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Jon Hall (1915-1979)

  1. Buster Crabbe, Flash Gordon, 1935.     In a big sweep for its then usual fantasy market, Universal  snapped up the Gordon rights in 1934. And shot the 13-chapter serial (four hours) in six weeks at the rate of 85 set-ups a day (later copied by TV).  Crabbe, an ex-swimming champ, hated having his hair dyed blonde. He said men whistled at him! 
  2. Robert Preston, Typhoon, 1940.     The Hurricane team was blown away. And Preston hated filling in for Jon opposite Dorothy Lamour.
  3. James Brown, Corvette K-225 , 1942.  Or Corvettes in Action when director Howard Hawks’ early casting suggestions included Hall, Dick Foran or Robert Stack for Lieutenant Paul Cartwright, plus such notables as Evelyn Ankers, Diana Barrymore, Nigel Bruce, Leif Erickson and  Patric Knowles.
  4. Nelson Eddy,  Phantom of the Opera, 1943.     At one point, Hall was to be the romantic lead, with Lon Chaney Jr   taking over  his father's 1925 role.
  5. Anthony Dexter, Valentino, 1950.    The second of Dexter’s 25 screen roles (go on, name one) is his most famous film. He was a real clone of the silent movie icon. (Certainly more so than Russian ballet king, Rudolf Nureyev, in Ken Russell’s 1976 biopic). “Incredible!” declared George Melford who directed Valentinio as The Sheik in 1921. “The same eyes, ears, mouth - the same grace in dancing.” Dexter, a Nebraska farm boy, a Nebraska farm boy,  won Rudy - aka Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d’Antonguolla - from, supposedly, 75,000 contestants, and  400 screen tests - beating such pretty-boy stars as Hall, Arturo de Cordóva, John Derek, Fernando Lamas, Guy Madison, Ricardo Montalban, Guy Williams.




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