Jackie Searl
Jackie Searl (cropped).jpg
Born(1921-07-07)July 7, 1921
DiedApril 29, 1991(1991-04-29) (aged 69)
Tujunga, Los Angeles, California
Other namesJackie Searle
Years active1929–1969

John E. Searl (July 7, 1921 – April 29, 1991) was an American actor. He portrayed bratty kids in several films,[1] and often had only small roles, such as "Robin Figg" in 1934's Strictly Dynamite.

Early years

His name is sometimes written as Jackie Searle,[2] and by 1960, he was billed as Jack Searl.[3] As a child actor, he began performing on a local Los Angeles radio station at the age of three.

Military service

Searl served four years in the U.S. Army, primarily as a radio instructor, during World War II.[3]


His first movie role was in Daughters of Desire (1929),[2] followed by Tom Sawyer (1930) with Jackie Coogan and Mitzi Green, and Huckleberry Finn in 1931.

Notable films in which he appeared include Skippy, High Gear, Peck's Bad Boy, Great Expectations, and Little Lord Fauntleroy. In the 1940s, he had some supporting character roles before disappearing for nearly a decade. In the early 1960s, Searl enjoyed a flurry of activity as a supporting villain on television.[1] For example, he appeared in the Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Traveling Treasure," first aired on CBS on Nov. 4, 1961. Credited as Jack Searl, he appeared in 1962 as Slick - Henchman on the TV western Lawman in the episode titled "The Tarnished Badge"[citation needed] and in 1965 as Henden in the episode "Much A Glue About Nothing" of the situation comedy The Cara Williams Show.[4]

Partial filmography

Year Film Role Director Notes
1929 Daughters of Desire Burton L. King
1930 Paramount on Parade Student (The Schoolroom) (uncredited) Edmund Goulding and 10 other directors
1930 The Sins of the Children Nick Higgenson as a Child (uncredited) Sam Wood
1930 Tom Sawyer Sid John Cromwell
1930 The March of Time Himself Charles Reisner
1931 Scandal Sheet Little Wilson Boy John Cromwell
1931 Finn and Hattie Sidney Norman Taurog
1931 Skippy Sidney Norman Taurog
1931 Daybreak August Jacques Feyder
1931 Newly Rich Tiny Tim Norman Taurog
1931 Huckleberry Finn Sid Sawyer Norman Taurog
1931 Sooky Sidney Saunders Norman Taurog
1931 The House That Shadows Built (clip of upcoming film Huckleberry Finn) - (archive footage)
1932 Lovers Courageous Willie as a Child Robert Z. Leonard
1932 The Miracle Man Boy at Meadville RR Station (uncredited) Norman Z. McLeod
1932 Hearts of Humanity Shandy O'Hara Christy Cabanne
1932 Little Orphan Annie Sponge Throwing Orphan (uncredited) Charles Kerr (assistant)
1932 Officer Thirteen Sammy George Melford
1933 Topaze Charlemagne de La Tour-La Tour D'Abbadie D'Arrast
1933 A Lady's Profession The Ship's Bad Boy Norman Z. McLeod
1933 High Gear Jimmy Evans Leigh Jason
1933 The Return of Casey Jones John P. McCarthy
1933 Dangerous Crossroads Detective's Son Lambert Hillyer
1933 One Year Later Clarence E. Mason Hopper
1933 The Chief Little Heinie in Hat Department (uncredited) Charles Reisner
1933 The World Changes John - as a Boy (uncredited) Mervyn LeRoy
1933 Alice in Wonderland Dormouse Norman Z. McLeod
1934 No Greater Glory Gareb Frank Borzage
1934 Strictly Dynamite Robin Elliott Nugent (unbilled)
1934 Murder on the Blackboard Leland Stanford Jones George Archainbaud
1934 She Was a Lady Herbie Vane Hamilton MacFadden
1934 Peck's Bad Boy Horace Clay
1934 Great Expectations Herbert Pocket, as a chil Stuart Walker
1934 A Wicked Woman Curtis as a Child Charles Brabin
1935 The Unwelcome Stranger Andy 'Gimpy' Campbell - the Orphan Phil Rosen
1935 Ginger Hamilton Parker Lewis Seiler
1936 Little Lord Fauntleroy Tom John Cromwell
1936 Gentle Julia Herbert Livingston Atwater John G. Blystone
1937 Two Wise Maids Elliot 'Wet Mouth' Braxton Phil Rosen
1937 Wild and Woolly Chaunce Ralston Alfred L. Werker
1938 Little Tough Guy Cyril Gerrard Harold Young
1938 That Certain Age Tony Edward Ludwig
1938 Little Tough Guys in Society Randolph Erle C. Kenton
1939 The Angels Wash Their Faces Alfred Goonplatz Ray Enright
1940 My Little Chickadee Boy Edward F. Cline
1940 Military Academy Prentiss Dover D. Ross Lederman
1941 Golden Hoofs Sulky Driver (uncredited) Lynn Shores
1941 Glamour Boy Georgie Clemons Ralph Murphy
1942 Small Town Deb Tim Randall Harold Schuster
1945 Club Havana Young Cavendish (uncredited) Edgar G. Ulmer
1947 The Fabulous Dorseys Joe (uncredited) Alfred E. Green
1948 The Bride Goes Wild Waiter in Diving Suit (uncredited) Norman Taurog
1948 Hazard Public Defender George Marshall
1948 Beyond Glory Lt. Brown (uncredited) John Farrow
1948 Lady at Midnight Freddy Forsythe Sam Newfield
1948 The Paleface Jasper Martin Norman Z. McLeod
1949 Passport to Pimlico Legionnaire (uncredited) Henry Cornelius
1932 The Couch Belmont (uncredited) Owen Crump
1960 Bat Masterson Mr. O’Brien (as Jack Searle)
1962 Gunsmoke Floyd
1963 Shotgun Wedding Silas
1964 A Tiger Walks Sheriff's Adviser (uncredited) Norman Tokar
1967 Divorce American Style Husband (uncredited) Bud Yorkin


  1. ^ a b "Successful Life For Jackie Searl". The Leader-Post. November 29, 1960. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Kear, Lynn; Rossman, John (2008). The Complete Kay Francis Career Record: All Film, Stage, Radio and Television Appearances. McFarland. p. 258. ISBN 9780786431984. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b Thomas, Bob (November 28, 1960). "Kid Actor Makes Good". The Decatur Daily Review. Illinois, Decatur. Associated Press. p. 13. Retrieved July 13, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  4. ^ Classic TV Archive The Cara Williams Show (1964–1965)