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Jon Hall

(1913-1979)

Hall was the co-star of Maria Montez in the most popular movies in Technicolor which were made between 1942 and 1945. He was born in Fresno, California (USA) on February 23rd, 1913, his real name was Charles Hall Locher, and he began his artistic career in 1935.

In some ocassions he used the name of:

Lloyd Crane

Charles Locher

He was married with Raquel Torres and Frances Langford.

Before working with Maria, he had been the co-star of Dorothy Lamour in The Hurricane. In the 50’s he was the star of a TV series called RAMAR OF THE JUNGLE, after that, he retired of the artistic activities and he became a business man. He killed himself on December 13th, 1979, in North Hollywood, California, USA.

From:
http://us.imdb.com/Bio?Hall,+Jon+(I)

Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA, in the Court of Liberty, same row as Buster Keaton.

To end the weakness and suffering due to cancer of the bladder, Jon Hall shot himself in the head at the age of 66.

Son of actor Felix Locher.

Jon was married three times, two of them to entertainers: singer Frances Langford and actress Raquel Torres. His third wife was a psychiatrist whom he married in 1969. They lived in Los Angeles with her two sons and a daughter.

Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:

Brawny, athletic leading man who was once crowned "the King of Technicolor" (his queen was Maria Montez), Hall started in films as a bit player billed under his own name. The dark-haired, handsome actor worked his way up to substantial roles in Here's to Romance, Charlie Chan in Shanghai (both 1935), The Lion Man and The Mysterious Avenger (both 1936), among others, before being cast as Dorothy Lamour's sarong-clad native lover in John Ford's The Hurricane (1937), a huge success. As Jon Hall, he became a leading man, and freelanced for several studios, appearing in South of Pago Pago, Kit Carson (both 1940), Aloma of the South Seas (1941), and Eagle Squadron (1942), before being paired with exotic Maria Montez in a Technicolor spectacle for Universal, Arabian Nights (1942). Escape-hungry wartime audiences made it a big hit, and Universal kept the Hall-Montez team together in White Savage (1943), Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Cobra Woman, GypsyWildcat (all 1944), and Sudan (1945). When the formula finally petered out, Hall's star began to wane.

He made several Westerns, among them The Vigilantes Return (1947), Deputy Marshal (1949, costarring then-wife Frances Langford), and When the Redskins Rode (1951), before starring as "Ramar of the Jungle" in a 1952-54 syndicated TV series, some episodes of which were cut together and released as feature films. Overweight and lethargic, he never regained his box-office standing, although he did stay in the movie business by renting out some expensive photographic equipment he'd collected over the years. He also directed one film, The Beachgirls and the Monster (1965, aka Monster from the Surf Hall married actress Raquel Torres in 1959, and shot himself to death after spending several months in bed following an operation for bladder cancer.

PICTURES

FILMOGRAPHY

01. Beach Girls and the Monster, The (1965) * As: Dr. Otto Lindsay

02. Forbidden Island (1959) * As: Dave Courtney

03. Hell Ship Mutiny (1957) * As: Captain Knight

04. Phantom of the Jungle (1955) * As: Dr. Tom Reynolds, called "Ramar"

05. Thunder Over Sangoland (1955) * As: Ramar

06. Eyes of the Jungle (1953) * As: Dr. Tom Reynolds, called "Ramar"

07. White Goddess (1953) * As: Dr. Tom Reynolds, called 'Ramar'

08. "Ramar of the Jungle" (1952) Serie Televisiva * As: Dr. Tom Reynolds ("Ramar")

09. Brave Warrior (1952) * As: Steve Ruddell

10. Last Train From Bombay (1952) * As: Martin Viking

11. China Corsair (1951) * As: McMillan

12. Hurricane Island (1951) * As: Capt. Carlos Montalvo

13. When the Redskins Rode (1951) * As: Prince Hannoc

14. On the Isle of Samoa (1950) * As: Kenneth Crandall

15. Deputy Marshal (1949) * As: Ed Garry

16. Mutineers, The (1949) * As: Nick Shaw

17. Zamba (1949) * As: Steve

18. Prince of Thieves, The (1948) * As: Robin Hood

19. Last of the Redmen (1947) * As: Major Heyward

20. Michigan Kid (1947) * As: Michigan Kid

21. Vigilantes Return, The (1947) * As: Johnnie Taggart

22. Sudan (1945) * As: Merab

23. Men in Her Diary (1945) * As: Randolph Glenning

24. Gypsy Wildcat (1944) * As: Michael

25. Cobra Woman (1944) * As: Ramu

26. Lady in the Dark (1944) * As: Randy Curtis

27. Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944) * As: Ali Baba

28. Invisible Man's Revenge, The (1944) * As: Robert Griffin

29. San Diego, I Love You (1944) * As: John Caldwell

30. White Savage (1943) * As: Kaloe

31. Arabian Nights (1942) * As: Haroun-Al-Raschid

32. Invisible Agent (1942) * As: Frank Raymond

33. Eagle Squadron (1942) * As: Hank Starr

34. Tuttles of Tahiti, The (1942) * As: Chester Tuttle

35. Aloma of the South Seas (1941) * As: Tanoa

36. Sailor's Lady (1940) * As: Danny Malone

37. Kit Carson (1940) * As: Kit Carson

38. South of Pago Pago (1940) * As: Kehane

39. Hurricane, The (1937) * As: Terangi

40. Girl From Scotland Yard, The (1937) * As: Bertie

41. Mind Your Own Business (1937)

42. Winds of the Wasteland (1936) (Credited as Charles Locher) * As: Jim

43. Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand, The (1936/II) (as Charles Locher)

44. Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand, The (1936/I) * As: Hobart

45. Lion Man, The (1936) (Credited as Charles Locher) * As: Ed Lion

46. Mysterious Avenger, The (1936) * As: Lafe

47. Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935) (Credited as Charles Locher) * As: Philip Nash

48. Here's To Romance (1935) * As: Chofer

49. Women Must Dress (1935) (Credited as Charles Locher)

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