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Unkempt, rough and tough looking members of the gang, or lynch mob, or vigilantes, or posse riders, or cow herders. They had minimal or no dialog, not much screen time, and were generally not listed in the film credits. Some would show up as a face in the crowd, portraying townspeople, barflys, deputies, wagon drivers, ranch hands, etc. We tend to recognize some of their faces, but have no clue as to their real names.

(Courtesy of Parry Hall)

Above from L-to-R are Buster Crabbe, Eddie Hall, Charlie King and Al St. John in a lobby card from SHADOWS OF DEATH (PRC, 1945).

(Courtesy of Parry Hall)

Edward L. 'Eddie' Hall


Special thanks to Parry Hall, Eddie Hall's son, and to Les Adams for the following info, photos and lobby cards on Eddie Hall.

Eddie Hall was an extra/bit/featured player in upwards of 60 films circa 1937-1947, but he appeared in less than a handful of westerns and serials.  In addition to the Crabbe SHADOWS OF DEATH, he worked in CALABOOSE (UA, 1943) which featured Jimmy Rogers and Noah Beery, Jr., and the cliffhanger DON WINSLOW OF THE COAST GUARD.  He also worked in many of the Hal Roach streamliners.  He was not the same Eddie Hall that was in some Educational shorts circa 1936-37.

Parry Hall has some pay records from his father, who was paid $173.00 for his second lead work in SHADOWS OF DEATH.

Hall was born on February 3, 1912 in Chicago, Ilinois and passed away from a heart attack on February 19, 1963 in Granada Hills, California.  Parry notes that his father was best pals with Tom Neal, Huntz Hall was a good friend, and Eddie was also Tom Brown's double and good friend.  Hall's agent was Jack Pomeroy-Bob Brandies.

Hall and his first wife Pat had a Las Vegas wedding ceremony in May, 1944, but the couple later divorced. Pat later married baddie Charlie King's son, Charles 'Chuck' King, Jr., who was a film sound technician.  Hall and Flower Parry married in 1956, and their only child, son Parry Alan Hall, was born in 1957.

You may want to go to the In Search Of ... page on the Old Corral.  The California Death Records database has a record for Edward L. Hall, born 2/3/1912, he passed away on 2/19/63, and his birthplace is listed as California.  There is also a record in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).

  The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Eddie Hall:

(Courtesy of Parry Hall)

Above - heroine Donna Dax separates Buster Crabbe and Eddie Hall in another lobby card from Crabbe's SHADOWS OF DEATH (PRC, 1945).

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