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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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
20% Rhapsody in Blue
  • Mr. Kast
2001
88% Friendly Persuasion
  • Elder
1956
96% A Star Is Born
  • Studio Employee
1954
No Score Yet The Moonlighter
  • Clem Usquebaugh
1953
No Score Yet Carrie
  • Parson/Factory Foreman
1952
No Score Yet 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
94% 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
No Score Yet Up in Arms
  • Dr. Freyheisen
1944
No Score Yet Enemy of Women
  • Uncle Hugo
1944
88% Wilson
  • Col. House
1944
No Score Yet Flesh And Fantasy
  • Old Man Prospector
1943
91% 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
81% 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 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
63% 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
95% 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
83% Dr. Cyclops
  • Dr. Bulfinch
1940
No Score Yet Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet
  • Sensenbrenner
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 Lucky Partners
  • Newspaperman
1940
No Score Yet Virginia City
  • Ralston
1940
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 Reno
  • Welch
1939
No Score Yet The Mad Miss Manton
  • Popsy
1938
64% 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
29% 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
100% The Prisoner of Zenda
  • Passport Officer
1937
89% 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 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
90% Come and Get It
  • Hewitt
1936
88% Dodsworth
  • Hazzard
1936
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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