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Porter Hall



After working his way through the University of Cincinnati, Porter Hall slaved away as a Pennsylvania steel worker, then turned to acting, spending nearly 20 years building a solid reputation as a touring Shakespearean actor. Hall was 43 when he made his first film, Secrets of a Secretary. Never entertaining thoughts of playing romantic leads, Hall was content to parlay his weak chin and shifty eyes into dozens of roles calling for such unattractive character traits as cowardice, duplicity and plain old mean-spiritedness. Cast as a murder suspect in The Thin Man (1934), Hall's guilt was so transparent that it effectively ended the mystery even before it began. In DeMille's The Plainsman (1936), Hall played Jack McCall, the rattlesnake who shot Wild Bill Hickok in the back (his performance won Hall a Screen Actors Guild award). In the rollicking Murder He Says (1944), Hall portrays the whacked-out patriarch of a family of hillbilly murderers. And in Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Hall is at his most odious as the neurosis-driven psychiatrist who endeavors to commit jolly old Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) to the booby hatch. Even with only one scene in Going My Way (1944), Hall manages to pack five reels' worth of venom into his role of a loudmouthed atheist. In real life, Hall was the exact opposite of his screen image: a loyal friend, a tireless charity worker, and a deacon at Hollywood's First Presbyterian Church. Porter Hall died at age 65 in 1953; his last film, released posthumously, was Return to Treasure Island (1954).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Tcm Presents Double Indemnity Encore
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Tcm Presents Double Indemnity
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Pony Express
  • Bridger
1953
No Score Yet Holiday for Sinners
  • Louie
1952
No Score Yet The Half-Breed
  • Kraemer
1952
No Score Yet Carbine Williams
  • Sam Markley
1952
89% Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival)
  • Jacob Q. Boot
1951
100% Intruder in the Dust
  • Nub Gowrie
1949
71% The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend
  • Judge O'Toole
1949
No Score Yet Chicken Every Sunday
  • Sam Howell
1949
No Score Yet That Wonderful Urge
  • Attorney Ketchell
1948
No Score Yet You Gotta Stay Happy
  • Mr. Caslon
1948
No Score Yet Unconquered
  • Leach
1947
No Score Yet Singapore
  • Mr. Bellows
1947
96% Miracle on 34th Street
  • Mr. Sawyer
1947
No Score Yet Weekend at the Waldorf
  • Stevens
1945
No Score Yet Blood on the Sun
  • Arthur Bickett
1945
No Score Yet Murder, He Says
  • Mr. Johnson
1945
No Score Yet Mark of the Whistler
  • Joe Sorsby
1944
96% Double Indemnity
  • Mr. Jackson
1944
78% Going My Way
  • Belknap
1944
88% The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
  • Justice of the Peace
1944
No Score Yet The Woman of the Town
  • Dog Kelley
1944
No Score Yet The Desperadoes
  • Stanley Clanton
1943
No Score Yet A Stranger in Town
  • Judge Austin Harkley
1943
No Score Yet Mr. and Mrs. North
  • George Reyler
1942
No Score Yet The Remarkable Andrew
  • Art Slocumb
1942
100% Sullivan's Travels
  • Mr. Hadrian
1941
No Score Yet The Dark Command
  • Angus McCloud
1940
98% His Girl Friday
  • Murphy
1940
No Score Yet Arizona
  • Lazarus Ward
1940
94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Sen. Monroe
1939
No Score Yet They Shall Have Music
  • Mr. Flower
1939
No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond's Peril
  • Dr. Botulian
1938
No Score Yet This Way Please
  • S.J. Crawford
1937
No Score Yet Souls at Sea
  • Court Prosecutor
1937
No Score Yet Hotel Haywire
  • Judge Newhall
1937
100% Make Way for Tomorrow
  • Harvey Chase
1937
No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond Escapes
  • Merridew
1937
No Score Yet True Confession
  • Prosecutor
1937
No Score Yet The Plainsman
  • McCall
1936
No Score Yet The General Died at Dawn
  • Perrie
1936
No Score Yet Satan Met a Lady
  • Mr. Ames
1936
100% The Story of Louis Pasteur
  • Rossignol
1936
No Score Yet Snowed Under
  • Arthur Layton
1936
No Score Yet Too Many Parents
  • Mrs. Saunders
1936
100% The Petrified Forest
  • Jason Maple
1936
No Score Yet The Princess Comes Across
  • Darcy
1936
No Score Yet The Case of the Lucky Legs
  • Bradbury
1935
No Score Yet Murder in the Private Car
  • Murray
1934
97% The Thin Man
  • MacCauley
1934
83% The Great Moment
  • President Pierce
1921

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