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Alan Hale



The son of a patent medicine manufacturer, American actor Alan Hale chose a theatrical career at a time when, according to his son Alan Hale Jr., boarding houses would post signs reading "No Dogs or Actors Allowed." Undaunted, Hale spent several years on stage after graduating from Philadelphia University, entering films as a slapstick comedian for Philly's Lubin Co. in 1911. Bolstering his acting income with odd jobs as a newspaperman and itinerant inventor (at one point he considered becoming an osteopath!), Hale finally enjoyed a measure of security as a much-in-demand character actor in the 1920s, usually as hard-hearted villains. One of his more benign roles was as Little John in Douglas Fairbanks' Robin Hood (1922), a role he would repeat opposite Errol Flynn in 1938 and John Derek in 1950. Talkies made Hale more popular than ever, especially in his many roles as Irishmen, blusterers and "best pals" for Warner Bros. Throughout his career, Hale never lost his love for inventing things, and reportedly patented or financed items as commonplace as auto brakes and as esoteric as greaseless potato chips. Alan Hale contracted pneumonia and died while working on the Warner Bros. western Montana (1950), which starred Hale's perennial screen cohort Errol Flynn.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Union Depot
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Rogues Of Sherwood Forest
  • Little John
1950
No Score Yet Colt .45
  • Sheriff Harris
1950
No Score Yet Stars in My Crown
  • Jed Isbell
1950
No Score Yet Always Leave Them Laughing
  • Mr. Washburn
1949
No Score Yet South of St. Louis
  • Jake Evarts
1949
89% The Inspector General
  • Kovatch
1949
No Score Yet The Younger Brothers
  • Sheriff Knudson
1949
No Score Yet Whiplash
  • Actor
1948
No Score Yet Adventures of Don Juan
  • Leporello
1948
No Score Yet My Girl Tisa
  • Dugan
1948
No Score Yet Wyoming Kid
  • Fred
1947
No Score Yet The Man I Love
  • Riley
1947
100% Pursued
  • Jake Dingle
1947
No Score Yet That Way with Women
  • Herman Brinker
1947
No Score Yet My Wild Irish Rose
  • John Donovan
1947
No Score Yet Night and Day
  • Leon Dowling
1946
No Score Yet Hotel Berlin
  • Hermann Plottke
1945
No Score Yet God Is My Co-Pilot
  • "Big Mike" Harrigan
1945
No Score Yet Roughly Speaking
  • Lew Morton
1945
No Score Yet Janie
  • Reardon
1944
No Score Yet The Adventures of Mark Twain
  • Steve Gillis
1944
No Score Yet Hollywood Canteen
  • Himself
1944
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars
  • Specialty
1943
No Score Yet This Is the Army
  • Sgt. McGee
1943
No Score Yet Action in the North Atlantic
  • O'Hara
1943
No Score Yet Destination Tokyo
  • Cookie
1943
No Score Yet Juke Girl
  • `Yippee'
1942
63% Desperate Journey
  • Flight Sgt. Kirk Edwards
1942
No Score Yet Captains of the Clouds
  • "Tiny" Murphy
1942
100% Gentleman Jim
  • Pat
1942
No Score Yet Footsteps in the Dark
  • Insp. Mason
1941
No Score Yet Manpower
  • Jumbo Wells
1941
100% The Strawberry Blonde
  • Old Man Grimes
1941
No Score Yet Tugboat Annie Sails Again
  • Capt. Bullwinkle
1940
95% They Drive by Night
  • Ed J. Carlsen
1940
100% The Sea Hawk
  • Carl Pitt
1940
No Score Yet Three Cheers for the Irish
  • Gallagher
1940
No Score Yet The Fighting 69th
  • Sgt. Big Mike Wynn
1940
No Score Yet Santa Fe Trail
  • Barefoot Brody
1940
No Score Yet Green Hell
  • Dr. Emil `Nils' Loren
1940
No Score Yet Virginia City
  • Olaf "Moose" Swenson
1940
71% The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
  • Earl of Tyrone
1939
No Score Yet On Your Toes
  • Sergei Alexandrovitch
1939
No Score Yet Dust Be My Destiny
  • Michael Leonard
1939
No Score Yet The Man in the Iron Mask
  • Porthos
1939
100% Dodge City
  • Algernon `Rusty' Hart
1939
No Score Yet Listen, Darling
  • J.J. Slattery
1938
No Score Yet The Sisters
  • Sam Johnson
1938
No Score Yet Algiers
  • Grandpere
1938
100% The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Little John
1938
No Score Yet Four Men and a Prayer
  • Furnoy
1938
No Score Yet The Adventures of Marco Polo
  • Kaidu
1938
No Score Yet Music for Madame
  • Detective Flugelman
1937
No Score Yet Thin Ice
  • Baron
1937
86% Stella Dallas
  • Ed Munn
1937
No Score Yet The Prince and the Pauper
  • Captain of the Guard
1937
No Score Yet When Thief Meets Thief
  • Jim Dial/"Col. Fane"
1937
No Score Yet High, Wide and Handsome
  • Walt Brennan
1937
No Score Yet Our Relations
  • Joe Groagan, the Waiter
1936
No Score Yet Yellowstone
  • John Alexander Hardigan
1936
No Score Yet A Message to Garcia
  • Doctor Ivan Krug
1936
No Score Yet The Crusades
  • Blondel
1935
No Score Yet Last Days of Pompeii
  • Burbix
1935
No Score Yet The Good Fairy
  • Schlapkohl
1935
No Score Yet Grand Old Girl
  • Click Dade
1935
No Score Yet The Little Minister
  • Rob Dow
1934
No Score Yet Babbitt
  • Charlie McKelvey
1934
100% Imitation of Life
  • Martin, Furniture Man
1934
No Score Yet Broadway Bill
  • Orchestra leader
1934
No Score Yet The Scarlet Letter
  • Bartholomew Hockins
1934
78% Of Human Bondage
  • Emil Miller
1934
No Score Yet Fog Over Frisco
  • Chief O'Malley
1934
No Score Yet Little Man, What Now?
  • Jachman
1934
No Score Yet Picture Brides
  • Von Luden
1934
98% It Happened One Night
  • Danker
1934
100% The Lost Patrol
  • Cook
1934
No Score Yet Great Expectations
  • Joe Gargery
1934
No Score Yet Eleventh Commandment
  • Max Stager
1933
No Score Yet The Match King
  • Borglund
1932
No Score Yet So Big
  • Klaus Poole
1932
No Score Yet The Sin of Madelon Claudet
  • Hubert
1931
No Score Yet Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise
  • Mondstrum
1931
No Score Yet Rebound
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet The Leatherneck
  • Otto Schmidt
1929
No Score Yet The Leopard Lady
  • Caesar
1928
No Score Yet Power
  • Hanson
1928
No Score Yet Skyscraper
  • Slim
1928
No Score Yet Spieler
  • Actor
1928
No Score Yet Rubber Tires
  • Director
1927
No Score Yet Risky Business
  • Director
1926
No Score Yet Dick Turpin
  • Tom King
1925
No Score Yet Braveheart
  • Director
1925
No Score Yet The Covered Wagon
  • Sam Woodhull
1923
No Score Yet Cameo Kirby
  • Colonel Moreau
1923
No Score Yet The Trap
  • Benson
1922
No Score Yet The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
  • Karl
1921
No Score Yet Barbarian
  • Mark
1921
No Score Yet Power of the Press
  • Sam
1914

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