PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF RUTH HALL
Ruth Hall was born in 1910 in Jacksonville, Florida, and raised in Tampa where her mother was a prominent businesswoman. At a reception given by her mother, Ruth met filmmakers Henry and Lou King who tapped her to be an extra for their film, Hell's Harbor, giving birth to her film career at eighteen. She accepted an offer from Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California, and in 1931 she landed her first role in the Marx Brothers' Monkey Business. Other movies were to follow in 1931-32, such as Miss Pinkerton, The Heart of New York, One Way Passage, Local Boy Makes Good, and Union Depot. After her Paramount contract expired, she went to work for Warner and Goldwyn Studios. At Goldwyn, she portrayed Anita in the film The Kid from Spain.
In 1932, Ruth was chosen as a Wampas Baby Star, and she landed her first leading role in Gambling Sex produced by Monarch. More leading roles were to follow, particularly in Western films such as Flaming Guns with Tom Mix. The most recognized cowboy she starred with was John Wayne in Ride Him Cowboy, The Man From Monterey, and The Three Musketeers for Mascot.
In 1933, Ruth married cinematographer Lee Garmes, most notably recognized for his work for the first hour of Gone with the Wind and Shanghai Express, for which he won an Oscar. When her career began to solidify, she took on less work, wrapping up her career in 1934 with such films as The Badge of Honor, Beloved, and Murder on the Campus. Admired as she was by her colleagues, she left the world of movie making and dedicated her life to her family.