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Also Known As: Alexander C Hall, Al Hall, Alex Hall Died: July 30, 1968
Born: January 11, 1894 Cause of Death: stroke
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA Profession: director, actor, assistant director, editor

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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.

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.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Forever, Darling (1956) Director
2.
  Let's Do It Again (1953) Director
3.
  Because You're Mine (1952) Director
4.
  Up Front (1951) Director
5.
  Love That Brute (1950) Director
6.
  Louisa (1950) Director
7.
  The Great Lover (1949) Director
8.
  Down to Earth (1947) Director
9.
  She Wouldn't Say Yes (1945) Director
10.
  Once Upon a Time (1944) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Gambling Daughters (1941) Dean
2.
 The Leech (1921) Bill
3.
 Doing Their Bit (1918) Miles O'Dowd
4.
 Miss U.S.A. (1917) Clay Warfield
5.
 The Deemster (1917) Davy, Dan's faithful friend
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1898:
Made stage debut at age four
1914:
Acted in the film "The Million Dollar Mystery"
:
Served in WWI
1932:
Directed first films, "Madame Racketeer" and "Sinners in the Sun", for Paramount
1937:
Exclusive affilation with Paramount came to end with the feature, "Exclusive"
1938:
Began working almost exclusively for Columbia Pictures
1947:
Association with Columbia ended with "Down to Earth"; free-lanced thereafter
1956:
Last film, "Forever, Darling"
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wife:
Lola Lane. Actor.

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