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Porter Hall

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Clifford Porter Hall (September 19, 1888 – October 6, 1953) was an American character actor known for appearing in a number of films in the 1930s and 1940s. Hall played movie villains or comedic incompetent characters. Hall was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and began his career touring as a stage actor with roles in productions of The Great Gatsby and Naked in 1926. Hall made his film debut in the 1931 drama Secrets of a Secretary. He made his last onscreen appearance in the 1954 film Return to Treasure Island, which was released after his death. He was probably best remembered for four roles: a senator in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, an atheist in Going My Way, the nervous, ill-tempered Granville Sawyer, who administers a psychological test to Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street, and a train passenger who encounters a man (Fred MacMurray) who has just committed a murder in Double Indemnity. On October 6, 1953, Hall died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California at the age of 65. His interment was at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery. Hall had two children, David and Sarah Jane.

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Sep 19, 1888 In Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Cheat 1931-11-28
Latest Project:
Movie Return to Treasure Island 1954-06-30
Known For
Poster of Miracle on 34th Street
Poster of His Girl Friday
Poster of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Poster of Wild Money
Movie Return to Treasure Island Maximillian 'Maxie' Harris 1954-06-30
Movie Pony Express Jim Bridger 1953-01-01
Movie Vice Squad Jack Hartrampf 1953-07-31
Movie The Half-Breed Kraemer 1952-05-03
Movie Ace in the Hole Jacob Q. Boot 1951-06-29
Movie The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend Judge O'Toole 1949-05-27
Movie Chicken Every Sunday Sam Howell 1949-01-18
Movie Intruder in the Dust Nub Gowrie 1949-11-22
Movie You Gotta Stay Happy Mr. Caslon 1948-10-28
Movie That Wonderful Urge Attorney Ketchell 1948-11-20
Movie Miracle on 34th Street Granville Sawyer 1947-06-11
Movie Unconquered Leach 1947-10-10
Movie Singapore Mr. Gerald Bellows 1947-08-13
Movie Murder, He Says Mr. Johnson 1945-01-01
Movie Bring on the Girls Dr. Efrington 1945-03-30
Movie Blood on the Sun Arthur Bickett 1945-04-26
Movie Week-End at the Waldorf Stevens 1945-10-04
Movie Kiss and Tell Bill Franklin 1945-10-04
Movie Standing Room Only Hugo Farenhall 1944-01-07
Movie Going My Way Mr. Belknap 1944-05-15
Movie Double Indemnity Mr. Jackson 1944-06-14
Movie The Mark of the Whistler Joe Sorsby 1944-10-09
Movie The Great Moment President Franklin Pierce 1944-07-18
Movie A Stranger in Town Judge Austin Harkley 1943-04-01
Movie The Desperadoes Banker Clanton 1943-05-25
Movie The Woman of the Town Mayor Dog Killey 1943-12-31
Movie The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek Jacob Woodson, Justice of the Peace 1943-12-24
Movie Mr. and Mrs. North George Heyler 1942-01-23
Movie The Remarkable Andrew Chief Clerk Art Slocumb 1942-03-05
Movie The Parson of Panamint Jonathan Randall 1941-07-25
Movie Sullivan's Travels Mr. Hadrian 1941-11-30
Movie Dark Command Angus McCloud 1940-04-15
Movie His Girl Friday Murphy 1940-01-18
Movie Trail of the Vigilantes Sheriff Korley 1940-12-13
Movie Arizona Lazarus Ward 1940-12-25
Movie Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police Man in Drummond's Dream 1939-03-29
Movie They Shall Have Music Mr. Flower 1939-08-18
Movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Senator Monroe 1939-10-19
Movie Henry Goes Arizona Banker Edward G. Walsh 1939-12-08
Movie Bulldog Drummond's Peril Dr. Botulian 1938-03-18
Movie Dangerous to Know Mayor Bradley 1938-03-11
Movie Scandal Street James Wilson 1938-02-11
Movie Stolen Heaven 'Von' Offer 1938-05-11
Movie Men with Wings Hiram F. Jenkins 1938-07-16
Movie Tom Sawyer, Detective Uncle Silas Phelps 1938-12-24
Movie Prison Farm Chiston R. Bradby 1938-06-17
Movie The Arkansas Traveler Mayor Daniels 1938-10-14
Movie King of Alcatraz Matthew Talbot 1938-09-30
Movie Wild Money Bill Court 1937-07-09
Movie Make Way for Tomorrow Harvey Chase 1937-05-09
Movie King of Gamblers George Kramer 1937-04-22
Movie Bulldog Drummond Escapes Norman Merridew 1937-01-22
Movie Souls at Sea Court Prosecutor 1937-09-03
Movie This Way Please S.J. Crawford 1937-10-15
Movie Wells Fargo James Oliver 1937-12-31
Movie True Confession Mr. Hartman, Prosecutor 1937-12-24
Movie Snowed Under Arthur Layton 1936-03-29
Movie Too Many Parents Mrs. Saunders 1936-03-19
Movie The Petrified Forest Jason Maple 1936-02-08
Movie The Story of Louis Pasteur Dr. Rossignol 1936-02-22
Movie The Princess Comes Across Darcy 1936-05-22
Movie And Sudden Death District Attorney 1936-06-16
Movie The Plainsman Jack McCall 1936-11-16
Movie The General Died at Dawn Peter Perrie 1936-11-17
Movie Satan Met a Lady Milton Ames 1936-07-22
Movie Let's Make a Million Spencer 1936-09-01
Movie The Case of the Lucky Legs Col. Bradbury 1935-10-05
Movie Murder in the Private Car Murray 1934-06-29
Movie The Thin Man Herbert MacCaulay 1934-05-25
Movie The Cheat Leslie (uncredited) 1931-11-28