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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

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Terror Aboard
  • Actor
2013
100% The Philadelphia Story
  • Lord
1940
100% Intermezzo
  • Thomas Stenborg
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 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 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 The House on 56th Street
  • Lyndon Fiske
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

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