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Porter Hall is a Actor American born on 18 september 1888 at Cincinnati (USA)

Porter Hall

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Birth name Clifford Porter Hall
Nationality USA
Birth 18 september 1888 at Cincinnati (USA)
Death 6 october 1953 (at 65 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

Porter Hall (September 19, 1888 – October 6, 1953) was an American character actor known for appearing in a number of films in the 1930s and 1940s. Possessing a weak chin and shifty eyes, Hall played movie villains or comedic incompetent characters.

Best films

Blood on the Sun (1945)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

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Filmography of Porter Hall (75 films)

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Return to Treasure Island, 1h15
Directed by Ewald André Dupont
Origin USA
Genres Adventure
Actors Tab Hunter, Dawn Addams, Porter Hall, James Seay, Harry Lauter, Lane Chandler
Roles Maximillian 'Maxie' Harris
Rating44% 2.246392.246392.246392.246392.24639
Pony Express, 1h41
Directed by Jerry Hopper
Origin USA
Genres Action, Western
Actors Charlton Heston, Rhonda Fleming, Jan Sterling, Forrest Tucker, Michael D. Moore, Porter Hall
Roles Jim Bridger
Rating57% 2.8999852.8999852.8999852.8999852.899985
In 1860 Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickok join forces to establish a mail route from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California. On the way they battle the weather, hostile Indians and California secessionists intent on shutting the operation down to encourage California to secede from the Union.
Vice Squad
Vice Squad (1953)
, 1h27
Directed by Arnold Laven
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Noir, Crime
Actors Edward G. Robinson, Christine White, Paulette Goddard, Porter Hall, K. T. Stevens, Lee Van Cleef
Roles Jack Hartrampf
Rating65% 3.292113.292113.292113.292113.29211
A married undertaker having an affair, Jack Hartrampf, is a reluctant eyewitness to the shooting of a Los Angeles cop. He does not wish to testify, but captain of detectives "Barney" Barnaby is just as determined.
Carbine Williams, 1h32
Directed by Richard Thorpe
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Prison films, Gangster films
Actors James Stewart, John Smith, Jean Hagen, Wendell Corey, Carl Benton Reid, Paul Stewart
Roles Sam Markley
Rating68% 3.445393.445393.445393.445393.44539
The film follows the life of David Marshall Williams (James Stewart), who was a member of the Winchester team that invented the semi-automatic M1 Carbine used in World War II. Williams was found distilling illegal moonshine, and was held responsible for the death of a federal officer during a raid on his still. He was sentenced to thirty years hard labor. He cycled through the prison system, until a firm, but compassionate warden, H.T. Peoples (Wendell Corey), allowed him to work in a prison tool shop. There, he invented the gas system for his famous rifle. Williams was released from prison in 1929 and worked with Winchester Firearms on development of the M1 Carbine.
The Half-Breed, 1h21
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors Robert Young, Janis Carter, Jack Buetel, Barton MacLane, Reed Hadley, Porter Hall
Roles Kraemer
Rating52% 2.617282.617282.617282.617282.61728
This script must be run from the command line
Holiday for Sinners, 1h12
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Gig Young, Keenan Wynn, Janice Rule, William Campbell, Richard Anderson, Sandro Giglio
Roles Louie
Rating59% 2.954522.954522.954522.954522.95452
Three men, reared together in New Orleans, but whose paths have drifted apart, each face a crisis during the last weekend of Mardi Gras: Dr. Jason Kent must decide between accepting a chance to become famous as a research scientist, which will mean leaving New Orleans and giving up the girl he loves, Susan Corvier, or staying in his father's practice among the poor; Father Victor Carducci is refused permission to open an independent clinic and is thinking of leaving the Church; Punch-drunk prizefighter Joe Piavi is mainly operating in a survival mode and is trying to collect $1500 owed to him by his former manager Mike Hennighan. When he finds out about the debt, brash reporter Danny Farber, not above a double-cross when it means gain for him, needles Hennighan about Joe, and then tells Joe that Henninghan is threatening to send him to an asylum.
Ace in the Hole, 1h51
Directed by Billy Wilder
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Noir
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists
Actors Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall, Gene Evans, Richard Benedict
Roles Jacob Q. Boot
Rating80% 4.0476254.0476254.0476254.0476254.047625
Chuck Tatum is a fiercely ambitious, self-centered, wisecracking, down-on-his-luck reporter who has worked his way down the ladder. He has come west to New Mexico from New York City, along the way being fired from eleven newspapers for libel, adultery, and heavy drinking, among other charges. Now that his car has broken down and Tatum is broke, he talks his way into a reporting job for the Albuquerque Sun-Bulletin, a paper of little consequence.
Intruder in the Dust, 1h27
Directed by Clarence Brown
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors David Brian, Claude Jarman Jr., Juano Hernández, Porter Hall, Elizabeth Patterson, Charles Kemper
Roles Nub Gowrie
Rating75% 3.793893.793893.793893.793893.79389
The film closely follows the plot line of the Faulkner novel. It tells the story of Lucas Beauchamp, a respectable and rich black man, who is unjustly accused of the murder of a white man.
The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend, 1h17
Directed by Preston Sturges
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Action, Romance, Western
Themes Children's films
Actors Betty Grable, Cesar Romero, Rudy Vallée, Olga San Juan, Porter Hall, Hugh Herbert
Roles Judge O'Toole
Rating59% 2.9992352.9992352.9992352.9992352.999235
Hot-headed Winifred "Freddie" Jones (Betty Grable) is a saloon singer in the Old West who catches her boyfriend, gambler Blackie Jobero (Cesar Romero), flirting with another woman and takes a shot at him with the six-shooter she always carries. Unfortunately, she hits a Judge (Porter Hall) instead, so she and her friend Conchita (Olga San Juan) take it on the lam. When they get to a tiny hole-in-the-wall town, Freddie and Conchita are mistaken for the new schoolmarm and her Indian maid. They meet the local muckety-mucks, including wealthy Charles Hingelman (Rudy Vallee), owner of a valuable gold mine, who starts to romance Freddie. When Blackie shows up while tracking Freddie down, complications ensue.
Chicken Every Sunday, 1h34
Directed by George Seaton
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films based on plays, Children's films
Actors Dan Dailey, Celeste Holm, Alan Young, Colleen Townsend, Natalie Wood, William Frawley
Roles Sam Howell
Rating63% 3.19273.19273.19273.19273.1927
In Tucson, Arizona in 1910, Emily Hefferen visits attorney Robert Hart to file for divorce from her husband Jim, citing his lack of support as grounds. When Hart expresses surprise, given the local hotel, laundry, and dairy bear the Heffernen name, suggesting the family is wealthy, Emily describes her family life for the past twenty years.
That Wonderful Urge, 1h22
Directed by Robert B. Sinclair
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists, Children's films
Actors Gene Tierney, Tyrone Power, Reginald Gardiner, Arleen Whelan, Lucile Watson, Gene Lockhart
Roles Attorney Ketchell
Rating64% 3.246543.246543.246543.246543.24654
A tabloid reporter (Power) uses a scheme to meet Sara Farley (Tierney), a grocery-store heiress he's been writing unflattering things about. He gets her to start talking about herself and finds her down to earth. Tierney assumes he's going to write more lies, so she announces to the press that the two of them are married. In trying to get the truth out, he loses his job; what follows is classic farce and the stakes escalate. Finally, he sues her for libel and the courts takes it from there!
You Gotta Stay Happy, 1h40
Directed by H. C. Potter, John Sherwood
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Joan Fontaine, James Stewart, Eddie Albert, Roland Young, Percy Kilbride, Willard Parker
Roles Mr. Caslon
Rating66% 3.343973.343973.343973.343973.34397
Marvin Payne (Stewart) is a World War II army air force veteran trying to make it on a shoe-string with a startup air-freight business. On an overnight stay in New York he has the misfortune of being roomed next to the reluctant bride Dee Dee Dillwood (Fontaine) and her rather formal husband Henry Benson. A ruckus causes Payne to become enmeshed in the world of Miss Dillwood. Hiding from her husband, Payne assumes the rather vague Miss Dillwood is a penniless country girl come to the city, who has descended to sleeping with married men to get by. He grudgingly agrees to give her a lift out of town and encourages her to go back to her parents. All the while Payne does not realize that Miss Dillwood is independently wealthy, and the married man she was to sleep with was the man she had just exchanged vows with that afternoon. Meanwhile, Payne's fellow veteran and co-pilot, Bullets Baker (Albert) encourages Payne to relax and enjoy life. His encouragements to join him and a couple of young ladies for a few laughs fall on deaf ears. It is with great surprise than that Baker finds a girl in the straight-laced Payne's room the following morning. A rough and tumble flight across country result in a number of surprises, not the least of which is that Marvin discovers he cares for the tag-along Miss Dillwood.
Miracle on 34th Street, 1h36
Directed by George Seaton
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Fantasy
Themes Christmas films, Children's films, Santa Claus in film
Actors Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood, Edmund Gwenn, Porter Hall, Gene Lockhart
Roles Granville Sawyer
Rating78% 3.9466353.9466353.9466353.9466353.946635
Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) is indignant to find that the person (Percy Helton) assigned to play Santa in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is intoxicated. When he complains to event director Doris Walker (Maureen O'Hara), she persuades Kris to take his place. He does such a fine job that he is hired as the Santa for Macy's flagship New York City store in Macy's Herald Square.
Unconquered, 2h26
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille, Arthur Rosson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Historical, Romance, Western
Actors Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard, Howard Da Silva, Boris Karloff, Henry Wilcoxon, Cecil Kellaway
Roles Leach
Rating67% 3.3930753.3930753.3930753.3930753.393075
Based on Neil Swanson's Unconquered, a Novel of the Pontiac Conspiracy, the film focuses on "Abby" Hale (Paulette Goddard), who is condemned to death by a British court, then offered clemency if she will become an indentured servant in America. There is a bidding competition between Captain Christopher Holden (Gary Cooper) and Martin Garth (Howard Da Silva), which Holden wins. He then sets her free. Unfortunately, Garth is a sore loser; he kidnaps Abby and takes her to the western frontier, where he is involved in illegal arms sales to the Native Americans. Soon, Holden becomes involved in the conflict with the warring tribes and is reunited with Abby; he also has further confrontations with Garth and his henchman (Mike Mazurki).
Singapore (1947)
, 1h19
Directed by John Brahm
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action, Adventure, Crime, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities
Actors Fred MacMurray, Ava Gardner, Roland Culver, Richard Haydn, Spring Byington, Thomas Gomez
Roles Mr. Bellows
Rating63% 3.191863.191863.191863.191863.19186
Pearl smuggler Matt Gordon (MacMurray) finds romance with Linda Grahame (Gardner) just before the start of World War II. He proposes to her, and she accepts. However, when the Japanese attack Singapore, the church where she is waiting to marry him is bombed; Gordon searches frantically in the wreckage, but cannot find her. He is forced to sail away on his schooner.