of Chicago and New York City. Tall, blond and elegant, Walton played many aristocratic, intellectual or sophisticated English or European men in films such as The Count of Monte Cristo in 1934; The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), in which Walton memorably played the English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley in the film's prologue; the Clark Gable version of Mutiny on the Bounty (1935); and director John Ford's Mary of Scotland (1936) starring Katharine Hepburn, in which Walton gave his perhaps best performance as the effeminate and cowardly "Lord Darnley".[1][2] Walton was also directed by Ford in 1934's The Lost Patrol, Bad Lands in 1939, and The Long Voyage Home (1940), starring John Wayne.[1]

In 1939, Walton returned to New York to appear on Broadway in the comedy Billy Draws a Horse.[3]

In the 1940s, Walton's parts were secondary characters or even uncredited roles in B-movies, or sometimes in high profile films such as King Vidor's Northwest Passage (1940), starring Spencer Tracy, and The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945).[1] One sizable role was "Percival Priceless" in Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1947).[2] His final film was Three Came Home (1950).[4]

Walton retired in 1950 and died eleven years later, in 1961, from a heart attack, at age 52.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1931Body and SoulUncredited
1931Always GoodbyeParty GossipUncredited
1931Over the HillStephen
1931Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeBlond StudentUncredited
1932ScarfaceCesca's BoyfriendUncredited
1933CavalcadeSoldier Friend of JoeUncredited
1933The Secret of Madame BlancheLeonard Junior
1933Looking ForwardWillie Benton
1934Madame SpyKarl
1934The Lost PatrolPearson
1934Murder in TrinidadGregory Bronson
1934ShockGilroy Hayworth
1934The Count of Monte CristoAlbert
1934Charlie Chan in LondonHugh Gray
1935Captain HurricaneJimmy Howell
1935The Bride of FrankensteinPercy Bysshe Shelley
1935The Dark AngelRoulstonUncredited
1935Mutiny on the BountyStewart
1935Hitch Hike LadyAlfred Bosworth BlakeUncredited
1936The Garden Murder CaseFloyd Garden
1936I Conquer the Sea!Leonard Ashley
1936Mary of ScotlandLord Darnley
1936Thank You, Jeeves!Edward McDermott
1937Damaged GoodsGeorge Dupont
1937Flight from GloryGarth Hilton
1937Nation AflameTommy Franklin
1937Wallaby Jim of the IslandsNorman Brooks
1938Storm Over BengalTerry
1939Pacific LinerEngineering Officer BatesUncredited
1939The Story of Vernon and Irene CastleStudent Pilot
1939The Sun Never SetsCarpenter
1939Bad LandsBob Mulford
1940Northwest PassageLieutenant Avery
1940Too Many GirlsBeverly Waverly
1940The Long Voyage HomeSecond Mate
1940The LetterWell WisherUncredited
1941Singapore WomanRoy Bennett
1941One Night in LisbonFrankUncredited
1941Hurry, Charlie, HurryMichael Prescott
1942Jesse James, Jr.Archie McDonald
1942Desperate JourneyBritish Officer Playing DiceUncredited
1944Murder, My SweetLindsay Marriott
1945Bring On the GirlsEdgarUncredited
1945The Picture of Dorian GrayAllen Campbell
1946Our Hearts Were Growing UpTerence MarloweUncredited
1946Cloak and DaggerBritish PilotUncredited
1946Dick Tracy vs. CueballPercival Priceless
1947High ConquestHugo Bunning as a Young man
1947High TideClinton Vaughn
1947Green Dolphin StreetSir Charles MaloneyUncredited
1947Forever AmberFopUncredited
1948Hills of HomeMinisterUncredited
1948Command DecisionEnglishman on LoudspeakerVoice, Uncredited
1948Trouble PreferredSlippy Patterson, PickpocketUncredited
1949The Secret of St. IvesAllan St. Ives
1949Calamity Jane and Sam BassBookmakerUncredited
1950Three Came HomeAustralian POWUncredited, (final film role)




  • Curtis, James (1998). James Whale: A New World of Gods and Monsters. Boston, Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-19285-8.

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