Charles D Hall

Art director
Charles Hall was a key figure in the classical Hollywood studio system, making his most important mark shaping the look of Universal Studios films between 1925 and 1936. He worked in the English theater before bringing ... Read more »
Born: 08/18/1899 in Birmingham, England, GB

Filmography

Art Department (15)

Big House, U.S.A. 1955 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

Shield For Murder 1954 (Movie)

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Captain Fury 1938 (Movie)

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Merrily We Live 1937 (Movie)

(Production Designer)

Modern Times 1936 (Movie)

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Show Boat 1936 (Movie)

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My Man Godfrey 1935 (Movie)

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Bride of Frankenstein 1934 (Movie)

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The Good Fairy 1934 (Movie)

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City Lights 1931 (Movie)

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Frankenstein 1931 (Movie)

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All Quiet on the Western Front 1930 (Movie)

(Art Director)

The Circus 1928 (Movie)

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The Gold Rush 1925 (Movie)

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The Phantom of the Opera 1925 (Movie)

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Biography

Charles Hall was a key figure in the classical Hollywood studio system, making his most important mark shaping the look of Universal Studios films between 1925 and 1936. He worked in the English theater before bringing his Gothic sensibility to Hollywood for films such as "The Phantom of the Opera" (1925), "The Cat and the Canary" (1927), "Dracula" (1931), "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935) and other dark, macabre delights; he also showed flair for films as diverse as "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930) and "Showboat" (1936). Besides his immensely successful and important collaboration with directorial stylists James Whale and Paul Leni, Hall was also noted for his exquisite work on three Chaplin masterpieces: "The Gold Rush" (1925), "City Lights" (1931) and "Modern Times" (1936).

Milestones

1955

Final feature, "Big House, U.S.A."

1936

Last collaboration with Whale, "Showboat"; also parted company with Universal Studios soon thereafter

1936

Final film work with Chaplin, "Modern Times"

1931

First collaboration with director James Whale, "Frankenstein"

1929

Last collaboration with Leni, "The Last Warning"

1929

First sound film, "Broadway"

1927

First collaboration with director Paul Leni, "The Cat and the Canary"

1925

First collaboration with Charlie Chaplin, "The Gold Rush"

1922

Feature debut, art director, "The Lying Truth"

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with the actor, Charles Hall, of the same time period.

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