Morland Graham

Morland Graham (8 August 1891 – 8 April 1949) was a British film actor.[1]

Morland Graham
Actor Morland Graham.jpg
David Hugh Graham

(1891-08-08)8 August 1891
Partick, Scotland
Died8 April 1949(1949-04-08) (aged 57)
Chiswick, London, England
OccupationFilm actor
Years active19341949
Elsie Cole
(m. 1926)

Graham had a career on the stage spanning over 35 years. He was known as a character actor, but also wrote a one act comedy, C'est la Guerre, which was first performed in October 1926[2] and subsequently at the following year's Scottish Community Drama Festival.

Graham became best known for his film roles in Jamaica Inn (1939), Old Bill and Son (1941) and Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948), in which he starred after deputising for actor Will Fyffe.[3] He appeared as the Biffer in Whisky Galore! which was released after his death.

Graham married Elsie Cole (née Press) in 1926. He died on 8 April 1949 after taking an overdose of aspirin while suffering from ill health and, according to his wife, "nervous depression".[3] He had recently turned down an offer of stage work from Alistair Sim because he "did not feel up to it".[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1934 What Happened to Harkness? Billy (film debut)
The Private Life of Don Juan Hector, Don Juan's Cook
The Scarlet Pimpernel Treadle (the tailor)
1935 Man of the Moment Mr. Rumcorn
Moscow Nights Brioukow's Servant
Get Off My Foot Major Rawlingcourt
1936 Whom the Gods Love Minor Role Uncredited
Twelve Good Men Victor Day
Where's Sally? Polkinhome
Fair Exchange Dr. Franz Schmidt
1937 I, Claudius Halotus, master of Livia's household
1939 Q Planes Captain of the Viking Uncredited
Jamaica Inn Sea Lawyer Sydney
Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday Griggle Uncredited
1940 Full Speed Ahead Gordon Tweedie
Night Train to Munich Teleferic Attendant
1941 Freedom Radio Father Landbach
Old Bill and Son Old Bill
The Ghost Train Dr. Sterling
This England Doctor
Tower of Terror Harbour Master Kleber
Ships with Wings C.P.O.Marsden
1942 The Big Blockade Civil Service
The Young Mr. Pitt Minor Role Uncredited
1943 The Shipbuilders Danny Shields
1944 Medal for the General Bates
Henry V Sir Thomas Erpingham
1946 Gaiety George Morris
1947 The Upturned Glass Clay
The Brothers Angus McFarish
1948 Esther Waters Ketley
Bonnie Prince Charlie Donald MacDonald
1949 Whisky Galore! The Biffer (final film role)


  1. ^ "Morland Graham". BFI. Archived from the original on 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2010-09-09.
  2. ^ "Scottish National Player Open Season". Dundee Evening Telegraph. 27 December 1926. Retrieved 27 December 2014 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ a b c "Actor Took Aspirin Overdose". Dundee Evening Telegraph. 11 April 1949. Retrieved 27 December 2014 – via British Newspaper Archive.

External linksEdit