Alexander Hall

Director, Actor, Assistant director
A workmanlike technician with a flair for light comedy who began his career as as an actor in 1914 and graduated to directing in 1932, Hall worked for Paramount until 1937 and then spent a decade with Columbia, after ... Read more »
Born: 01/10/1894 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Director (27)

Forever, Darling 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Let's Do It Again 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Louisa 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

The Great Lover 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

My Sister Eileen 1941 (Movie)

(Director)

They All Kissed the Bride 1941 (Movie)

(Director)

Annapolis Farewell (Movie)

(Director)

Down to Earth (Movie)

(Director)

Goin' to Town (Movie)

(Director)

Good Girls Go to Paris (Movie)

(Director)

He Stayed for Breakfast (Movie)

(Director)

Here Comes Mr. Jordan (Movie)

(Director)

I Am the Law (Movie)

(Director)

Limehouse Blues (Movie)

(Director)

Love That Brute (Movie)

(Director)

Madame Racketeer (Movie)

(Director)

Midnight Club (Movie)

(Director)

Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen (Movie)

(Director)

Once Upon a Time (Movie)

(Director)

Sinners in the Sun (Movie)

(Director)

The Amazing Mr. Williams (Movie)

(Director)

The Doctor Takes a Wife (Movie)

(Director)

The Girl in 419 (Movie)

(Director)

The Heavenly Body (Movie)

(Director)

There's Always a Woman (Movie)

(Director)

Torch Singer (Movie)

(Director)

Up Front (Movie)

(Director)
Editor (1)

She Done Him Wrong 1932 (Movie)

(Editor)

Biography

A workmanlike technician with a flair for light comedy who began his career as as an actor in 1914 and graduated to directing in 1932, Hall worked for Paramount until 1937 and then spent a decade with Columbia, after which he free-lanced until his directed career ended in 1956 with "Forever, Darling" (1956). Among Hall's better or best-remembered efforts are one of his first, "Madame Racketeer" (1932), a vehicle for comedienne Alison Skipworth; "Torch Singer" (1933), a most enjoyable showcase for Claudette Colbert; "Little Miss Marker" (1934), one of Shirley Temple's more amusing starring films; "Goin' to Town" (1935), probably Mae West's best comedy after the establishment of Hollywood's censorship body, the Production Code Administration; and "My Sister Eileen" (1942), which gave Rosalind Russell one of her best roles. Hall received his only Oscar nomination as Best Director for a big hit, "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" (1941), a clever comedy-fantasy (later remade as "Heaven Can Wait" 1978) starring Robert Montgomery as a boxer who accidentally is summoned to heaven "too soon" and is given another body in recompense. Hall was married to actress Lola Lane.

Relationships

Lola Lane

Wife

Milestones

1956

Last film, "Forever, Darling"

1947

Association with Columbia ended with "Down to Earth"; free-lanced thereafter

1938

Began working almost exclusively for Columbia Pictures

1937

Exclusive affilation with Paramount came to end with the feature, "Exclusive"

1932

Directed first films, "Madame Racketeer" and "Sinners in the Sun", for Paramount

1914

Acted in the film "The Million Dollar Mystery"

1898

Made stage debut at age four

Served in WWI

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