Porter Hall Overview:

Character actor, Porter Hall, was born Clifford Porter Hall on Sep 19, 1888 in Cincinnati, OH. Hall died at the age of 65 on Oct 6, 1953 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills) Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.


Character actor Porter Hall started his entertainment career as a touring stage actor, making his feature film debut, albeit uncredited, in 1931, at age 43 in Secrets of a Secretary (starring Claudette Colbert and Herbert Marshall). Over the course of his 20+ year film career, Hall appeared in over 75 film and television episodes, playing his share of mean-spirited villains and pompous men. Some of his most notable roles include a murder suspect in The Thin Man (1934), Jack McCall (who shot Wild Bill Hickok in the back) in The Plainsman (1936), Senator Monroe in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, a grouchy atheist in Going My Way (1944), hillbilly patriarch in Murder He Says (1944) -- and of course the nervous, ill-tempered store psychologist who gave the psych test to Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street (1947). In real life, Hall was quite the opposite of his screen image -- a tireless charity worker and a deacon at his church.

(Source: article by Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub).



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Angus McCloud: Four killings in a week! It's got to stop!
Judge Buckner: Four! Did you say four? That's right, four! Well, we're going to be quite a town, ain't we? I doubt that they have that many in Dodge City. No, I don't think so.
Angus McCloud: We aim to compete with any city in size, but not in lawlessness!

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Active on Broadway from 1926-34. Performed in 9 major productions including the original cast production of "The Great Gatsby" in 1924.

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