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James Hall (actor)

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James Hall
James E. Brown

(1900-10-22)October 22, 1900
DiedJune 7, 1940(1940-06-07) (aged 39)
Years active1923-1932
Spouse(s)Irene Gardner

James Hall (born James E. Brown, October 22, 1900 – June 7, 1940) was an American film actor.


Born in Dallas, Texas,[citation needed] Hall debuted as an actor at age 15 in the Ziegfeld Follies.[1]

Hall began his film career during the silent film era. He made his sound film debut in the 1929 film The Canary Murder Case, opposite William Powell and Louise Brooks.

In 1930, he co-starred in Howard Hughes' epic film, Hell's Angels.[2] His last film role was in the 1932 drama Manhattan Tower. In the following years, he headlined in vaudeville at the Loew's State Theatres in 1932 and 1933 and in such independent stage productions as Ches Davis's 1934 edition of the Chicago Follies and in another show, the Showboat Follies at the Deadwood Theatre in South Dakota (1934).

At the time of his death, he had fallen into obscurity and had been earning his livelihood by performing in small nightclubs and cabarets in New Jersey and New York.


Hall died of cirrhosis on June 7, 1940 in Jersey City, New Jersey, at age 39.[1] He is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, New Jersey.[citation needed]


Poster for The Good Bad Girl (1931)
Poster for The Good Bad Girl (1931)
Year Title Role Notes
1923 Man Alone Caspar Dent
1926 The Campus Flirt Denis Adams Alternative title: The College Flirt
Stranded in Paris Robert Van Wye
1927 Hotel Imperial Lt. Paul Almasy
Love's Greatest Mistake Harvey Gibbs
Señorita Roger Oliveros
Ritzy Harrington Smith, Duke of Westborough
Rolled Stockings Jim Treadway
Swim Girl, Swim Jerry Marvin
Silk Legs Phil Barker
1928 Four Sons Joseph "Dutch" Bernle
The Fifty-Fifty Girl Jim Donahue
Just Married Bob Adams
The Fleet's In Eddie Briggs
1929 The Case of Lena Smith Franz Hofrat
The Canary Murder Case Jimmy Spotswoode
This Is Heaven James Stackpoole
Smiling Irish Eyes Rory O'More
The Saturday Night Kid William Taylor Alternative title: Love 'Em and Leave 'Em
1930 Paramount on Parade Hunter ("Dream Girl" sequence)
Hell's Angels Roy Rutledge
Dangerous Nan McGrew Bob Dawes
Let's Go Native Wally Wendell
Galas de la Paramount Episode 'Dream Girl'
Maybe It's Love Tommy Nelson Alternative title: Eleven Men and a Girl
The Third Alarm Dan
Man to Man Uncredited
Alternative title: Barber John's Boy
Divorce Among Friends George Morris
1931 Millie John "Jack" Maitland
The Lightning Flyer Jimmie Nelson
The She-Wolf David Talbot Alternative titles: Mother's Millions
The She-Wolf of Wall Street
The Good Bad Girl Bob Henderson
Sporting Chance Phillip Lawrence Alternative title: Aventura Hipica
1932 Manhattan Tower Jimmy Duncan (final film role)


  1. ^ a b "James Hall, Film Idol, Cast in 'Hell's Angels'". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. Associated Press. June 8, 1940. p. 9. Retrieved August 19, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  2. ^ "Former Star Dies". The Indianapolis Star. Indiana, Indianapolis. Associated Press. June 8, 1940. p. 8. Retrieved August 19, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access

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