John Halliday

  1. Laurence Olivier, Westward Passage, 1931.     Holliday was selected to replace Cimarron star Richard Dix before the West End darling became available for a Hollywood debut. And later wished he hadn’t.
  2. Walter Connolly, Nancy Steele Is Missing, 1936.      Nancy’s father, a rich munitions manufacturer, in the the post-Lindbergh kidnapped baby drama went through six actors: Halliday, Lionel Barrymore, Jean Hersholt, Jack Holt, Otto Kruger, Osgood Perkins (Tony’s dad)… before director George Marshall found the perfect Steele in the guy first cast by previous director Otto Preminger as the convict Sturm.
  3. Otto Kruger, Cover Girl, 1943.       Change of the owner of Vanity magazine John Coudair in Rita Hayworth’s (and Gene Kelly’s) breakthrough movie. Halliday was such an pukka English gentleman, no one could believe he was born and bred in… Brooklyn.

 Birth year: 1880Death year: 1947Other name: Casting Calls:  3