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Born Charles Locher in Fresno, California, on February 26, 1915, matinee idol Jon Hall used his real name in his early film appearances, but with the production of his first important film The Hurricane (1937; with Dorothy Lamour), he changed it to Jon Hall. In June 1938, Hall married popular radio singer Frances Langford. In the early 1940s, Hall's career took off at Universal; he starred alongside Maria Montez in six Technicolor fantasies, including Arabian Nights (1942; Universal's first three-strip Technicolor production), White Savage (1943), and Cobra Woman (1944). Wildly popular with war-weary audiences, the press dubbed Hall and Maria Montez the King and Queen of Technicolor.

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LEFT and CENTER A: Beefcake photos of Jon Hall. CENTER B: With first wife Frances Langford at Ciros in 1954. RIGHT: Being interviewed by William Lundigan during a film premiere in the 1940s

Although induction into the Army threatened to derail Hall's career momentum, he was discharged after six months due to gall bladder problems. Unfortunately, much like old Technicolor stock, after the end of World War II Hall's career began to fade, along with that of Maria Montez. Similar fates were suffered by many other wartime stars. Nonetheless, he continued to work, mostly in westerns and jungle adventure films. From 1952 to 1954, he starred in the syndicated TV series Ramar of the Jungle, which proved very popular with children. In addition to owning the show, Hall also profited from prolific merchandising. Several Ramar films followed, which were merely spliced episodes of the series. After the show ended, Hall concentrated on business interests rather than acting.

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The Lion Man (1936) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Jon Hall

From the low-budget adventure The Lion Man

The Hurricane (1937)

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LEFT: Hall as Terangi in the action romance The Hurricane, perhaps Hall's best film. CENTER and RIGHT: With Dorothy Lamour

South of Pago Pago (1940)

Olympe Bradna, Jon Hall, and Victor McLaglen

With Olympe Bradna and Victor McLaglen in the adventure South of Pago Pago

Kit Carson (1940) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Dana Andrews, Lynn Bari, and Jon Hall

From the United Artists western Kit Carson with Dana Andrews and Lynn Bari

Arabian Nights (1942) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Jon Hall and Maria Montez

With frequent co-star Maria Montez in Arabian Nights, the first of their six films together

White Savage (1943)

Jon Hall and Maria Montez

Again with Maria Montez in White Savage

Cobra Woman (1944)

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LEFT: With Mary Nash in Universal's colorful adventure Cobra Woman. RIGHT: With Maria Montez

Lady in the Dark (1944)

Jon Hall

From the Paramount comedy Lady in the Dark

The Vigilantes Return (1947)

Jon Hall and Margaret Lindsay

With Margaret Lindsay in the Universal western The Vigilantes Return

The Prince of Thieves (1948) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Jon Hall and Patricia Morison

From the Columbia Robin Hood adventure The Prince of Thieves with Patricia Morison

The Mutineers (1949)

Jon Hall and Adele Jergens

With Adele Jergens in The Mutineers

Zamba (1949)

Jon Hall and George Cooper

With George Cooper in Zamba

On the Isle of Samoa (1950)

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From the adventure flick On the Isle of Samoa. LEFT: With Susan Cabot. RIGHT: With Susan Cabot and Raymond Greenleaf

Hurricane Island (1951)

Jon Hall and Marie Windsor

With Marie Windsor in Hurricane Island

Last Train from Bombay (1952)

Jon Hall

From the Columbia adventure Last Train from Bombay

Hell Ship Mutiny (1957) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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LEFT: From Hall's underwater adventure Hell Ship Mutiny. Production of this film benefited from the use of Hall's underwater cameras, which he often leased to studios. CENTER and RIGHT: With Peter Lorre

The Beach Girls and the Monster (1965) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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From Hall's last film, The Beach Girls and the Monster

later years

Hall's marriage to singer Frances Langford ended in 1955 after 17 years of marriage, yet they parted friends. After the cancellation of his TV series Ramar of the Jungle, Hall put his film career on the back burner, focusing instead on his photographic equipment business that specialized in underwater cameras. His business venture proved very successful, as he rented underwater equipment to film studios and occasionally supervised underwater sequences. Hall considered marrying starlet Carol Brewster in the late 1950s, but in February 1959, he married the beautiful 1930s Mexican actress Raquel Torres, who was the widow of producer Stephen Ames. The couple later divorced only to remarry and divorce again. In 1964, he began production on his final film, The Beach Girls and the Monster, a film in which he acted and also is credited with directing. By the late 1970s, Hall was suffering from bladder cancer; to end his pain, he took his own life in Sherman Oaks with a single gun shot to the head on December 15, 1979, at the age of 64. He was survived by his sister, with whom he was living.

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TELEVISION
Ramar Of The Jungle, Vol. 1 [DVD] DVD
Includes "Dark Venture," "Voice of the Past," "King of the Watus" and "Lady of the Leopards." 95 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Ramar Of The Jungle, Vol. 2 [DVD] DVD
Includes "Mark of the Bola," "Idol Voodoo," "Curse of the Devil Doll," and "Savage Challenge." 104 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English; Plays All Regions.
Ramar Of The Jungle, Vol. 3 [DVD] DVD
Includes "The Mark of Shaitan," "The Hidden Treasure," "The Bride of the Idol," and "The Crocodile God of Kaa." 108 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Ramar Of The Jungle, Vol. 4 [DVD] DVD
Includes "The Tiger's Claw," "The Devil Soul," "Urn of Destiny," and "The Forbidden Village." 106 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Ramar Of The Jungle, Vol. 5 [DVD] DVD
Includes "Zombie Terror," "White Man's Magic," "The Golden Tablet," and "The Flaming Mountain." 105 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Ramar Of The Jungle, Vol. 6 [DVD] DVD
Includes "Drums of the Jungle," "Danger in Disguise," "White Savages," and "Trail to Danger." 105 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Ramar Of The Jungle, Vol. 7 [DVD] DVD
Includes the series's premiere episode, "Evil Trek," along with "Contraband," "Jungle Terror," and "Striped Fury." 103 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Ramar Of The Jungle, Vol. 8 [DVD] DVD
Includes "The Blue Treasure," "The Sacred Monkey," "Tribal Feud," and "The Doomed Safari." 103 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Ramar Of The Jungle, Vol. 9 [DVD] DVD
Includes "The Voice in the Sky," "The Unknown Terror," "The Mystic Pawn," and "The Road of No Return." 105 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Ramar Of The Jungle, Vol. 10 [DVD] DVD
Includes "Call to Danger," "Blind Peril," "Drums of Doom," and "Evil Strangers." 103 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Ramar Of The Jungle, Vol. 11 [DVD] DVD
Includes "Jungle Treasure," "Thunder Over Sangoland," "Savage Fury," and "Dark Justice." 103 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Ramar Of The Jungle, Vols. 1-11/Ramar And The Jungle Voodoo [DVD] DVD
Twelve-disc set includes 44 episodes and the feature film "Ramar and the Jungle Voodoo" (1964).
Sky King/Ramar Of The Jungle [DVD] DVD
Two action heroes from TV's early days are featured in this two-disc boxed set. First, fly into adventure with Arizona rancher Kirby Grant as the Cessna-piloting "Sky King" in four episodes: "A Dog Named Barney," "Bullet Bait," "Sky Robbers," and "Wild Man." Next, Jon Hall stars as Dr. Tom Reynolds, whose practice was the heart of the African jungle, in 12 "Ramar" thrillers, including "Golden Tablet," "Drums of Doom," "White Man's Magic," "Voice of the Past," and "Mark of the Bola." 7 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
TV Classics (Six-DVD Set) [DVD] DVD
Six-disc set of television favorites includes "The Adventures of Fu Manchu, Vol. 1," "Dragnet, Vol. 1," "Flash Gordon, Vol. 1," "The Lone Ranger, Vol. 1," "Ramar of the Jungle, Vol. 1," and "Rocky Jones, Space Ranger: Crash of the Moons."
Perry Mason: 50th Anniversary Edition [DVD] DVD
Twelve of the series's best episodes--including "The Case of the Wary Wildcatter," "The Case of the Treacherous Toupee," "The Case of the Counterfeit Crank," "The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe," and "The Case of the Final Fade-Out"--have been collected in this four-disc set. Also included is "Perry Mason Returns" (1985), the TV movie that finds the legal eagle (Raymond Burr), now a judge, stepping down from the bench to defend former secretary Della Street (Barbara Hale) when she's accused of murder. 12 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; featurette; interviews; photo gallery; TV spots; screen tests; more.

FILM
Charlie Chan, Vol. 1 [DVD] DVD
Hollywood's favorite Asian sleuth (Warner Oland) is on hand for this collection of perplexing mysteries. "Charlie Chan in London" (1934) finds Chan teaming up with a Scotland Yard detective (who insists on calling him "Mr. Chang") in order to solve a murder at an English estate. E.E. Clive, Ray Milland co-star. Chan tracks down a gang of counterfeiters operating in the maze of sewers beneath the City of Lights, in "Charlie Chan in Paris" (1935). With Keye Luke as #1 son, Lee. "Charlie Chan in Egypt" (1935) chronicles a case involving the murders of the supposedly cursed members of an archeological expedition. Rita Hayworth and Stepin Fetchit also star. While working for the Chinese government, Charlie is abducted by the opium ring he's investigating, in "Charlie Chan in Shanghai" (1935). Luke co-stars. Also includes "Eran Trece" (1931), a Spanish-language version of "Charlie Chan Carries On," with Manuel Arbo as Charlie. 6 1/4 hrs. total on four discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; featurettes; theatrical trailers.
The Clutching Hand [DVD](1936) DVD
Craig Kennedy, super detective, is out to get "the Clutching Hand," a fiend who has stolen a formula that will turn metal into gold. With Jack Mulhall. 15 chapters; 330 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
The Lion Man [DVD](1936) DVD
Raised in the jungle by a holy man after his father's caravan is slaughtered by an evil Arabian leader, a young man tries to avenge the death by protecting other caravans which may meet a similar fate. Known as "El L'ion," he eventually falls in love with the daughter of a sheik whom he has rescued. Jon Hall (billed as Charles Loucher), Kathleen Burke star. 62 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Winds Of The Wasteland [DVD](1936) DVD
John Wayne and partner Lane Chandler leave villain Yakima Canutt in a trail of dust in a race by stagecoach to Sacramento to win a $25,000 government mail contract. The final entry in the first series of westerns the Duke made for RKO co-stars Phyllis Fraser, Douglas Cosgrove. 55 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Kit Carson [DVD](1940) DVD
Mixing fact and fiction, this fine frontier saga stars Jon Hall as the famed 1800s wilderness scout. Teaming with Army officer John C. Fremont (Dana Andrews) to lead a wagon train caravan of settlers across the plains to California, Carson must help them battle the elements and hostile Indians, even as he and Fremont vie for the hand of a pretty homesteader (Lynn Bari). With Ward Bond, C. Henry Gordon. 97 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English.
Arabian Nights [DVD](1942) DVD
A dazzling spectacle, loosely based on the famous 19th-century fables, focusing on the battle between two brothers over their late father's throne. Evil brother Leif Erickson nearly kills sibling Jon Hall in a fight, but sultry dancing girl Maria Montez nurses the fallen brother back to health. With help from best friend Sabu, an aging Sinbad (Shemp Howard) and Aladdin (John Qualen), Hall sets out to regain his rightful position. 87 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French; theatrical trailer.
Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection [DVD] DVD
21-disc set includes "Dracula: Complete Legacy Collection," "Frankenstein: Complete Legacy Collection," "The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection," "The Mummy: Complete Legacy Collection," "The Invisible Man: Complete Legacy Collection," "Creature from the Black Lagoon: Complete Legacy Collection," and "The Phantom of the Opera" (1943).
The Invisible Man: Complete Legacy Collection [DVD] DVD
"The Invisible Man Returns" (1940) in the guise of Vincent Price as he attempts to clear his name. Nan Grey, Cedric Hardwicke co-star. Then, scientist John Barrymore turns Virginia Bruce into "The Invisible Woman" (1940), featuring Shemp Howard; and the "Invisible Agent" (1942) tries to stop a Nazi plot. Jon Hall, Peter Lorre star. Next, it's "The Invisible Man's Revenge" (1944) when fugitive Hall terrorizes a rich couple. John Carradine, Leon Errol co-star. Three-disc set also includes "The Invisible Man" (1933) and "Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man."
Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves [DVD](1944) DVD
Lavish adventure starring Jon Hall as the title character, the son of the murdered Caliph of Baghdad who is adopted by a band of thieves opposing an evil Mongol leader. Ali falls in love with the beautiful daughter (Maria Montez) of the tyrant's traitorous advisor, while trying to regain his father's throne and the empire's fortunes. With Turhan Bey, Kurt Katch, Andy Devine. 87 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish.
The Prince Of Thieves [DVD](1948) DVD
Famed do-gooder Robin Hood (Jon Hall) is called into swashbuckling action once more when Lady Marian (Patricia Morison) entreats him to come to the rescue of her brother (Michael Duane)and his betrothed, Lady Christabel (Adele Jergens). Will Lady Christabel be forced to marry against her will? Can Friar Tuck (Alan Mowbray) help Robin save the day? Find out in this thrilling action spectacle. With H.B. Warner, Lowell Gilmore. 72 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH).
Darn Good Westerns, Vol. 2 [DVD] DVD
First, Jon Hall is a "Deputy Marshal" (1949) pitted against crooked landgrabbers preying on farmers. With Frances Langford, Russell Hayden. Accused of crimes they didn't commit, brothers Jim Davis, Jim Latimer, and Preston Foster become "Three Desperate Men" (1951) as they fight to clear their names. Monte Blue, Virginia Grey co-star. A gals-only frontier town is the unique setting for trouble when some male visitors arrive in "Outlaw Women" (1952), with Marie and Jackie Coogan. Deputy Sterling Hayden uses a sawed-off "Shotgun" (1955) in his search for a marshal's killer. Yvonne DeCarlo, Zachary Scott also star. Wild West lawmen Dane Clark and James Craig must find out who's been smuggling guns to rampaging Yaqui Indians in order to prevent a "Massacre" (1956). And fugitive Craig needs the help of "Four Fast Guns" (1959)--including his own brother--to clean up the lawless town of Purgatory. Brett Halsey, Martha Vickers, and Edgar Buchanan co-star. 7 3/4 hrs. total on two discs. Standard/Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; interview; theatrical trailers.
Brave Warrior [DVD](1952) DVD
The Indiana Territory, 1811: In order to head off a British alliance with the Shawnee, a U.S. envoy (Jon Hall) is sent to attempt and broker a peace with Tecumseh (Jay Silverheels), who'd been his friend since boyhood. However, the chieftain's covetous brother Tenskwatawa (Michael Ansara) has other ideas, making the battle at Tippecanoe inevitable. Historical actioner co-stars Christine Larson, James Seay. 73 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Hell Ship Mutiny [DVD](1957) DVD
Action and danger in the beautiful South Pacific, as a seafaring adventurer named Captain Knight (Jon Hall) helps the residents of an island paradise overthrow the despotic rule of two foreigners searching for a fortune in pearls. John Carradine, Mike Mazurki and Peter Lorre also star. 65 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Ramar And The Jungle Voodoo [DVD](1964) DVD
Culled from the episodes "The Doomed Safari," "The Mask of Kreenah," "Danger in Disguise," and "Contraband," this feature-length "Ramar of the Jungle" adventure has Dr. Tom Reynolds and Professor Howard Ogden attempting to develop new medical treatments in the heart of Africa. Along the way, they try to keep peace with the natives as they are thrust into an unforgettable adventure. Jon Hall, Ray Montgomery star. 105 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
The Beach Girls And The Monster [DVD](1965) DVD
Sure, the title says it all, but you'll want to see this one anyway: for the seaweed-covered, pinhead creature messing up tan lines on the beaches, for a son telling his scientist father, ``there's more to life than test tubes and fish,'' and for a scorching Frank Sinatra, Jr. bongo score. Jon Hall stars. 70 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; theatrical trailer; photo gallery; more.
The Beast Box [DVD] DVD
Three-disc collector's set includes "Bride of the Gorilla," "Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla" and "The Beach Girls and the Monster."

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filmography

The Beach Girls and the Monster (1965) with Sue Casey and Walker Edmiston; Hall is credited as director
Forbidden Island (1959) with John Farrow and Jonathan Haze
Hell Ship Mutiny (1957) with John Carradine, Peter Lorre, and Peter Coe
Thunder Over Sangoland (1955) with Marjorie Lord and Myron Healey
Phantom of the Jungle (1955) with Anne Gwynne
Eyes of the Jungle (1953)
White Goddess (1953)
Last Train From Bombay (1952) with Donna Martell
Brave Warrior (1952) with Jay Silverheels and Michael Ansara
China Corsair (1951) with Ernest Borgnine
Hurricane Island (1951) with Marie Windsor and Lyle Talbot
When the Redskins Rode (1951) with Mary Castle
On the Isle of Samoa (1950) with Susan Cabot
Zamba (1949) with June Vincent, George O'Hanlon, Beau Bridges, and Ray 'Crash' Corrigan
Deputy Marshal (1949) with Frances Langford and Dick Foran
The Mutineers (1949) with Adele Jergens, George Reeves, and Lyle Talbot
The Prince of Thieves (1948) with Adele Jergens
Last of the Redmen (1947) with Buster Crabbe and Evelyn Ankers
The Vigilantes Return (1947) with Andy Devine
The Michigan Kid (1947) with Victor McLaglen and Andy Devine
Men in Her Diary (1945) with Louise Allbritton and Peggy Ryan
Sudan (1945) with Maria Montez, Turhan Bey, and Andy Devine
San Diego I Love You (1944) with Louise Allbritton
Gypsy Wildcat (1944) with Maria Montez and Peter Coe
The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944) with Evelyn Ankers, John Carradine, and Leon Errol
Cobra Woman (1944) with Maria Montez, Lon Chaney Jr., and Sabu
Lady in the Dark (1944) with Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944) with Maria Montez, Turhan Bey, and Andy Devine
White Savage (1943) with Maria Montez, Turhan Bey, and Sabu
The Tuttles of Tahiti (1942) with Charles Laughton
Arabian Nights (1942) with Maria Montez, Turhan Bey, and Sabu
Invisible Agent (1942) with Ilona Massey and Peter Lorre
Aloma of the South Seas (1941) with Dorothy Lamour
Eagle Squadron (1941) with Robert Stack and Evelyn Ankers
Kit Carson (1940) with Lynn Bari, Clayton Moore, and Dana Andrews
South of Pago Pago (1940) with Frances Farmer
Sailor's Lady (1940) with Joan Davis, Dana Andrews, and Buster Crabbe
The Hurricane (1937) with Dorothy Lamour, Mary Astor, and John Carradine
The Girl From Scotland Yard (1937)
The Lion Man (1936)
Mind Your Own Business (1936) with Lyle Talbot
Winds of the Wasteland (1936) with John Wayne, Lane Chandler, and Phyllis Cerf
The Clutching Hand (1936) with Jack Mulhall and Mae Busch
The Mysterious Avenger (1936) with Charles Starrett and Roy Rogers
Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935) with Warner Oland and Irene Hervey
Women Must Dress (1935) with Minna Gombell and Arthur Lake

TELEVISION SERIES
Ramar of the Jungle, 1952-1954 syndicated TV series; a total of 52 episodes were produced. Hall portrayed Dr. Tom Reynolds, aka Ramar. Some episodes were spliced together and released as films

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
Perry Mason, episode The Case of the Feather Cloak, originally aired February 11, 1965
Perry Mason, episode The Case of the Festive Felon, originally aired November 28, 1963

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