Samuel S. Hinds

Samuel Southey Hinds (April 4, 1875 – October 13, 1948) was an American actor and former lawyer. He was often cast as kindly authority figures and appeared in over 200 films until his death.

Samuel S. Hinds
Samuel S Hinds in Grand Central Murder trailer.jpg
from the trailer for
Grand Central Murder (1942)
Samuel Southey Hinds

(1875-04-04)April 4, 1875
DiedOctober 13, 1948(1948-10-13) (aged 73)
Resting placeInglewood Park Cemetery
Years active1926–48
Spouse(s)Dorothy Cruickshank
(m. 1914; div. 19??)
Samuel Hinds in Stage Door (1937)

Early yearsEdit

Hinds was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Joseph E. Hinds and Mary A. Beetham Hinds.[1] He was the great-grandson of poet Robert Southey.[citation needed] His father was the president of the United States Playing Card Company,[2]

He was a graduate of Phillips Andover Academy, Harvard Law School, and New York University Law School[1] and worked for over 32 years as a lawyer before becoming a professional actor. After he lost most of his money in the financial crisis of 1929, Hinds retired as a lawyer[3] and joined the Pasadena Community Playhouse.[2] He started acting in Broadway shows at age 54.


Hinds is perhaps best remembered for playing Peter Bailey, the father of James Stewart and founder of the Bailey Building and Loan, in It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and for his part as Paul Sycamore in You Can't Take It With You (1938), both films directed by Frank Capra. Hinds was also known for his roles in the Abbott & Costello films such as Buck Privates (1941), Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942) and Pardon My Sarong (1942). He also portrayed Lew Ayres' father in the Dr. Kildare film series during the early 1940s. Hinds mostly played supporting roles, often kind and dignified authority figures; often lawyers, doctors, mayors, judges or the father of the main figure.

Hinds' first film was If I Had a Million (1932);[2] his second film was The Road Is Open Again (1933) where he portrayed President Woodrow Wilson. His earlier career was reflected in the role of Judge Thatcher, tortured by the mad Dr. Richard Vollin (Bela Lugosi) in The Raven (1935).

Hinds acted in a total of about 220 films. His last film was The Bribe, released in 1949, after his death.


Hinds died of pneumonia in Pasadena, California, on October 13, 1948 at age 73.[4] He was married to Dorothy Cruickshack. They had two children.

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b Rodman, Willoughby (1909). History of the Bench and Bar of Southern California. W. J. Porter. p. 174. Retrieved 16 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c Weaver, Tom; Brunas, Michael; Brunas, John (20 December 2011). Universal Horrors: The Studio's Classic Films, 1931-1946, 2d ed. McFarland. p. 146. ISBN 9780786491506. Retrieved 16 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Samuel S. Hinds | Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos | AllMovie". Retrieved 2015-12-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 179. ISBN 9780786409839. Retrieved 16 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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