Porter Hall

Porter Hall

Highest Rated: 100% Intruder in the Dust (1949)

Lowest Rated: 80% Unconquered (1947)

Birthday: Sep 19, 1888

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Cincinnati native Porter Hall made a name for himself by almost exclusively portraying evil, low-life characters in the 1930s and 1940s. While he was a gentle-mannered, church-going man in real life, Hall did very well for himself with his bad-guy image, aided in no small part by his bug-eyes and cold exterior. He originally mastered his acting chops on the theater stage, but it wasn't long before Hall made his way to the bright lights of Hollywood, debuting on-screen with two uncredited 1931 roles in the George Abbott-directed dramas "Secrets of a Secretary" and "The Cheat." He eventually graduated to side roles in films like the 1936 Cecile B. DeMille western, "The Plainsman," but Hall truly broke out in the late '30s, particularly with a role as Senator Martin Monroe in the 1939 James Stewart-starring courtroom drama, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." Though Hall always found work playing side characters, never fully moving to leading man status, he became a reliable character presence throughout the 1940s and 1950s, popping up in many high-profile pictures, including the 1940 Howard Hawks screwball comedy, "His Girl Friday," the 1944 Billy Wilder film noir, "Double Indemnity," and George Seaton's 1947 Christmas feel-good film, "Miracle on 34th Street."


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet No Score Yet Return to Treasure Island Maximillian "Maxie" Harris (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 19% Pony Express Jim Bridger (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl in Room 17 Jack Hartrampf (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 54% Carbine Williams Sam Markley (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Half-Breed Kraemer (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Holiday for Sinners Louie (Character) - 1952
92% 92% Ace in the Hole Jacob Q. Boot (Character) - 1951
100% 82% Intruder in the Dust Nub Gowrie (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 57% Chicken Every Sunday Sam Howell (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 47% That Wonderful Urge Attorney Ketchell (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 44% You Gotta Stay Happy Mr. Caslon (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 17% Singapore Mr. Gerald Bellows (Character) - 1947
80% 64% Unconquered Leach (Character) - 1947
96% 87% Miracle on 34th Street Granville Sawyer (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss and Tell Bill Franklin (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 53% Weekend at the Waldorf Stevens (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 35% Blood on the Sun Arthur Bickett (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet Standing Room Only Hugo Farenhall (Character) - 1944
83% 20% The Great Moment President Franklin Pierce (Character) - 1944
86% 83% The Miracle of Morgan's Creek Justice of the Peace (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mark of the Whistler Joe Sorsby (Character) - 1944
97% 95% Double Indemnity Mr. Jackson (Character) - 1944
81% 75% Going My Way Mr. Belknap (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 67% A Stranger in Town Judge Austin Harkley (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 52% The Desperadoes Stanley Clanton (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Woman of the Town Mayor Dog Killey (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Butch Minds the Baby Brandy Smith (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 33% Mr. and Mrs. North Asst. District Attorney George Heyler (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Remarkable Andrew Chief Clerk Art Slocumb (Character) - 1942
100% 89% Sullivan's Travels Mr. Hadrian (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 71% The Dark Command Angus McCloud (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 53% Arizona Lazarus Ward (Character) - 1940
98% 90% His Girl Friday Murphy, reporter (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trail of the Vigilantes Sheriff Korley (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 67% They Shall Have Music Mr. Flower (Character) - 1939
96% 94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Sen. Monroe (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tom Sawyer, Detective Uncle Silas (Character) - 1938
100% 93% Make Way for Tomorrow Harvey Chase (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wells Fargo James Oliver (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 50% Souls at Sea Court Prosecutor (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 10% Bulldog Drummond Escapes Merridew (Character) - 1937
100% 80% The Petrified Forest Jason Maple (Character) - 1936
100% 74% The Story of Louis Pasteur Dr. Rossignol (Character) - 1936
100% 53% The Plainsman Jack McCall (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 21% Satan Met a Lady Milton Ames (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Snowed Under Arthur Layton (Character) - 1936
86% 48% The General Died at Dawn Peter Perrie (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Case of the Lucky Legs Col. Bradbury (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 17% Murder in the Private Car Murray (Character) - 1934
98% 94% The Thin Man MacCauley (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 67% The Cheat Unknown (Character) - 1931


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