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Huntz Hall



The 14th of 16 children born to a New York air-conditioner repairman and his wife, Henry Richard Hall was nicknamed "Huntz" because of his Teutonic-looking nose. At the ripe old age of one year, Huntz made his stage debut in Thunder on the Left. He went on to attend New York's Professional Children's School, perform in radio programs and at least one experimental TV broadcast, and sing with a youthful quintette; the last activity came to an end when he "ruined" his voice hawking peanuts at Madison Square Garden.



In 1935, Hall was cast as slum-kid Dippy in Sidney Kingsley's Dead End, repeating the role in the 1937 screen version. Together with his fellow "Dead End Kids" Leo Gorcey, Gabriel Dell, Billy Halop, Bobby Jordan and Bernard Punsley. Hall was signed by Warner Bros in 1938. In between such Warners' assignments as Angels With Dirty Faces (1938) and They Made Me a Criminal (1939), Hall co-starred with Halop, Dell, Punsley and Leo Gorcey's brother David in Universal's Little Tough Guy, the first of many "Dead End Kid" spin-offs. During his years at Universal, Hall began developing his trademarked goofy comic style, which came to full fruition when he was reunited with Leo Gorcey in Sam Katzman's East Side Kids series at Monogram. Previously, his character name (and character) had changed from film to film: at Monogram, Hall was consistently cast as Gorcey's perennial punching bag Glimpy. Occasionally, he accepted non-"East Side Kids" assignments in the mid-1940s, earning high critical praise for his performance as Carraway in Lewis Milestone's A Walk in the Sun.



In 1946, Hall, Gorcey and producer Jan Grippo created the Bowery Boys series for Monogram. Hall played the increasingly buffoonish Horace Debussy "Sach" Jones in 48 inexpensive but profitable "Bowery Boys" entries, graduating to top billing when Gorcey left the series in 1955. After the final Bowery Boys entry in 1958, he appeared in nightclubs and dinner-theater productions. Thanks to his 10% ownership of the Bowery Boys series and his investments in offshore oil, Hall was wealthy enough to retire in the early 1960s, but he was never able to completely divest himself of the urge to perform. His post-"Sach" appearances include a semi-heavy role in Ivan Tors' Gentle Giant (1977), regular stints in the weekly TV series The Chicago Teddy Bears (1971), The Ghost Busters (1975) and Uncle Croc's Block (1977), his unexpectedly effective portrayal of movie mogul Jesse Lasky in Ken Russell's Valentino (1977), and any number of supporting roles in such R-rated fare as Gas Pump Girls and Auntie Lee's Meat Pies. He also turned director for the made-for-TV feature Lost Island (1979). Hall was appointed by Princess Grace to Monaco's Council on Drug Abuse in the 1970s. Huntz Hall remained active on the nostalgia-convention circuit into the 1990s until his death in early 1999.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Cyclone
  • Long John
1987
No Score Yet The Ratings Game (The Mogul)
  • Benny Bentson
1984
No Score Yet The Escape Artist
  • Turnkey
1982
No Score Yet Gas Pump Girls
  • Uncle Joe
1979
50% Valentino
  • Jesse Lasky
1977
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood
  • Moving Man
1976
No Score Yet The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery
  • Deputy
1975
80% Herbie Rides Again
  • Judge
1974
No Score Yet Gentle Giant
  • Dink
1967
No Score Yet Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar
  • Stagehand
1965
No Score Yet Hold That Hypnotist
  • Sach Debussy Jones
1957
No Score Yet The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters
  • Sach Debussy Jones
1954
No Score Yet Feudin' Fools
  • Actor
1952
No Score Yet Bowery Battalion
  • Horace Debussy 'Sach' Jones
1951
No Score Yet Canon City
  • Guard Captain
1948
No Score Yet Spook Busters
  • Sach Debussy Jones
1946
100% A Walk in the Sun
  • Carraway
1945
100% Wonder Man
  • Mike
1945
No Score Yet The Whispering Skull
  • Actor
1944
No Score Yet Million Dollar Kid
  • Glimpy McClasky
1944
No Score Yet East Side Kids - Million Dollar Kid
  • Actor
1944
No Score Yet Ghosts on the Loose
  • Glimpy Williams
1943
No Score Yet Clancy Street Boys
  • Glimpy Freedhoff
1943
No Score Yet Kid Dynamite
  • Glimpy McGleavey
1943
No Score Yet East Side Kids - Clancy Street Boys
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet 'Neath Brooklyn Bridge
  • Glimpy
1942
No Score Yet Smart Alecks
  • Glimpy
1942
No Score Yet Let's Get Tough
  • Glimpy
1942
No Score Yet Junior G-Men of the Air
  • Bolts
1942
No Score Yet Mr. Wise Guy
  • Glimpy Stone
1942
No Score Yet Private Buckaroo
  • Cpl. Anemic
1942
No Score Yet East Side Kids - Mr. Wise Guy
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet Dead End Kids
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet East Side Kids - Let's Get Tough
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet Zis Boom Bah
  • Skeets Skillhorn
1942
No Score Yet Stagecoach Buckaroo
  • Denton
1942
No Score Yet Spooks Run Wild
  • Glimpy
1941
No Score Yet Sea Raiders
  • Toby Nelson
1941
No Score Yet Bowery Blitzkrieg
  • Limpy
1941
No Score Yet East Side Kids - Flying Wild
  • Actor
1941
No Score Yet The Return of Doctor X
  • Pinky
1939
No Score Yet Hell's Kitchen
  • Ace
1939
No Score Yet They Made Me a Criminal
  • Dippy
1939
No Score Yet Block-Heads
  • Soldier's Home Superintendant
1938
No Score Yet Little Tough Guy
  • Carl `Pig' Adams
1938
No Score Yet Crime School
  • Goofy
1938
100% Angels with Dirty Faces
  • Crab
1938
89% Dead End
  • Dippy
1937
No Score Yet The Lawless Nineties
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Sagebrush Trail
  • Actor
1933

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
Diff'rent Strokes
1978-1986
  • Derelict

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