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Jon Hall ACTOR


Jon Hall, born Charles Hall Locher, was born on February 23, 1915 in Fresno, California. It was in his blood to be in show biz, as his dad was actor Felix Locher and his cousin was cinematographer Conrad L. Hall. He began his film career using his birth name in 1935; his first feature being “Women Must Dress” (1935) starring Minna Gombell, Gavin Gordon and Hardie Albright, and appearing in additional small roles such as in “Charlie Chan in Shangai” (1935) starring Warner Oland, Irene Hervey, Halliwell Hobbes, Russell Hicks and Keye Luke, “The Mysterious Avenger” (1936) starring Charles Starrett, Joan Perry, Wheeler Oakman, Lafe McKee, Hal Price, Roy Rogers, George Chesebro, Edward LeSaint, Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers and “Winds of the Wasteland” (1936) starring John Wayne, Phyllis Fraser and Lane Chandler. He changed his name to Lloyd Crane for a short time, but in 1937 he decided to be billed in movies as Jon Hall. He finally achieved recognition when he starred opposite Dorothy Lamour in “The Hurricane” (1937) which also starred Mary Astor, C. Aubrey Smith, Thomas Mitchell, Raymond Massey and John Carradine and which was also a very successful movie.
As Jon Hall, he became a leading man in many adventure films, freelancing for several studios. He appeared in “South of Pago Pago” (1940) starring alongside Victor McLaglen, Frances Farmer, Gene Lockhart, Douglass Dumbrille and Pedro De Cordoba, “Kit Carson” (1940) also starring Lynn Bari, Dana Andrews, Ward Bond, Clayton Moore, Rowena Cook, Stanley Andrews and Raymond Hatton, “Aloma of the South Seas” (1941) with Dorothy Lamour, Lynne Overman, Phillip Reed, Esther Dale and Pedro De Cordoba and “Eagel Squadron” (1942) starring Robert Stack, Diane Barrymore, Eddie Albert, Leif Erickson, John Loder, Don Porter and Alan Hale Jr., before being cast in six Technicolor films with the striking Maria Montez. The six films were all very popular fun Universal films, being: “Arabian Nights” (1942) co-starring Sabu, Leif Erickson, Turhan Bey, Billy Gilbert, John Qualen and Shemp Howard, “White Savage” (1943) also starring Sidney Toler, Sabu Dastagir, Thomas Gomez and Turhan Bey “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” with the exotic beauty Maria Montez, Turhan Bey, Andy Devine, Leif Erickson, Kurt Katch and Frank Puglia, “Cobra Woman” starring with Maria Montez again, this time in a dual role along with Sabu Dastagir, Lon Chaney Jr., Mary Nash and Lois Collier, “Gypsy Wildcat” (all 1944) with Peter Coe, Nigel Bruce, Leo Carrillo and Douglass Dumbrille, and “Sudan” (1945) with Turhan Bey, Robert Warwick, Andy Devine, Philip Van Zandt and George Zucco. Viewers, who were escape-hungry during the war, loved the movies, and Hall was honored as being referred to as “the King of Technicolor”.
He made some westerns, among them “The Vigilantes Return” (1947) starring with Margaret Lindsay, Andy Devine, Jack Lambert and Lane Chandler, “Deputy Marshal” (1949) co-starring Frances Langford, Dick Foran, Julie Bishop, Russell Hayden, Joe Sawyer and Forrest Taylor, and “When the Redskins Rode” (1951) with Mary Castle, James Seay, John Dehner, William Bakewell and Pedro De Cordoba. His popularity in films sort of weaned after the 1940’s though, due to his physique becoming a bit too beefy. He turned to television and landed the main role in the collective series “Ramar of the Jungle” (1952-54) co-starring Ray Montgomery. Some episodes were cut and made into feature films.

Tired and overweight, he never regained fame in his career, though he did appear in some more features like “Hell Ship Mutiny” (1957) co-starring John Carradine, Peter Lorre, Mike Mazurki and Stanley Andrews and “Forbidden Island” (1959) with Nan Adams, John Farrow and Jonathan Haze. He took one last dip into movies when he directed and starred in the cult horror film “The Beach Girls and the Monster” (1965) with Sue Casey and Walker Edmiston.
Unfortunately, he developed bladder cancer and underwent a surgical procedure in 1979, but was forced to retire to his bed. Not wanting to live anymore due to the unbearable pain, Hall shot himself to death in the head on December 13, 1979. He will always have a place in the heart of Hollywood however, as he accumulated two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; one for motion pictures, and another for television.


1965    The Beach Girls and the Monster
1959    Forbidden Island
1957    Hell Ship Mutiny 
1955    Phantom of the Jungle
1955    Thunder Over Sangoland
1953    Eyes of the Jungle
1953    White Goddess
1952    Ramar of the Jungle
1952    Brave Warrior
1952    Last Train From Bombay
1951    China Corsair
1951    Hurricane Island
1951    When the Redskins Rode
1950    On the Isle of Samoa
1949    Deputy Marshal
1949    The Mutineers
1949    Zamba
1948    The Prince of Thieves
1947    Last of the Redmen
1947    Michigan Kid
1947    The Vigilantes Return
1945    Sudan
1945    Men in Her Diary
1944    Gypsy Wildcat
1944    Cobra Woman
1944    Lady in the Dark
1944    Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
1944    The Invisible Man's Revenge
1944    San Diego, I Love You
1943    White Savage
1942    Arabian Nights
1942    Invisible Agent
1942    Eagle Squadron
1942    The Tuttles of Tahiti
1941    Aloma of the South Seas
1940    Sailor's Lady
1940    Kit Carson
1940    South of Pago Pago
1937    The Hurricane
1937    The Girl From Scotland Yard
1937    Mind Your Own Business
1936    Winds of the Wasteland
1936    The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand
1936    The Lion Man
1936    The Mysterious Avenger
1935    Charlie Chan in Shanghai
1935    Here's To Romance
1935    Women Must Dress

Matinee Classics - The Clutching Hand starring Jack Mulhall, Rex Lease, Mae Busch, Ruth Mix, William Farnum, Marion Shilling, Bryant Washburn, Robert Frazer, Gaston Glass, Mahlon Hamilton, Robert Walker, Yakima Canutt, Joseph Girard, Frank Leigh and Jon Hall
Matinee Classics - Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves starring Jon Hall, Maria Montez, Andy Devine and Turhan Bey
Matinee Classics - Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves starring Jon Hall, Maria Montez, Andy Devine and Turhan Bey
Matinee Classics - Ramar of the Jungle starring Jon Hall and Ray Montgomery
Matinee Classics - Ramar of the Jungle starring Jon Hall, Ray Montgomery, James Fairfax, Victor Millan and Nick Stewart
Matinee Classics - Sailor's Lady starring Nancy Kelly, Jon Hall, Joan Davis, Dana Andrews, Mary Nash, Larry 'Buster' Crabbe, Kay Aldridge, Harry Shannon, Wally Vernon, Bruce Hampton, Charles D. Brown, Selmer Jackson, Edgar Dearing, Edmund MacDonald and William B. Davidson
Matinee Classics - The Beach Girls and the Monster starring Jon Hall, Sue Casey, Walker Edmiston, Elaine DuPont, Arnold Lessing, Read Morgan, Carolyn Williamson, Gloria Neil, Kal Roberts, Clyde Adler and Dale Davis

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