Charles Halton

Charles Halton

  • Highest Rated: 100% A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
  • Lowest Rated: 20% Rhapsody in Blue (2001)
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  • American actor Charles Halton was forced to quit school at age 14 to help support his family. When his boss learned that young Halton was interested in the arts, he financed the boy's training at the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts. For the next three decades, Halton appeared in every aspect of "live" performing; in the '20s, he became a special favorite of playwright George S. Kaufman, who cast Halton in one of his most famous roles as movie mogul Herman Glogauer in Once in a Lifetime. Appearing in Dodsworth on Broadway with Walter Huston, Halton was brought to Hollywood to recreate his role in the film version. Though he'd occasionally return to the stage, Halton put down roots in Hollywood, where his rimless spectacles and snapping-turtle features enabled him to play innumerable "nemesis" roles. He could usually be seen as a grasping attorney, a rent-increasing landlord or a dictatorial office manager. While many of these characterizations were two-dimensional, Halton was capable of portraying believable human beings with the help of the right director; such a director was Ernst Lubitsch, who cast Halton as the long-suffered Polish stage manager in To Be or Not to Be (1942). Alfred Hitchcock likewise drew a flesh and blood portrayal from Halton, casting the actor as the small-town court clerk who reveals that Robert Montgomery and Carole Lombard are not legally married in Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1942). Charles Halton retired from Hollywood after completing his work on Friendly Persuasion in 1956; he died three years later of hepatitis.

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20% Rhapsody in Blue Mr. Kast 2001
88% Friendly Persuasion Elder 1956
97% A Star Is Born Studio Employee 1954
No Score Yet The Moonlighter Clem Usquebaugh 1953
No Score Yet Carrie Parson/Factory Foreman 1952
60% Here Comes the Groom Cusick 1951
No Score Yet Gasoline Alley Pettit 1951
No Score Yet The Daring Caballero (Guns of Fury) Hodges 1949
82% Three Godfathers Mr. Latham 1948
No Score Yet A Man to Remember Perkins 1948
No Score Yet If You Knew Susie Pringle 1948
No Score Yet My Dear Secretary Teacher 1948
No Score Yet The Ghost Goes Wild Actor 1947
93% It's a Wonderful Life Mr. Carter 1946
96% The Best Years of Our Lives Prew 1946
No Score Yet Sister Kenny Mr. Smith 1946
No Score Yet Three Little Girls in Blue Hoskins 1946
No Score Yet Because of Him Mr. Dunlap 1946
No Score Yet Midnight Manhunt Miggs 1945
60% The Thin Man Goes Home Tatum 1945
100% A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Mr. Barker 1945
No Score Yet The Town Went Wild Mr. Tweedle 1944
80% Up in Arms Dr. Freyheisen 1944
No Score Yet Enemy of Women Uncle Hugo 1944
89% Wilson Col. House 1944
No Score Yet Address Unknown Pip-Squeak 1944
No Score Yet Flesh And Fantasy Old Man Prospector 1943
85% Heaven Can Wait Clerk in Britano's 1943
No Score Yet Jitterbugs Cass 1943
No Score Yet You Can't Escape Forever Charley Gates 1942
No Score Yet Priorities on Parade 2nd examiner 1942
No Score Yet Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die Dan Crane 1942
No Score Yet They All Kissed the Bride Doctor 1942
No Score Yet In Old California Mr. Hayes 1942
No Score Yet The Spoilers Jonathan Struve 1942
83% Saboteur Sheriff 1942
98% To Be or Not to Be Dobosh 1942
No Score Yet The Lady Is Willing Dr. Jones 1942
No Score Yet Captains of the Clouds Nolan 1942
No Score Yet Across the Pacific A.V. Smith 1942
No Score Yet Henry Aldrich, Editor Ellas Noonan 1942
No Score Yet H.M. Pulham, Esq. Walter Kaufman 1941
No Score Yet Look Who's Laughing Cudahy 1941
No Score Yet Unholy Partners Kaper 1941
100% One Foot in Heaven Haskins 1941
No Score Yet Dance Hall Mr. Newmeyer 1941
67% Mr. & Mrs. Smith Mr. Deever 1941
No Score Yet Tobacco Road Mayor 1941
No Score Yet The Body Disappears Prof. Moggs 1941
No Score Yet Tugboat Annie Sails Again Alec Severn 1940
No Score Yet Young People Moderator 1940
94% Foreign Correspondent Bradley 1940
83% Stranger on the Third Floor Meng 1940
96% They Drive by Night Farnsworth 1940
No Score Yet Lillian Russell Dr. Dobbins 1940
No Score Yet The Doctor Takes a Wife Dr. Streeter 1940
77% Dr. Cyclops Dr. Bulfinch 1940
100% The Shop Around the Corner Detective 1940
No Score Yet Brigham Young Prosecutor 1940
100% The Westerner Mort Borrow 1940
No Score Yet Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet Sensenbrenner 1940
No Score Yet 20 Mule Team Adams 1940
No Score Yet Lucky Partners Newspaperman 1940
No Score Yet Virginia City Ralston 1940
No Score Yet Reno Welch 1939
No Score Yet Dust Be My Destiny Pawnbroker 1939
No Score Yet Golden Boy Newspaperman 1939
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at Treasure Island Uncle Redley 1939
No Score Yet Bachelor Mother Actor 1939
No Score Yet Juarez Mr. Roberts 1939
100% Young Mr. Lincoln Hawthorne 1939
No Score Yet They Made Her a Spy Belden 1939
100% Dodge City Surrett's lawyer 1939
No Score Yet Nancy Drew, Reporter Newspaper Publicity Man 1939
No Score Yet Jesse James Heywood/Layworth 1939
No Score Yet The Mad Miss Manton Popsy 1938
67% Room Service Dr. Glass 1938
No Score Yet Penrod's Double Trouble Mr. Bitts 1938
No Score Yet The Saint in New York Vincent Nather 1938
38% Bluebeard's Eighth Wife Monsieur de la Coste 1938
No Score Yet Gold Is Where You Find It Turner 1938
No Score Yet I Am the Law Leander 1938
No Score Yet Penitentiary Leonard Nettleford 1938
100% The Prisoner of Zenda Passport Officer 1937
90% Dead End Whitey 1937
No Score Yet The Road Back Uncle Rudolph 1937
No Score Yet Woman Chases Man Mr. Judd 1937
No Score Yet Stolen Holiday LeGrande 1937
No Score Yet Black Legion Osgood 1937
No Score Yet Gold Diggers of 1937 Actor 1937
No Score Yet Pick a Star Malheimer 1937
No Score Yet Ready, Willing and Able Brockman 1937
No Score Yet More than a Secretary Mr. Crosby 1936
91% Come and Get It Hewitt 1936
89% Dodsworth Hazzard 1936
100% Gold Diggers of 1935 Dr. Warshoff 1935
No Score Yet Twenty Million Sweethearts Sound Effects Man 1934
No Score Yet Mama Loves Papa Appleby 1933
No Score Yet Storm at Daybreak Villager 1933
No Score Yet Lorna Doone John, as a Child 1922
No Score Yet Peck's Bad Boy Peck's Pal 1921


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