“Your father is the American Chaplin.”
-- Groucho Marx (speaking to Gary Hall)
“Huntz Hall was a complicated person: extremely generous and loving on the one hand, scarily angry and violent on the other. I think the hardest thing for me was the absolute disappearance from my life of a father beginning in the 6th grade and lasting until I got out of high school…I have a priest friend who says you can’t really grow up until you forgive your parents. As I get older I understand my father much better – he was emotionally deprived as a kid, and then he was unprepared for fame and money when they arrived in his teenage years. So he didn’t have the skills to be a parent. He did the best he could with the emotional equipment he had.”
-- Rev. Gary Hall (Huntz Hall’s son)
Behind Sach: The Huntz Hall Story presents the life of the actor who made us laugh with his unforgettable and unique persona of Horace DeBussy Jones, better known simply as “Sach.” This is the story of Huntz Hall, who played the zany character in forty-eight Bowery Boys films from the 1946 thru 1958. Someday Hall will be lauded as surely a comic genius as Chaplin. This biography is based upon never before revealed information provided by his only son. It offers a respectful portrait and appreciation of Hall's personal life and an examination of the comedy moments of his beloved Sach.
Jim Manago has authored Love is the Reason for it All: The Shirley Booth Story (BearManor Media, 2008) and For Bill: His Pinup Girl: The Shirley Booth and Bill Baker Story (Jim and Donna Manago Books, 2010). He holds a Master’s degree in Cinema Studies from The College of Staten Island/City University of New York.
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