John Halliday

John Halliday

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Philadelphia Story (1940)
  • Lowest Rated: 100% The Philadelphia Story (1940)
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  • American actor John Halliday went the usual route of Brooklyn-born performers by hiding behind a stage British accent in his theatrical and film performances. Except for a few awkward early-talkie appearances where he's laying it on too thick (Perfect Understanding [1933]), Halliday pulled off his artifice so well that at least one knowledgable historian has pigeonholed the actor as Scottish! In films since 1920 and on stage for at least a decade prior to that, Halliday was one of the best of the gentleman villains of the screen: He'd never get the girl, but he could ruin her boyfriend in business, destroy the lives of her family, or kill her off altogether. In the little-seen horror gem Terror Aboard (1933), it's fairly obvious throughout that Halliday is the hidden killer, but he performs his perfidy with such grisly aplomb that the audience is half hoping he'll get away with it. As a subtler conniver in the 1936 Gary Cooper-Marlene Dietrich vehicle Desire, he is able to shift from suavity to menace so abruptly that it throws Dietrich's character momentarily off balance. Even when he was cast in the lead, as in Hollywood Boulevard (1936), his behavior as a Barrymore-like faded actor is caddish enough to get him murdered a reel before the fadeout. John Halliday was permitted a modicum of audience empathy in one of his last films: as Katharine Hepburn's gently philandering father in The Philadelphia Story (1940), he manages to invest humanity and a touch of wistfulness into a basically unsympathetic idle-rich stock character.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

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No Score Yet Terror Aboard Actor 2013
100% The Philadelphia Story Lord 1940
No Score Yet Escape to Glory John Morgan 1940
100% Intermezzo Thomas Stenborg 1939
No Score Yet Hotel for Women John Craig 1939
No Score Yet That Certain Age Mr. Fullerton 1938
No Score Yet Blockade Andre Gallinet 1938
No Score Yet Arsene Lupin Returns Count De Grissac 1938
No Score Yet Desire Carlos Margoli 1936
No Score Yet Peter Ibbetson The Duke of Towers 1935
No Score Yet The Dark Angel Sir George Barton 1935
No Score Yet The Melody Lingers On Marco Turina 1935
No Score Yet Desirable Austin Stevens 1934
No Score Yet Housewife Paul Duprey 1934
No Score Yet Finishing School Mr. Radcliff 1934
No Score Yet The Witching Hour Actor 1934
No Score Yet Happiness Ahead Henry Bradford 1934
No Score Yet A Woman's Man Actor 1934
No Score Yet The House on 56th Street Lyndon Fiske 1933
No Score Yet Bed of Roses Stephen Paige 1933
No Score Yet Bed Of Roses Actor 1933
No Score Yet Perfect Understanding Ivan Ronnson 1933
No Score Yet Bird of Paradise Mac 1932
No Score Yet Week-Ends Only Arthur Ladden 1932
No Score Yet Impatient Maiden Albert Hartman 1932
No Score Yet Men of Chance Richard Dorval 1932
No Score Yet Consolation Marriage Jeff Hunter 1931
No Score Yet Smart Woman Sir Guy Harrington 1931
No Score Yet Transatlantic Henry Graham 1931
No Score Yet Millie Jimmy Daimer 1931
No Score Yet Captain Applejack Ambrose 1931
No Score Yet Love Expert Actor 1920

QUOTES FROM John Halliday CHARACTERS

Seth Lord
What most wives fail to realize is that their husbands philandering has nothing whatever to do with them.
Tracy Lord
Then what has it to do with?
Seth Lord
A reluctance to grow old, I think. I suppose the best mainstay a man can have as he gets along in years is a daughter. The right kind of daughter.