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William "Bill" Hall

William "Bill" Hall



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Cast (feature film)

The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) as Bill
A circus ringmaster and an egotistical trapeze artist vie for the love of a pretty acrobat.
Show Boat (1951) as Bouncer
Riverboat entertainers find love, laughs and hardships as they sail along "Old Man River."
Annie Get Your Gun (1950) as Tall man
Fanciful musical biography of wild West sharpshooter Annie Oakley.
Samson and Delilah (1950) as Philistine captain
Epic re-telling of the story of the Biblical strongman laid low by love.
Samson and Delilah (1950) as Captain
Epic re-telling of the story of the Biblical strongman laid low by love.
Red, Hot and Blue (1949) as Kowalski
An actress''''s rising career is threatened when she finds a dead gangster in her apartment.
The Stratton Story (1949) as Ball player with Bill Dickey
True story of Monty Stratton, the baseball star who fought to continue his career after losing a leg.
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) as Mover
A woman's lifelong love for a callous concert pianist leads to tragedy.
The Hunted (1948) as Bus driver
A police detective investigating a jewel robbery discovers evidence that points to his girlfriend as the culprit, although she claims she was framed.
Alias a Gentleman (1948) as Hendricks
An aging convict tries to keep his daughter from following in his footsteps.
Hazard (1948) as Doorman
A Southern Yankee (1948) as Sentry
A bellboy masquerades as a spy and lands behind enemy lines during the Civil War.
Web of Danger (1947) as Slim
Unconquered (1947) as Corporal
An English convict girl sent to the colonies gets mixed up in the war with the Indians.
California (1947) as
"Wicked" Lily Bishop joins a wagon train to California, led by Michael Fabian and Johnnny Trumbo, but news of the Gold Rush scatters the train. When Johnny and Michael finally arrive, Lily is rich from her saloon and storekeeper (former slaver) Pharaoh Coffin is bleeding the miners dry. But worse troubles are ahead: California is inching toward statehood, and certain people want to make it their private empire.
Suddenly, It's Spring (1947) as M.P. in phone booth
A WAC officer returns from the war to find her husband wants a divorce.
The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947) as Anthony Herman
A teenage girl's crush on a playboy spells trouble, particularly when he falls for her older sister.
Lady Luck (1946) as Big man
A woman from a family of gamblers marries one and tries to reform him.
The Time of Their Lives (1946) as Conners
Two ghosts from the Revolutionary War haunt a house until they can clear their names of treason charges.
The Harvey Girls (1946) as Big Joe
Straitlaced waitresses battle saloon girls to win the West for domesticity.
Holiday in Mexico (1946) as Naval attache
An ambassador''''s daughter falls for a famous musician.
What Next, Corporal Hargrove? (1945) as Military police officer
A bumbling soldier and his scheming friend take France by storm.
She Gets Her Man (1945) as Policeman
Scarlet Street (1945) as Policeman
A middle aged wouldbe painter falls into the clutches of an unscrupulous woman.
Bring on the Girls (1945) as Sailor
The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945) as Moving man
Bachelor Harry Quincey, head designer in a small-town cloth factory, lives with his selfish sisters, glamorous hypochondriac Lettie and querulous widow Hester. His developing relationship with new colleague Deborah Brown promises happiness at last...thwarted by passive, then increasingly active opposition from one sister. Will Harry resort to desperate measures?
Shady Lady (1945) as Clarence
Week-End at the Waldorf (1945) as Cassidy, a doorman
In this remake of Grand Hotel, guests at a New York hotel fight to survive personal tragedy.
The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944) as Navigator
A Navy doctor fights to help wounded sailors escape the Japanese during World War II.
The Unwritten Code (1944) as Sentry
The Fighting Seabees (1944) as Swede
World War II construction workers have to fight the enemy to get the job done.
The Impatient Years (1944) as M.P.
A feuding couple re-creates their courtship in hopes of falling back in love.
The Missing Juror (1944) as Ganett
A detective tries to stop whomever is murdering the jurors on a notorious murder case.
Maisie Goes to Reno (1944) as Marine
On a trip to Reno, a Brooklyn showgirl tries to stop a soldier and his wife from divorcing.
I Love a Soldier (1944) as Big sailor
During World War II in San Francisco, Eve Morgan and her single girlfriends spend their days welding ships and their nights dancing with soldiers and sailors shipping out that night. Eve is determined to avoid any romantic entanglements until the war is over she refuses to spend her days and nights worrying about getting bad news about a man she has fallen for. But she doesn't count on meeting a soldier who is determined to change her mind.
Destiny (1944) as Policeman
Wrecking Crew (1942) as Red
Mug Town (1942) as Bouncer
Timber (1942) as Bill Cormack
Life with Henry (1941) as Ticket taker
Young Henry Aldrich would like to "win" a trip to Alaska. But in order to participate, he first has to put up $100. The whole matter sounds awfully fishy. Henry and his pal Dizzy go into the soap business. Their attempt to raise money turns into a disaster when they get the soap formula wrong. But the Alaska trip is really on the level. It's been organized by Sylvanus Q. Sattherwaite, businessman and philanthropist. But Henry still doesn't have the money...
Harmon of Michigan (1941) as Jimmy Wayburn
Tom Harmon (ol' # 98 for the Michigan Wolverines, husband of actress Elyse Knox and father of Mark Harmon and Kelly Harmon)took a back seat to no one on the football field (except the Minnesota Gophers) or, later, in the broadcast booth, but, on film, he managed to find himself in two of the all-time bad sports movies..."The Spirit of West Point" and "Harmon of Michigan." The latter, if it had been a true-life biography of Tom Harmon, might have made a passable film but after a short prologue, narrated by sports writer Bill Henry who is not the same as actor William Henry, that semi-recaps Harmon's football-playing days at the University of Michigan, it quickly develops into a mess that indicates the director and writers used the technical adviser, Coach Jeff Cravath, only to put plays on the blackboard. Once Harmon,(supposedly playing himself but the character he plays here has more character flaws than the law allows), graduates from Michigan, he marries his college sweetheart Peggy Adams (Anita Louise), turns up his nose at the prospect of playing professional football---a poor-paying and not-that-well respected job in 1941---and starts a vagabond tour of coaching tank-water colleges. Authenicity went out the window when the narration ended, as did any kind of time tracking, as everything that follows seems to happen in a single football season. Tom takes an assistant coach job at a cow-pasture college under Jimmy Wayburn (William Hall) and lasts one day before Wayburn fires him. Then he signs to play for a College All-Star team doing exhibition games against pro teams, but his team-mates, hacked because Tom gets star billing, lay down on him and he gets smacked down hard on every play. One of the leaders willing to let Harmon get slaughtered is old Michigan teammate Forrest Evashevski (playing himself), a life-long friend in real life and Godfather to Mark Harmon and a long-time respected coach at the University of Iowa. Harmon wins the game by himself, but decides this isn't his cup of tea. He hangs around the house a few weeks, then gets a job as an assistant under old-time coach Pop Branch at a college that has three buidings on campus and a football stadium seating 100,000 fans. He helps Pop win a few games (still ticking along in what appears to be the same fall football season), but the alumni at Webster College are tired of losing, fire their coach and hire Harmon away from Pop. Harmon takes over the Webster team in mid-season and becomes the all-time example of a hard-ass coach willing to win at any cost, including installing a screen-pass play that depends on an illegal blcoking scheme---the Flying Wedge---to make it work. His Webster team begins to thump their opponents by large scores, usually leaving the other team battered and bloodied by the use of the illegal blocking scheme. They win four or five games which, based on the writers time scheme, would have them playing 20 games a season in what was then a nine-and-ten game season. Plus, the press and other coaches around and about, are up in arms about Harmon's tatics, but the jerks refereeing the games evidently haven't read the rule book nor the newspapers and throw no penalty flags against his team. Well, one referee does once, but he never officiated nor had lunch in that town again. It, by any reasonable calendar must now be July of the next year in a season that should have ended in December, and hard-case Harmon's team is going up against Pop's team (where Harmon coached earlier in this never-ending season) and Pop drops by and tells Tom he ain't all that fond of Tom's coaching methods, but Tom poo-pahs him off, and then sends his team out and they gleefully dismantle Pop's fair-playing team by 109-0. But Webster's quarterback Freddie Davis (Stanley Brown) suffers a concussion running a play Harmon calls just to run up the score even higher---Harmon evidently didn't read the script because nobody using their own name would want this character perceived
The Officer and the Lady (1941) as Dawson
Buck Privates (1941) as Corporal
Two small-time con artists enlist in the Army to avoid the police.
Flying Blind (1941) as Lew West
A spy steals a secret military device, then hijacks an airliner to get away. The airliner crashes in the wilderness & the survivors are threatened by a raging forest fire.
Man Made Monster (1941) as Dynamo operator
Las Vegas Nights--"The Last Frontier Town" (1941) as Cowboy, exterior bank
A vaudeville act tries to turn a broken-down house into a posh nightclub.
Hold That Woman! (1940) as [John] Jack Lawrence
Captain Fury (1939) as Guard
An Irish convict escapes an Australian prison to organize a revolution.
In Old Monterey (1939) as Gilman
The Army wants the ranchers land and the Borax plant for their maneuvers. Stevenson is dissatisfied with their offer for the plant and has his men blowing up ranches making it look like the work of the Army. He hopes when the ranchers rebel the Army will raise their bid to avoid trouble. Gene has been sent to investigate but the eviction day has arrived and the ranchers prepare to fight the Army.
The Amazing Mr. Williams (1939) as Jamieson
The mayor's secretary competes with her homicide detective fiancé's devotion to his job.
The Spy Ring (1938) as Captain Todd Hayden
The absence of stagecoaches and covered wagons didn't keep director Joseph H. "Wagon Wheel" Lewis from employing his usual camera set-ups of shooting scenes from behind and through various props and fixtures, and the inclusion of a polo game enabled him to get his usual "hitching post" shot, in addition to shooting over and through automobile hood ornaments, champange bottles, baloons and mirror reflections. The soure that dubbed this one in the "musical" genre obviously never saw the film, as there are no songs and only a rinky-dink piece of music used at the Officer's Club dance. This one is about a gang of independent spys after a cigar-shaped device that guarantees accuracy on artillery and large weapons. The spys are headed by Paul Douglas (LeRoy Mason), Jean Bruce (Esther Ralston billed as Jane Carleton) and Frank Denton (Leon Ames), while Captain Todd Hayden (William Hall, in one of his rare starring roles and actually solo- billed above the title) is the protector of the device, and in love with the Colonel's daughter, Elaine Burdette (Jane Wyman, at the peak of her cute, bubbly and pouty stage.) Most of the action is placed at the Presido in Montery and most of it revolves around the outcome of a polo match between the Cavalry team and a civilian team called "The Rainbows", which star player Hayden has to throw in order to catch the spys.
Windjammer (1937) as Captain Morgan
The fourth and last of the George A. Hirliman-produced films starring George O'Brien (preceded by "Daniel Boone", "Park Avenue Logger" and "Hollywood Cowboy") that were distributed by RKO Radio. Hirliman sold O'Brien's contract to RKO, which then produced 18 series westerns starring O'Brien that ended when O'Brien went into the Navy at the outbreak of WW II. Long-time (past and future) O'Brien director David Howard served as Hirliman's Associate Producer on this film. "Windjammer" finds O'Brien as a subpoena server ordered to serve a subpoena on Brandon Evans (The Commondore) for a senate inquiry or lose his job. Posing as a playboy, he boards the Commondore's yacht during a yacht race, and the yacht is wrecked by a gun-running windjammer commanded by Captain Morgan (William Hall.) All hands are picked up by the windjammer, including the Commondore's daughter (played by Constance Worth, at her blonde, plumpish best) and put to work as galley slaves and such, but it isn't long before O'Brien starts knocking heads, and making the gun-runners wish they had left him swimming.
Oh, Doctor (1937) as Rodney Cummings
Escape by Night (1937) as Nick [Allen]
The Magnificent Brute (1936) as Bill Morgan
Flying Hostess (1936) as Jimmy Edwards
Postal Inspector (1936) as Roach

Art Department (feature film)

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Film Production - Main (feature film)

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