|The 'brains' and 'action' heavies who had meaty roles and lots of dialog ... and the players who were fathers, ranch owners, lawman, mayors, judges, lawyers, storekeepers, newspaper editors, wardens, etc.|
(From Old Corral image collection)
Henry Leonard Hall
1876 - 1954
Henry Leonard Hall was born in Missouri in 1876. Hall was in his early twenties at the time of the 1900 census. He was living in Chicago and beginning a several decade career working in traveling repertory companies and stock theater. He was in New York City doing stage plays circa 1901-1912. Newspaper articles from 1914-1915 have him performing with the Bainbridge Players in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1914; with the Temple Players in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1914; and in 1915, he became the leading man and director of the Baker Players in Spokane, Washington.
Hall's Hollywood career spanned 20+ years, from the late 1920s through 1950. He did a mix of credited and uncredited roles, and most often appeared as a lawman, politician, doctor, banker, cavalry officer, judge, rancher ... and father of the heroine. His last movie work occurred in 1950. Les Adams has Hall identified in about 200 sound films, and that number includes about 83 westerns and 14 serials.
Hall had suffered with heart problems for years and had surgery in 1953 for prostate cancer. He passed away on December 11, 1954 at the Motion Picture Hospital in Woodland Hills, California.
Although some of the data may be incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has information on Henry Hall: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0355642
The Internet Broadway database has Henry Hall/Henry L. Hall doing five plays in New York City during 1901-1912:
It's always interesting to click through newspaper headlines and clippings at the Google newspaper archives. While some of the articles are free, many go to newspaper websites where you have to pay to retrieve the full article. The following free articles include Henry Hall biographical details from 1914-1915. These indicate he was working with the Bainbridge Players in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1914; with the Temple Players in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1914; and he became the leading man and director of the Baker Players in Spokane, Washington in 1915:
The Family Search website (free), Ancestry.com (subscription), the California Death Records database, several newspapers and the death certificate provide more on Henry Hall:
Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has a picture of the grave marker for Henry Leonard Hall who is interred at Mount Mora Cemetery, Saint Joseph, Missouri (in the family plot along with many other Hall Family members): http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=HALL&GSpartial=1&GSbyrel=all&GSst=26&GScntry=4&GSsr=3001&GRid=49960902&
Henry Hall's father, John Nathaniel Hall: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=49960664
Henry Hall's mother, Anna Victoria Leonard Hall: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=49960635
(From Old Corral image collection)
Cavalry officer Tim McCoy is being busted from the service in this scene from END OF THE TRAIL (Columbia, 1932). Likable Lafe McKee is on the left, and doing the "busting" is Wheeler Oakman, the real baddie in the story. The man between Oakman and McCoy is Henry Hall. The bald headed player is unidentified.
(Courtesy of Les Adams)
From left to right are Andy Clyde, Chief Thunder Cloud (Victor Daniels), William Boyd, Henry Hall, Eleanor Stewart and Russell Hayden in a still from the Hopalong Cassidy oater PIRATES ON HORSEBACK (Harry Sherman Prod/Paramount, 1941). This was one of many lawman roles for Henry Hall.