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Jonathan Hale

Highest Rated:   100% Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)
Lowest Rated:   20% The Opposite Sex (1956)
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Once Canadian-born actor Jonathan Hale became well known for his portrayal of well-to-do businessmen, he was fond of telling the story of how he'd almost been a man of wealth in real life--except for an improvident financial decision by his father. A minor diplomat before he turned to acting, Hale began appearing in minor film roles in 1934, showing up fleetingly in such well-remembered films as the Karloff/Lugosi film The Raven (1935), the Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera (1935) and the first version of A Star is Born (1937). In 1938, Hale was cast as construction executive J. C. Dithers in Blondie, the first of 28 "B"-pictures based on Chic Young's popular comic strip. Though taller and more distinguished-looking than the gnomelike Dithers of the comics, Hale became instantly synonymous with the role, continuing to portray the character until 1946's Blondie's Lucky Day (his voice was heard in the final film of the series, Beware of Blondie, though that film's on-camera Dithers was Edward Earle). During this same period, Hale also appeared regularly as Irish-brogued Inspector Fernack in RKO's "The Saint" series. After 1946, Hale alternated between supporting roles and bits, frequently unbilled (e.g. Angel on My Shoulder, Call Northside 777 and Son of Paleface); he had a pivotal role as Robert Walker's hated father in Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train (1951), though the part was confined to a smidgen of dialogue and a single long-shot. Hale worked prolifically in television in the '50s, with substantial guest roles in such series as Disneyland and The Adventures of Superman. In 1966, after a long illness, Jonathan Hale committed suicide at the age of 75, just months before the TV release of the Blondie films that had won him prominence in the '30s and '40s.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (The Modern Miracle)
  • President of Western Union
2000
No Score Yet Kiss Them for Me
  • Nightclub Manager
1957
No Score Yet Top Secret Affair
  • Mr. Jones
1957
20% The Opposite Sex
  • Phelps Potter
1956
No Score Yet Illegal
  • Doctor
1955
No Score Yet The Night Holds Terror
  • Bob Henderson
1955
No Score Yet Men of the Fighting Lady (Panther Squadron)
  • Announcer
1954
100% Riot in Cell Block 11
  • Russell
1954
No Score Yet She Couldn't Say No
  • Mr. Bentley
1954
No Score Yet A Blueprint for Murder
  • Dr. Stevenson
1953
No Score Yet Kansas Pacific
  • Gen. Scott
1953
No Score Yet The Steel Trap
  • Tom Bowers
1952
100% Scandal Sheet
  • Frank Madison
1952
89% Son of Paleface
  • Governor
1952
98% Strangers on a Train
  • Mr. Antony
1951
No Score Yet Three Husbands
  • Mr. Wurdeman
1951
No Score Yet A Dangerous Profession
  • Lennert
1949
83% The Fountainhead
  • Guy Franchon
1949
No Score Yet The Judge
  • Lt. Edwards
1949
No Score Yet State Department---File 649
  • Director General of Foreign Service
1948
88% Johnny Belinda
  • Dr. Gray
1948
No Score Yet Tap Roots
  • Gen. Johnston
1948
73% Call Northside 777
  • Robert Winston
1948
No Score Yet Silver River
  • Maj. Spencer
1948
No Score Yet High Wall
  • Emory Garrison
1947
No Score Yet Her Husband's Affairs
  • Gov. Fox
1947
No Score Yet The Ghost Goes Wild
  • Actor
1947
No Score Yet Wife Wanted (Shadow of Blackmail)
  • Philip Conway
1946
No Score Yet Blondie Knows Best
  • J.C. Dithers
1946
No Score Yet Easy to Wed
  • Hector Boswell
1946
No Score Yet Angel on My Shoulder
  • Chairman
1946
No Score Yet Blondie's Lucky Day
  • J.C. Dithers
1946
No Score Yet Riverboat Rhythm
  • Edward Beeler
1946
No Score Yet Life with Blondie
  • Dithers
1945
No Score Yet Dakota
  • Col. Wordin
1945
No Score Yet Man Alive
  • Osborne
1945
No Score Yet Allotment Wives (Woman in the Case)
  • Gen. Gilbert
1945
No Score Yet Leave It to Blondie
  • J.C. Dithers
1945
No Score Yet And Now Tomorrow
  • Dr. Sloane
1944
No Score Yet Dead Man's Eyes
  • Dr. Welles
1944
75% Since You Went Away
  • Conductor
1944
No Score Yet Hollywood Canteen
  • Mr. Brodel
1944
No Score Yet Jack London
  • Kerwin Maxwell
1943
No Score Yet It's a Great Life
  • J.C. Dithers
1943
83% Hangmen Also Die
  • Dedic
1943
No Score Yet The Amazing Mrs. Holliday
  • Ferguson
1943
No Score Yet There's Something About a Soldier
  • Gen. Sommerton
1943
No Score Yet Footlight Glamour
  • J.C. Dithers
1943
No Score Yet Blondie for Victory
  • J.C. Dithers
1942
No Score Yet Miss Annie Rooney
  • Mr. White
1942
No Score Yet Blondie Goes to College
  • J.C. Dithers
1942
No Score Yet Blondie's Blessed Event
  • J.C. Dithers
1942
No Score Yet Joe Smith, American
  • Blake McKettrick
1942
No Score Yet Ringside Maisie (Cash and Carry Maisie)
  • Dr. Kramer
1941
No Score Yet Blondie in Society
  • Dithers
1941
No Score Yet Blondie Goes Latin
  • J.C. Dithers
1941
No Score Yet Flight from Destiny
  • District Attorney
1941
No Score Yet The Saint in Palm Springs
  • Insp. Henry Fernack
1941
No Score Yet Blondie Plays Cupid
  • J.C. Dithers
1940
No Score Yet Blondie Has Servant Trouble
  • J.C. Dithers
1940
No Score Yet The Saint Takes Over
  • Inspector Henry Fernack
1940
No Score Yet Johnny Apollo
  • Dr. Brown
1940
No Score Yet The Saint's Double Trouble
  • Inspector Henry Fernack
1940
No Score Yet Blondie
  • J.C. Dithers
1939
No Score Yet In Name Only
  • Dr. Edward `Ned' Gateson
1939
No Score Yet There's That Woman Again
  • Rolfe Davis
1939
No Score Yet The Saint Strikes Back
  • Inspector Henry Fernack
1939
No Score Yet Blondie Meets the Boss
  • D.C. Dithers
1939
No Score Yet Wings of the Navy
  • Commandant
1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty
  • Actor
1939
89% Boys Town
  • John Hargraves
1938
No Score Yet Breaking the Ice
  • Kane
1938
No Score Yet Letter of Introduction
  • Lou Woodstock
1938
No Score Yet Wives Under Suspicion
  • Dan Allison
1938
No Score Yet The Saint in New York
  • Insp. Henry Fernack
1938
No Score Yet Judge Hardy's Children
  • John Lee
1938
No Score Yet Arsene Lupin Returns
  • Chief of DCI
1938
95% Bringing Up Baby
  • Actor
1938
No Score Yet The Duke of West Point
  • Col. Early
1938
No Score Yet Exiled to Shanghai
  • J.B. Willet
1937
No Score Yet Big Town Girl
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet Saratoga
  • Frank Clayton
1937
No Score Yet This Is My Affair
  • Judge
1937
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at the Olympics
  • Hopkins
1937
100% A Star Is Born
  • Night Court Judge
1937
100% You Only Live Once
  • District Attorney
1937
No Score Yet Madame X
  • Hugh Fariman Sr.
1937
No Score Yet Happy Go Lucky
  • Bennett
1936
No Score Yet Born to Dance
  • Hector, the Columnist
1936
No Score Yet The Devil Is a Sissy
  • Judge Holmes
1936
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at the Race Track
  • Warren Fenton
1936
100% Fury
  • Defense Attorney
1936
No Score Yet The Singing Kid
  • Dr. Brown
1936
No Score Yet Too Many Parents
  • Judge
1936
No Score Yet The Voice of Bugle Ann
  • District Attorney
1936
97% A Night at the Opera
  • Stage Manager
1935
No Score Yet Page Miss Glory
  • Man in Railroad Station
1935
No Score Yet G-Men
  • Congressman
1935
93% Alice Adams
  • Mr. Palmer
1935
No Score Yet Charlie Chan's Secret
  • Warren T. Phelps
1935
No Score Yet Housewife
  • Doctor
1934
No Score Yet Lightning Strikes Twice
  • Capt. Nelson
1934

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Museum Attendant Jewelery Store Clerk
  • 1966

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