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Ward Bond Collection

Good friends with John Wayne from their days playing football at USC, Ward Bond was a natural authority figure, and he was usually typed as a friendly cop or a menacing tough guy.

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(total playtime 6 hours, 38 min)
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    Ward BondThe late 1920's would have been an exciting time to be a single young man in Southern California. The Jazz age was still in full swing, and there were plenty of pretty girls about. Los Angeles had yet to experience the explosion of growth it would see during the War years, but it was a big enough town to attract all the amusements one would expect back East. However, there was enough of an "old West" feel to the landscape that a fellow could let his guard down and cut loose from time to time.

    Marion Mitchel Morrison had been born in Iowa, 1907, but his family settled in Glendale, California, in 1916 where his father made a decent living as a pharmacist. He was given the nickname Duke by a fireman whose station he passed on his way to school, had a job in a soda fountain, and played for the league-leading 1924 Glendale High School football squad. He tried to get into the US Naval Academy but was not selected. Instead, he entered USC to play football under coach Howard Jones.

    Morrison became good friends with lineman Wardell Bond, born in Nebraska, 1903, but grew up in Denver. The pair found plenty of fun, both on and off the field, maybe too much fun. During a trip to the beach in 1926, Morrison broke his collarbone while bodysurfing. Although they did their best to conceal the nature of the injury from Coach Howard, Morrison lost his football scholarship and had to drop out of school. Bond went on to be a starting lineman on the National Championship 1928 squad.

    No longer attending classes, Morrison turned to his old soda fountain boss who had worked as a blacksmith, shoeing horses for the movie studios. Morrison was picked up as a prop boy and managed to get on camera sometimes as an extra. He became good friends with director John Ford and appeared in bit roles in a series of football-based films, including Brown of Harvard (1926), The Draw-Back (1927), and The Drop Kick (1927). When Ford decided to do his own football picture, Salute (1929), based on the Army-Navy Game rivalry, he naturally hired his young friend Morison, but for more authenticity he hired the entire USC football team, reuniting Morrison with his buddy Bond. Ford promoted Ward Bond to a small speaking role while Morrison remained an extra but it was about the last time he would take a back seat to Bond.

    John Wayne & Ward BondDirector Raoul Walsh gave Morrison the screen name which would become immortal, John Wayne. Both Wayne and Ward Bond would cement their careers as part of John Ford's "stock company" and worked together on many occasions, they became very different Stars. John Wayne became an iconic leading man and was always very conscious of maintaining the image while gruff, rough and tumble Bond was satisfied to remain a supporting player.

    Personally, Ward Bond was a person who was either loved or hated, and he personally didn't seem to care what the other person's perspective was. He was, however, incredibly loyal to his friends. He appeared in 26 John Ford films and in 23 films with John Wayne, but that is just a small portion of his body of work. Although his career would be cut short by a heart attack at the age of 57, he appeared more than 250 films. He often appeared in ten to twenty films a year, he made more than 30 pictures in 1935 alone! More Ward Bond films appear on the American Film Institute's "100 Years… 100 Movies" list than any other, albeit all in supporting roles.

    Ward BondStanding an athletic 6'2", Bond was a natural authority figure, and he was usually typed as a friendly cop or a menacing tough guy. Despite the tough-guy persona he projected both on and off the screen, Bond battled epilepsy his whole life. The condition, along with his age, kept him from serving in WWII (John Wayne was also exempted for his age and a family deferment). Politically, Bond may have actually been to the right if the Duke. An avowed Anti-Communist, he was a member of the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals. He campaigned for Richard Nixon but passed away just three days before he was defeated by John Kennedy in the 1960 Presidential campaign.

    Although almost his entire film career had been as a supporting actor, NBC TV gave him a starring role in their popular Western series Wagon Train beginning in 1957. As wagon master Major Seth Adams, he helped to tell the story of countless ordinary people crossing the continent, and the show gained high ratings. There is an urban legend that singer Johnny Horton was to meet Bond in his Dallas hotel room on the day he died to discuss Horton joining the show. Ward Bond was in Dallas on November 5, 1960, to attend a football game when he had a massive heart attack in his hotel room and died around noon. At 1:30 that same morning, Horton had been driving from Austin to Shreveport, Louisiana, and was killed when struck by a drunk driver. Although the deaths occurred on the same day, they were unrelated.

    A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6811 Hollywood Blvd was dedicated on February 8, 1960, honoring contributions to Television by Ward Bond. At Bond's funeral, John Ford walked up to Andy Devine to inform him "Now YOU'RE the biggest a**hole I know."

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    13 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 6 hours, 38 min
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      13 shows - total playtime 6 hours 38 minutes
      1. Academy Award Theater 460710 Young Mr Lincoln.mp3
      2. Ft 471120 041 Son Of Mine.mp3
      3. Ft 480603 069 High Boarded Fence.mp3
      4. Ft 500517 170 Outcasts Of Poker Flat.mp3
      5. Ft 520430 268 Visitor.mp3
      6. Hallmark Playhouse 490127 034 Failure.mp3
      7. Hour Of St Francis 510520 Fifty Days.mp3
      8. Screen Directors Playhouse 490109 Stagecoach.mp3
      9. Screen Directors Playhouse 490805 028 Ft Apache Wayne Bond.mp3
      10. Screen Guild Theater 440214 183 Gentleman Jim.mp3
      11. Screen Guild Theater 460722 Glass Key.mp3
      12. Screen Guild Theater 500907 472 Twelve Oclock High.mp3
      13. Suspense 540629 Too Hot To Live.mp3
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    13 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
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      13 shows - total playtime 6 hours 38 minutes
      1. Academy Award Theater 460710 Young Mr Lincoln.mp3
      2. Ft 471120 041 Son Of Mine.mp3
      3. Ft 480603 069 High Boarded Fence.mp3
      4. Ft 500517 170 Outcasts Of Poker Flat.mp3
      5. Ft 520430 268 Visitor.mp3
      6. Hallmark Playhouse 490127 034 Failure.mp3
      7. Hour Of St Francis 510520 Fifty Days.mp3
      8. Screen Directors Playhouse 490109 Stagecoach.mp3
      9. Screen Directors Playhouse 490805 028 Ft Apache Wayne Bond.mp3
      10. Screen Guild Theater 440214 183 Gentleman Jim.mp3
      11. Screen Guild Theater 460722 Glass Key.mp3
      12. Screen Guild Theater 500907 472 Twelve Oclock High.mp3
      13. Suspense 540629 Too Hot To Live.mp3
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    13 recordings on 8 Audio CDs
    total playtime 6 hours, 38 min

    Ward Bond Disc A001

    1. Screen Guild Theater 440214 183 Gentleman Jim
    2. Academy Award Theater 460710 Young Mr Lincoln

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    Ward Bond Disc A002

    1. Screen Guild Theater 460722 Glass Key
    2. Ft 471120 041 Son Of Mine

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    Ward Bond Disc A003

    1. Ft 480603 069 High Boarded Fence
    2. Screen Directors Playhouse 490109 Stagecoach

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    Ward Bond Disc A004

    1. Hallmark Playhouse 490127 034 Failure
    2. Screen Directors Playhouse 490805 028 Ft Apache Wayne Bond

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    Ward Bond Disc A005

    1. Ft 500517 170 Outcasts Of Poker Flat

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    Ward Bond Disc A006

    1. Screen Guild Theater 500907 472 Twelve Oclock High

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    Ward Bond Disc A007

    1. Hour Of St Francis 510520 Fifty Days
    2. Ft 520430 268 Visitor

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    Ward Bond Disc A008

    1. Suspense 540629 Too Hot To Live

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