He started with Vitagraph in 1914, maybe he just got tired of the picture business. He's fine here as Slim, the mug who Truex convinces to turn traitor, and shows a lot of personality.FrankFay wrote:Johnny Hines is one of the gangsters- his career dropped like a stone in the 30's & it isn't obvious why - he's not exactly burning up the screen, but lots of actors like him kept going in smaller bits. He must have had something else to do, or had good investments. He lived decades longer.s.w.a.c. wrote:Finally saw the original version of Whistling in the Dark (1933) with supreme milquetoast Ernest Truex as a mystery writer who, along with his fiancee Toby Van Buren (Una Merkel), falls into the clutches of a bunch of gangsters led by Edward Arnold. Arnold wants Truex to devise the perfect murder to bump off a local tough-on-crime politician, and they writer has to put his mind to coming up with ways to both foil the plot and escape with his love. Truex is fun as the mild-mannered murder expert who's braver than he looks, and Murkel gets to do more than usual, including a racy scene where she tries to convince Truex to join her in bed, since they may not live much longer. Hard to imagine Red Skelton getting that kind of offer from Ann Rutherford eight years later.
Considering he was headlining (and sometimes directing) comedy features in the 1920s, like The Speed Spook and the film version of George M. Cohan's Little Johnny Jones, it wouldn't be surprising if he had little desire to be a supporting character actor as his career entered its third decade.
Ben Model scored and released a version of Hines' The Crackerjack, maybe he has some additional HInes-sight.