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Naissance 6 mars 1921
Mort 25 mars 2012 (à 91 ans)

Hal E. Chester (born Harold Rapatsky) March 6, 1921, in Brooklyn, New York, died in London on March 25, 2012. He was an American film producer, writer, director and former child actor who appeared in the opening performance of "Dead End" on Broadway in 1937, playing the part of "Dippy" – one of the gang of kids later to gain fame as "The Dead End Kids" – going on the road with this hit play for 22 weeks, before accepting an offer to appear in the sequel to the film version "Crime School" for Warner Bros in 1938. As a teen actor, his most regular work was with "The Little Tough Guys" series for Universal, appearing also in "Juvenille Court" for Columbia, and "The Eastside Kids" for Monogram. His last appearance in this series was in "Sea Raiders" in 1941. Credited as "Hally Chester" when he first appeared on stage (he had taken the name of his step-mother 'Chesler') quickly becoming known as 'Chester'.

In 1945, entering into an agreement with comic strip writer/cartoonist Ham Fisher, creator of the "Joe Palooka" comic strip cartoon character, Hal E. Chester then produced between 1946 and 1951 under contract to Monogram Pictures, a series of eleven Joe Palooka movies starring Joe Kirkwood Junior, becoming one of the youngest producers in Hollywood: Joe Palooka Champ, 1946 – Gentleman Joe Palooka, 1946 – Joe Palooka in The Knockout, 1947 – Joe Palooka in Fighting Mad, 1948 – Joe Palooka in Winner Take All, 1948 – Joe Palooka in The Big Fight, 1949 – Joe Palooka in Counterpunch, 1949 – Joe Palooka Meets Humphrey, 1950 – Humphrey Takes a Chance, 1950 – Joe Palooka in The Squared Circle, 1950 – Joe Palooka in Triple Cross, 1951.

He also produced "Smart Woman" in 1948, "The Underworld Story" 1950, "The Highwayman" 1951, "Models Inc" 1952. Working with famous animator Ray Harryhausen and Jack Dietz in 1953, he produced "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" his first real big movie in which a hibernating dinosaur – unleashed by the effects of an A-Bomb test – terrorises New York City. It was a huge success. "Crashout" followed in 1955 and in 1956 he co-wrote and produced "The Bold and the Brave" starring Nicole Maurey and Mickey Rooney, which was up for two Academy Award Nominations in 1957. Sailing to England on 'The Liberte' in 1955 with his wife Virginia and two young sons, he produced "The Weapon". The family adapted so well to British life they set up permanent home in London, where Chester lived until his death. In 1957, he co-wrote the screenplay and produced the cult movie hit "Night of the Demon" starring Dana Andrews. "The Two Headed Spy" followed in 1958 and the film that he perhaps is best remembered, the 1960 smash hit "School for Scoundrels" with Terry Thomas, Ian Carmichael, Alastair Sim and Janette Scott. This comedy classic, derived loosely from the books of Stephen Potter's "Lifemanship", "Gamesmanship" and "One-Upmanship", was a huge box-office success. "School for Scoundrels" was subsequently produced again in 2006 by Weinstein, and starred Jon Heder, Billy Bob Thornton and Jacinda Barrett and was directed by Todd Phillips. In 1961 Chester produced "His and Hers", in 1964 "The Comedy Man" and along with Peter Stone and Frank Tarloff, co-wrote the screenplay for "Father Goose" starring Cary Grant, which was released in 1964. In 1967 came "The Double Man" starring Yul Brynner and Britt Ekland and 1968 "The Secret War of Harry Frigg" with Paul Newman. In 1970 Chester produced his last film "Take A Girl Like You" based on the Kingsley Amis novel which starred Hayley Mills and Oliver Reed, directed by Jonathon Miller. It was later adapted in 2000 as a television series by the BBC. In 2003, Hal E. Chester suffered a stroke which left him severely incapacitated and died in London, on March 25, 2012.

Obituaries: 'The Telegraph', April 8, 2012; 'The Guardian' April 16, 2012; 'The Times' May 2, 2012 and 'The Independent' June 5, 2012 –

The above article has been written following extensive research into the life and career of Hal E. Chester.
Information researched and presented by Deborah E. Chester, Writer and Life Coach; and Joel Finler, Film Historian, London.

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Filmographie de Hal E. Chester (24 films)

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Hit the Road, 1h1
Réalisé par Joe May
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie, Policier
Acteurs Gladys George, Barton MacLane, Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Bernard Punsly
Rôle Trust
Note65% 3.274413.274413.274413.274413.27441
Delinquent gang members Tom (Billy Halop), Pig (Huntz Hall), Ape (Bernard Punsly), and String (Gabriel Dell) are trying to break out from the reformatory their confined to, but they are caught and brought to the parole officer Cathy Crookshank (Eily Malyon). All of the gang members are sons of gangsters, which makes it even harder for them to get paroled. They tell their superintendent this, and that they have no sponsor. To remedy this, Miss Crookshank asks the leader of the boys fathers' gang, Valentine (Barton MacLane), to come to her office. Valentine is barely released from prison. He is reluctant to help the boys, arguing that he is a reformed man and is now living on a farm with his wife Molly (Gladys George) and their daughter Pat (Evelyn Ankers). He has also decided to take a new name, "Ryan.
Sea Raiders
Réalisé par John Rawlins, Ford Beebe
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Guerre, Action
Thèmes La mer, Transport, Documentaire sur la guerre, Documentaire historique, Politique, Documentaire sur la Seconde Guerre mondiale
Acteurs Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Bernard Punsly, Hal E. Chester, William Hall
Rôle Swab
Note58% 2.905762.905762.905762.905762.90576
Les Dead End Les enfants vont après un gang connu sous le nom Sea Raiders, qui est en train de couler les navires alliés.
Boys of the City, 1h8
Réalisé par Joseph H. Lewis
Genres Thriller, Comédie
Thèmes Fantômes
Acteurs Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Hal E. Chester, Frankie Burke, Ernie Morrison, Donald Haines
Rôle Buster
Note66% 3.3419253.3419253.3419253.3419253.341925
To escape the heat of the city and a court sentence for malicious mischief, the East Side kids agree to visit a summer camp in the Adirondacks. En route, their car breaks down and they are reluctantly given accommodations in the home of Judge Malcolm Parker (Forrest Taylor). The Judge, under indictment for bribery, has much to fear. His life, as well as that of his niece Louise (Inna Gest) has been threatened by a gang of racketeers; his companion, Giles (Dennis Moore), has accused him of embezzling Louise's fortune; and his sinister housekeeper, Agnes, blames him for the death of her mistress, Leonora. The Judge's fears are compounded when he meets Knuckles Dolan (Dave O'Brien), the boys' guardian, whom he had unjustly sentenced to death, only to have his verdict reversed and Knuckles exonerated. Later that night, when Louise is kidnapped and the Judge found strangled, Giles and Simp (Vince Barnett), the Judge's bodyguard, accuse Knuckles of the murder, but the boys capture Simp and Giles and determine to find the murderer themselves. Muggs (Leo Gorcey) and Danny (Bobby Jordan) discover a secret panel in the library wall and enter a passage where they find Louise's unconscious body and glimpse the figure of a fleeing man. Knuckles captures the man, who identifies himself as Jim Harrison (Alden 'Stephen' Chase) of the district attorney's office. Amid the confusion, the real killer takes Louise captive, but the boys track him down and unmask Simp. Harrison then identifies the bodyguard as the triggerman seeking revenge on the Judge. With the crime solved, the boys can finally leave for their summer camp.
Junior G-Men
Réalisé par John Rawlins, Ford Beebe
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Guerre, Action, Aventure, Policier
Acteurs Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Bernard Punsly, Hal E. Chester, Phillip Terry
Rôle Murph
Note63% 3.189193.189193.189193.189193.18919
A group of saboteurs called the "Order of the Flaming Torch" who are trying to undermine the "social order" of the United States kidnaps several prominent scientists, including the father of a local street gang member. The gang team up with the FBI and the "Junior G-Men" in order to stop the saboteurs.
You're Not So Tough, 1h5
Réalisé par Joe May
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Policier
Acteurs Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Bernard Punsly, Bobby Jordan, Hal E. Chester
Rôle Second Newsboy
Note64% 3.2047553.2047553.2047553.2047553.204755
The Dead End Kids ride a freight train through California. After the kids get arrested for vagrancy, members Tom and Pig are hired to work on a ranch owned by kindly Mama Posito. Tom learns that Posito hasn't seen her son in years, but believes that he may still be alive. In an attempt to steal her money, Tom decides to pose as her son. However, Posito's benevolency soon gets the best of Tom, and he decides to stay with her for love, rather than for greed.
East Side Kids, 1h2
Réalisé par Robert Hill
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Thriller, Comédie
Acteurs Leon Ames, Dennis Moore, Hal E. Chester, Frankie Burke, Sonny Muslim, Abby Rakic-Platt
Rôle Fred 'Dutch' Kuhn
Note58% 2.9174952.9174952.9174952.9174952.917495
Après avoir vécu toute sa chilhood dans la rue, un jeune garçon remarque rapidement que le crime ne paie pas et pourquoi il décide thats de devenir un agent de police. Un jour, l'un de ses meilleurs amis aller en prison pour un assassiner qu'il n'a pas commis. Immédiatement le policier essaie de son mieux pour le libérer et de prouver son innocence.
Veillée d'amour, 1h30
Réalisé par John M. Stahl
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Romance
Acteurs Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Barbara O'Neil, Onslow Stevens, Nydia Westman, Nella Walker
Rôle Newsboy
Note68% 3.435763.435763.435763.435763.43576
Un célèbre pianiste français en tournée s'arrête dans un bar et tombe amoureux d'une serveuse.
Call a Messenger, 1h5
Réalisé par Arthur Lubin
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Policier
Acteurs Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Hal E. Chester, William Benedict, David Gorcey, Robert Armstrong
Rôle B. 'Murph' Murphy
Note59% 2.9892952.9892952.9892952.9892952.989295
Jimmy Hogan and his gang are caught robbing a post office. Jimmy is given a choice to either go to reform school or work as a messenger boy for the post office as punishment. Jimmy decides to be a messenger boy, and soon drags his pals into the job. The kids eventually enjoy their jobs, especially when their new boss, Frances O'Neill, turns out to be quite attractive.
Code of the Streets, 1h12
Réalisé par Harold Young
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Policier
Acteurs Frankie Thomas, Hal E. Chester, Harry Carey, David Gorcey, William Benedict, Rita Quigley
Rôle Murph
Note61% 3.0766053.0766053.0766053.0766053.076605
Convicted on circumstantial evidence, Tommy Shay (Paul Fix), a young product of the Front Street slums, is sentenced to die for the murder of police lieutenant Carson (Monte Montague). When Denver Collins (Marc Lawrence), Tommy's only alibi, mysteriously disappears, Tommy's younger brother Danny (James McCallion) and his gang of alley kids (The Little Tough Guys) determine to find a way to save Tommy from the electric chair. Lieutenant Lewis (Harry Carrey), Tommy's arresting officer, also believes that the boy is innocent and tries to get the case reopened. For his efforts, Lewis is demoted to patrolman, prompting his son Bob (Frankie Thomas), a radio bug with an ambition to become a detective, to initiate his own investigation by which he hopes to find the real murderer and reinstate his father.
Little Tough Guy, 1h26
Réalisé par Harold Young
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Policier
Acteurs Billy Halop, Robert Wilcox, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Bernard Punsly, David Gorcey
Rôle Dopey
Note63% 3.192113.192113.192113.192113.19211
Johnny Boylan's (Billy Halop) father was sentenced to death for a crime that he was never fully proven to have committed. He and his family move to a poorer section of the East Side in New York City. His sister, Kay (Helen Parrish) resorts to dancing in a burlesque theater after she is fired from her job. Her former fiance, Paul Wilson (Robert Wilcox), still cares for her and wants to help her, but she avoids him because of the shame she is feeling.
Little Tough Guys in Society, 1h3
Réalisé par Erle C. Kenton
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie
Acteurs Frankie Thomas, Hal E. Chester, David Gorcey, William Benedict, Mischa Auer, Mary Boland
Rôle Murphy (as Hally Chester)
Note62% 3.1392953.1392953.1392953.1392953.139295
Madame Berry, d'une famille mondaine, fait appel à un psychiatre pour prendre soin de son fils Randolph qui présente un comportement antisocial et reste cloué au lit toute la journée. Le médecin détermine que si il s'exposait à d'autres jeunes d'une stature sociale moindre, il sortirait de sa coquille pour reprendre sa place dans la société.
Newsboys' Home, 1h13
Réalisé par Arthur Lubin, Harold Young
Origine Etats-Unis
Acteurs Jackie Cooper, Edward Norris, David Gorcey, William Benedict, Edmund Lowe, Wendy Barrie
Rôle Murphy
Note60% 3.0341853.0341853.0341853.0341853.034185
When his father, a small town sheriff, is slain by a big city gangster, "Rifle" Edwards (Jackie Cooper) becomes a homeless vagabond, drifting from town to town. Arriving broke and hungry in a large metropolis, he seeks food and shelter at the Newsboys' Home, where the kids force him to fight an amateur bout with the champ, Danny Shay (Elisha Cook, Jr.), before he can eat. When Rifle knocks Danny out, the country boy is accepted into the gang of newsies. He goes to work selling the Globe, which is published by Howard Price Dutton (Samuel S. Hinds), the founder and benefactor of the home. When Dutton dies, his daughter Gwen (Wendy Barrie) becomes the new publisher. Globe reporter Perry Warner (Edmund Lowe) is in love with Gwen, but they quarrel over her ideas about turning the Globe into a highbrow paper. Perry warns Gwen that she will ruin the paper, but she is stubborn and refuses to listen.
Juvenile Court, 1h
Réalisé par D. Ross Lederman
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Policier
Acteurs Paul Kelly, Rita Hayworth, Frankie Darro, Hal E. Chester, David Gorcey, Howard C. Hickman
Rôle Lefty
Note59% 2.9742752.9742752.9742752.9742752.974275
L'avocat Gary Franklin, frustré de ne pouvoir sauver le criminel hollandais Dutch Adams d'une condamnation à mort en accusant les taudis d'être à l'origine des crimes commis par Dutch, demande l'aide de sa soeur, Marcia Adams, afin de faire un appel de fonds publics aux habitants des taudis dans le but de fournir des lieux de loisirs à leurs enfants.


L'Académie des coquins, 1h34
Réalisé par Cyril Frankel, Robert Hamer, Hal E. Chester
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Comédie
Acteurs Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Dennis Price, Janette Scott, Alastair Sim, Peter Jones
Note74% 3.745133.745133.745133.745133.74513
Le jeune Henry Palfrey tente de faire impression sur son patron, sur les jolies filles... Peine perdue. Invariablement, le désagréable Raymond Delauney, son ennemi juré, lui dame le pion. En désespoir de cause, Palfrey s'inscrit dans une école dont l'enseignement peu orthodoxe vise à faire découvrir aux élèves les clefs du succès, sans regarder de trop près aux moyens d'y parvenir...
The Weapon
The Weapon (1957)
, 1h17
Réalisé par Val Guest, Hal E. Chester
Genres Thriller
Acteurs Steve Cochran, Lizabeth Scott, Herbert Marshall, Nicole Maurey, George Cole, Laurence Naismith
Note63% 3.194193.194193.194193.194193.19419
Lizabeth Scott plays Elsa Jenner, widowed mother to her young son Erik. Whilst playing with friends in an abandoned and deteriorated old building, Erik finds a small handgun stuck to a brick. As all the boys try and pull it free, it accidentally fires a shot from Erik's hands, hitting another boy. Believing he has killed his friend, Erik immediately runs away.