284 films of JOHN HAMILTON (1887 - 1958)

by milam_ogden | created - 15 Jan 2016 | updated - 16 Jan 2016 | Public

God smiled on this date in 1887 when John was born in Shippenburg, PA. He got his start in broadway and made his film debut in 1930.

He is a major character actor was appeared in 284 films over a period of 28 years. That is an average of 10 movies per year.

Major movie genres: drama (162), romance (84), comedy (77), crime (76) and westerns (44).

During the 40s, Hamilton appeared in 166 movies, 58% of his total.

IMDb summary: mean - 6.2, median - 6.2, and mode - 6.1 (21 films)

Best known for his role as Perry White, editor of the Daily Planet, in the Superman television series. It ran for six years (1952 - 1958) = 102 episodes. He also appeared in 26 other television series.

Perry died at the age of 71 in October of 1958 from a heart attack.

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1. Dangerous Nan McGrew (1930)

Passed | 73 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

Dangerous Nan McGrew is the sharp-shooting expert of a traveling medicine show that is stranded in the Canadian northwest at the snowbound hunting lodge of wealthy Mrs. Benson. Nan is ... See full summary »

Director: Malcolm St. Clair | Stars: Helen Kane, Victor Moore, James Hall, Stuart Erwin

Votes: 36

4. Keep 'Em Rolling (1934)

Passed | 69 min | Drama, Romance, War

Sergeant Benny Walsh, a U.S. Army artilleryman, and his horse, Rodney, share a kindred spirit that is sympathetic to each other's needs. After years of service to his country, Sergeant ... See full summary »

Director: George Archainbaud | Stars: Walter Huston, Frances Dee, Minna Gombell, Frank Conroy

Votes: 77

5. Stand Up and Cheer! (1934)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy, Musical

President Franklin Roosevelt appoints a theatrical producer as the new Secretary of Amusement in order to cheer up an American public still suffering through the Depression. The new ... See full summary »

Director: Hamilton MacFadden | Stars: Warner Baxter, Madge Evans, James Dunn, Sylvia Froos

Votes: 410

6. Parole! (1936)

Approved | 67 min | Crime, Drama

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Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Henry Hunter, Ann Preston, Alan Dinehart, Alan Baxter

Votes: 18

7. The Final Hour (1936)

Approved | 57 min | Drama

An alcoholic attorney becomes embroiled in blackmail and murder when he continues to aid a falsely accused client.

Director: D. Ross Lederman | Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Marguerite Churchill, John Gallaudet, George McKay

8. Two-Fisted Gentleman (1936)

Approved | 64 min | Drama

Mickey (James Dunne), is a prizefighter whose bright career hits the skids when he comes under the guidance of Ginger (June Clayworth), a female fight promoter, when he becomes involved ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Wiles | Stars: James Dunn, June Clayworth, George McKay, Thurston Hall

9. Craig's Wife (1936)

Passed | 73 min | Drama

A domineering woman marries a wealthy man for his money, and then uses her position to further her own ambitions for money and power.

Director: Dorothy Arzner | Stars: Rosalind Russell, John Boles, Billie Burke, Jane Darwell

Votes: 753

10. Two in a Crowd (1936)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

When two halves of a thousand-dollar bill are discovered in the snow, the penniless pair that individually grabs each half must come to terms. Actress Julia Wayne needs the whole $1,000, ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Joan Bennett, Joel McCrea, Henry Armetta, Alison Skipworth

Votes: 44

11. Adventure in Manhattan (1936)

Passed | 73 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A reporter meets an actress whose producer is a presumed-dead thief, and stakes his reputation on predicting the next crime.

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Reginald Owen, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 530

12. Legion of Terror (1936)

Approved | 63 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Two newly-appointed postal inspectors, Frank Marshall and 'Slim" Hewitt, set out to track down the sender of a time-bomb to a U. S. Senator and, during their investigation, run across a ... See full summary »

Director: Charles C. Coleman | Stars: Bruce Cabot, Marguerite Churchill, Crawford Weaver, Ward Bond

Votes: 28

14. Three Smart Girls (1936)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Three sisters scheme to reunite their divorced parents before their wealthy father marries a conniving gold digger.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Binnie Barnes, Charles Winninger, Alice Brady, Ray Milland

Votes: 1,097 | Gross: $3.00M

15. Lady from Nowhere (1936)

Approved | 60 min | Crime, Drama

A manicurist witnesses a gangland murder. Realizing there was a witness to their crime, the killer tries to track her down and silence her.

Director: Gordon Wiles | Stars: Mary Astor, Charles Quigley, Thurston Hall, Victor Kilian

16. A Man Betrayed (1936)

Passed | 58 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Frank Powell, an honest stock salesman, attempts to verify the authenticity of his merchandise and his employer commits suicide. Dishonest partners in the company employ gangsters to make ... See full summary »

Director: John H. Auer | Stars: Edward J. Nugent, Kay Hughes, Lloyd Hughes, John Wray

Votes: 61

17. Breezing Home (1937)

Approved | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Music

Bookmakers try to fix a horse race.

Director: Milton Carruth | Stars: Binnie Barnes, William Gargan, Wendy Barrie, Raymond Walburn

Votes: 9

19. Her Husband Lies (1937)

Passed | 74 min | Crime, Drama

Her Husband Lies is a 1937 American drama film directed by Edward Ludwig and written by Wallace Smith and Eve Greene. The film stars Gail Patrick, Ricardo Cortez, Akim Tamiroff, Tom Brown, ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: Gail Patrick, Ricardo Cortez, Akim Tamiroff, Tom Brown

Votes: 20

20. Seventh Heaven (1937)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Romance

A Parisian sewer worker longs for a rise in status and a beautiful wife. He rescues a girl from the police, lives with her in a barren flat on the seventh floor, and then marches away to ... See full summary »

Director: Henry King | Stars: Simone Simon, James Stewart, Jean Hersholt, Gregory Ratoff

Votes: 637

21. I Promise to Pay (1937)

Approved | 68 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Eddie Lang (Chester Morris), a decent family man making $27.50 a week, borrows fifty-dollars from Richard Farra (Leo Carrillo) in order to take his wife, Mary (Helen Mack) and two small ... See full summary »

Director: D. Ross Lederman | Stars: Chester Morris, Leo Carrillo, Helen Mack, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 69

22. Criminals of the Air (1937)

Approved | 61 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Undercover agent Mark Owens is sent to aid the Border Patrol in the trans-border town of Hernandez in breaking up a well-organized band of smugglers. Since the town is also noted for a ... See full summary »

Director: Charles C. Coleman | Stars: Rosalind Keith, Charles Quigley, Rita Hayworth, John Gallaudet

Votes: 21

23. This Is My Affair (1937)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, History

Navy Lt. Richard Perry becomes an undercover man out to discover the leaders of a group of well connected men who pull off bank robberies during the McKinley administration (early 20th ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, Victor McLaglen, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 482

24. Fifty Roads to Town (1937)

80 min | Comedy

A man hides out in the country to avoid testifying in his friends' divorce. A girl who he thinks is a process server thinks he's a gangster. So do the sheriff and his men.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Don Ameche, Ann Sothern, Slim Summerville, Jane Darwell

Votes: 27

25. Married Before Breakfast (1937)

Passed | 71 min | Comedy

After a leading razor company pays inventor Tom Wakefield a quarter of a million dollars not to publicize a hair-removing shaving cream that makes razors obsolete, he makes plans to take ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Robert Young, Florence Rice, June Clayworth, Barnett Parker

Votes: 99

26. It Could Happen to You (1937)

Approved | 71 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

(1937, Republic) Alan Baxter, Andrea Leads, Owen Davis, Astrid Allwyn. Captivating story of two brothers, one good, one bad. The good one becomes a lawyer while the bad one resorts to crime and ultimately...

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Alan Baxter, Andrea Leeds, Owen Davis Jr., Astrid Allwyn

Votes: 20

27. She Had to Eat (1937)

Approved | 74 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Arizona gas station owner (Haley) faces comic adventures after he is kidnapped by gangsters who have mistaken him for an escaped killer.

Director: Malcolm St. Clair | Stars: Jack Haley, Rochelle Hudson, Arthur Treacher, Eugene Pallette

Votes: 18

28. The Singing Marine (1937)

Passed | 105 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Bob Brent, a young Marine from Arkansas, impresses his comrades with his singing ability, and they pitch in to send him to New York to compete in an amateur contest. Success in the contest,... See full summary »

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Dick Powell, Doris Weston, Lee Dixon, Hugh Herbert

Votes: 172

29. Bad Guy (1937)

Passed | 69 min | Crime, Drama

"Lucky" Walden is a power lineman-turned-criminal. He is due to go to the electric chair, which he helps prison electricians wire correctly, when his sentence is commuted for an act of ... See full summary »

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Bruce Cabot, Virginia Grey, Edward Norris, Jean Chatburn

Votes: 81

31. The Man Who Cried Wolf (1937)

Approved | 68 min | Crime, Drama

An actor continually confesses to murders he didn't commit, figuring that the police won't believe him when he confesses to a murder that he actually does intend to commit.

Director: Lewis R. Foster | Stars: Lewis Stone, Barbara Read, Tom Brown, Forrester Harvey

Votes: 40

32. That Certain Woman (1937)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Romance

Mary Donnell, a young legal secretary with a past, elopes with a client's son, but his father has the marriage annulled without knowing she's pregnant.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Anita Louise, Ian Hunter

Votes: 1,191

33. One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937)

Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

The daughter of a struggling musician forms a symphony orchestra made up of his unemployed friends and through persistence, charm and a few misunderstandings, is able to get Leopold ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Deanna Durbin, Adolphe Menjou, Alice Brady, Leopold Stokowski

Votes: 844 | Gross: $2.27M

34. Dangerously Yours (1937)

Approved | 62 min | Crime, Drama

A detective poses as a jewel thief and joins a bunch of other crooks sailing from Europe to New York in search a famous gem. He falls in love with one of the crooks.

Director: Malcolm St. Clair | Stars: Cesar Romero, Phyllis Brooks, Jane Darwell, Alan Dinehart

Votes: 15

35. Night Club Scandal (1937)

Approved | 70 min | Romance, Thriller

When Dr. Ernest Tindal's wife is murdered, evidence mounts to convict her lover, Frank Marian. But Frank knows he didn't do it.....

Director: Ralph Murphy | Stars: John Barrymore, Lynne Overman, Louise Campbell, Charles Bickford

Votes: 57

36. Missing Witnesses (1937)

Approved | 61 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The daring of the racketeers, all working for one organization, in an east coast city leads the Governor to create a new undercover law agency formed to combat the gangsters, and to find ... See full summary »

Director: William Clemens | Stars: John Litel, Dick Purcell, Virginia Dale, Sheila Bromley

Votes: 69

37. Murder Is News (1937)

Approved | 55 min | Mystery

A radio reporter does a story on the infidelity and divorce of a wealthy and powerful businessman. The man invites the reporter to his mansion for a chat, but when he gets there, he finds ... See full summary »

Director: Leon Barsha | Stars: John Gallaudet, Iris Meredith, George McKay, Doris Lloyd

Votes: 59

38. Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938)

Approved | 72 min | Crime, Mystery

When the #1 heavyweight contender is mysteriously poisoned during a bout, Moto knows that identifying the gambler who placed large bets against him is the key to solving the murder.

Director: James Tinling | Stars: Peter Lorre, Keye Luke, Dick Baldwin, Lynn Bari

Votes: 565

39. Over the Wall (1938)

Passed | 67 min | Drama, Romance

Jerry Davis is a street tough and troublemaker who winds up in Sing Sing framed for murder. There he discovers he has a great singing voice, and with the help of prison chaplain Father ... See full summary »

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Dick Foran, June Travis, John Litel, Dick Purcell

Votes: 85

40. Doctor Rhythm (1938)

80 min | Comedy, Musical

Dr. Bill Remsen pretends to be a policeman, and ends up being assigned to guard Judy Marlowe. Amazingly, he falls in love with her.

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: Bing Crosby, Mary Carlisle, Beatrice Lillie, Andy Devine

Votes: 67

41. Hunted Men (1938)

Approved | 65 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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Director: Louis King | Stars: Lloyd Nolan, Mary Carlisle, Lynne Overman, J. Carrol Naish

Votes: 23

42. You Can't Take It with You (1938)

Passed | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold

Votes: 21,474 | Gross: $4.66M

43. Boys Town (1938)

Passed | 96 min | Biography, Drama

When a death row prisoner tells him he wouldn't have led a life of crime if only he had had one friend as a child, Father Edward Flanagan decides to do something about. An advocate of child... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Henry Hull, Leslie Fenton

Votes: 4,802

44. Personal Secretary (1938)

Approved | 71 min | Comedy

Two rival newspaper columnists battle over whether or not a woman murdered her playboy husband.

Director: Otis Garrett | Stars: William Gargan, Joy Hodges, Andy Devine, Ruth Donnelly

Votes: 8

45. Too Hot to Handle (1938)

Passed | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Two rival newsreel photographers join forces to find the an aviatrix's missing brother, who has disappeared in the Amazon rainforest.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Walter Pidgeon, Walter Connolly

Votes: 1,295

46. Mr. Wong, Detective (1938)

Passed | 69 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

When a chemical manufacturer is killed after asking detective James Wong to help him, Wong investigates this and two subsequent murders. He uncovers a international spy ring hoping to steal... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Boris Karloff, Grant Withers, Maxine Jennings, Evelyn Brent

Votes: 839

47. Girls on Probation (1938)

Approved | 63 min | Crime, Drama

This film proves the old adage "You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you shouldn't pick friends who rob banks." Local bad girl Hilda convinces Connie to join her at a ... See full summary »

Director: William C. McGann | Stars: Jane Bryan, Ronald Reagan, Anthony Averill, Sheila Bromley

Votes: 279