Alan Crosland


Director

About

Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
August 10, 1894
Died
July 16, 1936
Cause of Death
Car Accident

Biography

Best known for directing two sound barrier-breaking films; "Don Juan" (1926), with synchronized music, and "The Jazz Singer" (1927), the first "talkie." Married to silent screen leading lady Elaine Hammerstein, whom he directed in several films, and father of director-editor Alan Crosland Jr....

Family & Companions

Juanita Crawford
Wife
Elaine Hammerstein
Wife
Actor. Daughter of stage producer Arthur Hammerstein.
Natalie Moorehead
Wife

Biography

Best known for directing two sound barrier-breaking films; "Don Juan" (1926), with synchronized music, and "The Jazz Singer" (1927), the first "talkie." Married to silent screen leading lady Elaine Hammerstein, whom he directed in several films, and father of director-editor Alan Crosland Jr.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Case of the Black Cat (1936)
Director
The White Cockatoo (1935)
Director
The Great Impersonation (1935)
Director
Mister Dynamite (1935)
Director
It Happened in New York (1935)
Director
King Solomon of Broadway (1935)
Director
Lady Tubbs (1935)
Director
Massacre (1934)
Director
The Case of the Howling Dog (1934)
Director
The Personality Kid (1934)
Director
Midnight Alibi (1934)
Director
The Silver Lining (1932)
Director
Week Ends Only (1932)
Director
Children of Dreams (1931)
Director
Viennese Nights (1931)
Director
Big Boy (1930)
Director
Captain Thunder (1930)
Director
General Crack (1930)
Director
Song of the Flame (1930)
Director
The Furies (1930)
Director
On With the Show (1929)
Director
Glorious Betsy (1928)
Director
The Scarlet Lady (1928)
Director
The Jazz Singer (1927)
Director
Don Juan (1927)
Director
The Beloved Rogue (1927)
Director
Old San Francisco (1927)
Director
When a Man Loves (1927)
Director
Bobbed Hair (1925)
Director
Compromise (1925)
Director
Contraband (1925)
Director
Three Weeks (1924)
Director
Unguarded Women (1924)
Director
Miami (1924)
Director
Sinners in Heaven (1924)
Director
Under the Red Robe (1923)
Director
The Enemies of Women (1923)
Director
The Face in the Fog (1922)
Director
The Prophet's Paradise (1922)
Director
Shadows of the Sea (1922)
Director
Why Announce Your Marriage? (1922)
Director
Slim Shoulders (1922)
Director
The Snitching Hour (1922)
Director
Room and Board (1921)
Director
Worlds Apart (1921)
Director
Is Life Worth Living? (1921)
Director
Jennie (1920)
Director
The Point of View (1920)
Director
Youthful Folly (1920)
Director
The Flapper (1920)
Director
Broadway and Home (1920)
Director
Greater Than Fame (1920)
Director
The Country Cousin (1919)
Director
The Unbeliever (1918)
Director
The Whirlpool (1918)
Director
Chris and His Wonderful Lamp (1917)
Director
The Little Chevalier (1917)
Director
Kidnapped (1917)
Director
Knights of the Square Table (1917)
Director
The Apple-Tree Girl (1917)
Director
Light in Darkness (1917)
Director

Assistant Direction (Feature Film)

Amos (1985)
Assistant Director
Last of the Great Survivors (1984)
Assistant Director
Take Your Best Shot (1982)
Assistant Director
Stand By Your Man (1981)
Assistant Director
The Two Lives of Carol Letner (1981)
Assistant Director
Guilty or Innocent: The Sam Sheppard Murder Case (1975)
Assistant Director
Airport '75 (1975)
Assistant Director
The Greatest Gift (1974)
Assistant Director
The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973)
Assistant Director

Writer (Feature Film)

Why Announce Your Marriage? (1922)
Scen
Why Announce Your Marriage? (1922)
Story
Light in Darkness (1917)
Scen

Producer (Feature Film)

Miracle Landing (1990)
Coproducer
Single Women, Married Men (1989)
Associate Producer
One Police Plaza (1986)
Associate Producer
Miami (1924)
Producer

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Picking Up the Pieces (1985)
Production Manager

Film Production - Unit (Feature Film)

Miracle Landing (1990)
Unit Production Manager
Single Women, Married Men (1989)
Unit Production Manager

Production Companies (Feature Film)

The Silver Lining (1932)
Company

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Man You Loved To Hate (1979)
Other

Director (Short)

Some of the Greatest (1955)
Director

Life Events

1912

Joined publicity department of Edison studios

1914

Short film directing debut

1917

Feature film directing debut, "Kidnapped"

1926

Directed the first feature with synchronized music, "Don Juan"

1927

Directed the first talking picture, "The Jazz Singer"

Videos

Movie Clip

Case Of The Howling Dog, The (1934) - A Sure Sign Of Insanity Mucho nervous Cartwright (Gordon Westcott), established in the opening scenes with a howling canine neighbor and a deaf housekeeper, has insisted on seeing super-busy LA attorney Perry Mason (Warren William), who sees a need for his in-house shrink (Frank Reicher), early in the first feature in the Warner Bros. series, The Case Of The Howling Dog, 1934.
Case Of The Howling Dog, The (1934) - Funny Thing About That Girl Perry Mason (Warren William, playing Erle Stanley Gardner’s hot-shot lawyer in the first entry in the Warner Bros. series) arrives with Foley (Russell Hicks), the rival of his neurotic client, and the sheriff (Arthur Aylesworth) and meets his housekeeper (Dorothy Tree) who has an improbable bulletin, early in The Case Of The Howling Dog, 1934.
Case Of The Howling Dog, The (1934) - Like A Common Intruder Mary Astor has appeared only in fleeting profile until now so, once the suspect housekeeper (Dorothy Tree) departs, she arrives, observed by Perry Mason’s snoop (Eddie Shubert), armed and confronting the titular dog, and Russell Hicks, slippery rival of Perry’s client, in the hit opener of the Warner Bros. series based on the Erle Stanley Gardner novels, The Case Of The Howling Dog, 1934, starring Warren William.
When A Man Loves (1927) - Temptations Of The Flesh Introduction of leading man John Barrymore, meeting Manon (Dolores Costello), en route to life in a convent, in the hit Warner Brothers treatment of Manon Lescaut, the 1731 novel by the Abbe Prevost, restored by UCLA and the George Eastman House, When A Man Loves, 1927.
When A Man Loves (1927) - Too Frail To Please Manon (Dolores Costello), having escaped from her brother (Warner Oland), who’s trying to sell her into prostitution, searches for her lover Fabien (John Barrymore), who’s been tricked into believing she left him, winding up in the same Paris tavern, in Warner Brothers’ When A Man Loves, 1927.
When A Man Loves (1927) - Please Trust Me As A Friend Fabien (John Barrymore), entranced by the beauty of Manon (Dolores Costello), abandons his pursuit of the priesthood and rescues her from her brother (Warner Oland), who’s just sold her into prostitution, in 18th century France, in When A Man Loves, 1927, adapted from Manon Lescaut.
When A Man Loves (1927) - Two Innocents Having met that day and escaped, her from being sold into de facto prostitution and him from enrollment in seminary, Manon (Dolores Costello) and Fabien (John Barrymore) arrive in Paris ca. 1730, learning about one another, in Warner Brothers’ When A Man Loves, 1927.
When A Man Loves (1927) - When We Are Rich Impoverished after escaping to 1730’s Paris, unmarried Fabien (John Barrymore) and Manon (Dolores Costello) happily pretend they can raise the rent, when her evil brother (Warner Oland) appears, looking to deliver her to a lecherous nobleman, in When A Man Loves, 1927.
Don Juan (1926) - Love Lent My Feet Wings First scene for the title character (John Barrymore), servant Pedrillo (Willard Louis) with comic support in juggling three paramours from the Margoni household (June Marlowe, Phyllis Haver, Helen Lee Worthing), Warner Bros. having placed the fictional Spaniard in Borgian Rome, in Don Juan, 1926, also starring Mary Astor.
Don Juan (1926) - The Borgia After prologue on the youth of the title character, a leap to Borgia-ruled Rome, introducing Cesare (Warner Oland), Lucrezia (Estelle Taylor), Donati (Montagu Love), Spanish maiden della Varnese (Mary Astor) and dishy servant Maria (Myrna Loy), all awaiting John Barrymore, in Don Juan, 1926.
Don Juan (1926) - It's Death To Defy The Borgia Spanish Adriana (Mary Astor) and father (Josef Swickard) are introduced, intimidated, at the court of the Borgia, (Estelle Taylor, Warner Oland, Montagu Love as Donati) plotting while the title character (John Barrymore) arrives, distracted by a maid (Helene Costello), observed by Maria (Myrna Loy), in Don Juan, 1926.
Don Juan (1926) - We Have No Clever Enemies New acquaintance John Barrymore (title character) insinuating himself with Roman power player Lucrezia Borgia (Estelle Taylor), having intercepted a chalice she poisoned for his fellow Spaniard, the father of Adriana (Mary Astor), herself falling under his spell, in Don Juan, 1926.

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Family

Alan Crosland Jr
Son
Editor, director. Mother, Juanita Crawford.

Companions

Juanita Crawford
Wife
Elaine Hammerstein
Wife
Actor. Daughter of stage producer Arthur Hammerstein.
Natalie Moorehead
Wife

Bibliography