biographyBorn in Van Nuys, California, on December 2, 1943, Arch Hall Jr. was still a teenager when he starred in his first film, The Choppers (1961; with Marianne Gaba and Bruno VeSota). From 1961 to 1965, Arch Hall Jr., along with his producer dad Arch Hall Sr., made a handful of exploitative but nonetheless successful drive-in flicks on practically nonexistent budgets. The senior Hall released his films through his own Fairway-International Productions and sometimes served as Junior's director and co-star.
Wild Guitar (1962; with Nancy Czar and Ray Dennis Steckler) was an early Fairway International production directed by Ray Dennis Steckler (aka Cash Flagg), who directed and starred in such features as the 1963 film The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies. Arch Hall Sr. wanted his son to become a singing, acting teen idol, much like Frankie Avalon or Ricky Nelson. Therefore, Arch Hall Jr. sings in nearly one every of his films, and he often wrote his own songs.
Eegah! (1962; with Richard Kiel) was directed by the senior Hall on a budget of about $15,000---an amazingly low budget for a color film even by 1962 standards. Portions of the dialogue was lost during filming, so some scenes are dubbed. By the time Arch Hall Sr. passed away in April 1978, the film had grossed more than $1 million. The movie's cast includes Richard Kiel (later of Moonraker fame) and Marilyn Manning who, along with Arch Jr., was in many Fairway's productions. In 1993, Eegah! was featured in an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
the films of arch hall jr.
The Choppers (1961)
Arch Hall Jr. portrays hot-rodder 'Cruiser' in The Choppers. LEFT: With Bruno VeSota. RIGHT: Cruiser in his rod
Wild Guitar (1962)
The Sadist (1963)
LEFT and CENTER: Arch Hall makes a convincing case for himself as an actor in The Sadist. RIGHT: Poster for The Sadist. The Sadist was a departure for Arch Hall Jr. No guitars or singing this time out; rather, Hall portrays Charlie Tibbs, a homicidal maniac. Hall's performance is unrestrained but otherwise excellent. Charlie murders two teachers, two cops, and a member of his own gang before being killed by a fall into a snake pit
arch hall jr. todayBy the mid 1960s, Arch Hall Jr. called an end to his film career, switching his focus to music. However, by the late 1960s, Hall had become a pilot. Now in his 60s, Hall is an accomplished pilot and world traveler. The father of three children and now a grandfather, he lives in Florida and still enjoys playing the guitar. Hall has also taken up writing and recently published The Apsara Jet, written under the pen-name "Nicolas Merriweather," a pseudonym his father once used. The book has received great reviews.
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Deadwood '76 (1965) with Liz Renay and Robert Dix
The Nasty Rabbit (1964) with Liz Renay and Richard Kiel; featuring songs written by Arch Hall Jr. and Pat and Lolly Vegas
The Sadist (1963) with Marilyn Manning and Richard Alden
Eegah! (1962) with Marilyn Manning and Richard Kiel
Wild Guitar (1962) with Nancy Czar and Cash Flagg (aka Ray Dennis Steckler) and featuring songs written by Arch Hall Jr. and Alan O'Day
The Choppers (1961) with Marianne Gaba and Bruno Ve Sota
arch hall jr. linksThe Official Arch Hall Jr. Website
Visit Arch Hall Jr's official site for a biography, merchandise, a listing of personal appearances, and much more!
The Arch Hall Jr. Chatgroup!
This is the one and only place on the web to exclusively discuss the great works of Arch Hall Jr. From the late 1950s till the mid-60s, Arch Hall Sr's Rushmore Productions and Fairway Films produced films starring his son Arch Hall Jr.
arch hall jr. film now showingWatch Arch Hall Jr's 1962 horror film Eegah!
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