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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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 66

Birthday 1888-09-19

Day of Death 1953-10-06

Place of Birth Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

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

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