Walter Forde

Walter Forde (born Thomas Seymour Woolford, 21 April 1898 – 7 January 1984)[1] was a British actor, screenwriter and director.[2] Born in Lambeth, south London in 1898, he directed over fifty films between 1919 from the silent era through to 1949 in the sound era.[1][3] He died in Los Angeles, California in 1984.

Walter Forde
Thomas Seymour Woolford

(1898-04-21)21 April 1898
London, England
Died7 January 1984(1984-01-07) (aged 85)
Los Angeles, California, US
  • Actor
  • Writer
  • Film director

Forde was the son of the music hall comedian Tom Seymour. During the 1920s, he was a silent film comedian, acting in a series of shorts before shifting into directing feature films. Emerging as an established film director in the 1930s, he directed films for Gainsborough Pictures and Ealing Studios.



  • Walter Finds a Father, extant
  • Walter Wants Work, extant in the Huntley Archives
  • Walter's Day Out



  1. ^ a b "Walter Forde". IMDb.
  2. ^ "Walter Forde". BFI. Archived from the original on 2012-07-22.
  3. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Forde, Walter (1898-1984) Biography".


  • Hunter, I.Q. & Porter, Laraine. British Comedy Cinema. Routledge, 2012.

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