Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Walter R. Allman (1882-1924)
Walter R. Allman, creator of “The Doings of the Duffs” comic strip was born in Toledo Ohio and began his career on a Toledo newspaper while in his twenties. His first strip was in 1912, six-panels titled “They All Fall For It.” This was followed by a single-panel, “The Great American (Canadian in Canada) Home.” The Duffs was about as popular with the public as Mutt and Jeff. He died in Cleveland, Ohio on July 8, 1924 aged 42, survived by his widow.
The strip was extremely popular in the US and Canada and was the subject of a 2 reel movie debuting in in June 1917 which was filmed in Decatur, Illinois by the local Rembrandt Studios. The cast included Charles French as Tom Duff , Denise Newcomb Johnson as Helen Duff, and Aubrey Miller as Olivia.