Alexander Hall


Director
Alexander Hall

About

Also Known As
Alexander C Hall, Al Hall, Alex Hall
Birth Place
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Born
January 11, 1894
Died
July 30, 1968
Cause of Death
Stroke

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 Rac...

Family & Companions

Lola Lane
Wife
Actor.

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.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Forever, Darling (1956)
Director
Let's Do It Again (1953)
Director
Because You're Mine (1952)
Director
Up Front (1951)
Director
Louisa (1950)
Director
Love That Brute (1950)
Director
The Great Lover (1949)
Director
Down to Earth (1947)
Director
She Wouldn't Say Yes (1945)
Director
The Heavenly Body (1944)
Director
Once Upon a Time (1944)
Director
They All Kissed the Bride (1942)
Director
My Sister Eileen (1942)
Director
Bedtime Story (1941)
Director
This Thing Called Love (1941)
Director
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
Director
The Doctor Takes A Wife (1940)
Director
He Stayed for Breakfast (1940)
Director
The Amazing Mr. Williams (1939)
Director
Good Girls Go to Paris (1939)
Director
The Lady's from Kentucky (1939)
Director
I Am the Law (1938)
Director
There's Always a Woman (1938)
Director
There's That Woman Again (1938)
Director
The Toast of New York (1937)
Director
Exclusive (1937)
Director
Give Us This Night (1936)
Director
Yours for the Asking (1936)
Director
Goin' to Town (1935)
Director
Annapolis Farewell (1935)
Director
Limehouse Blues (1934)
Director
Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen (1934)
Director
The Pursuit of Happiness (1934)
Director
Little Miss Marker (1934)
Director
Torch Singer (1933)
Director
The Girl in 419 (1933)
Director
Midnight Club (1933)
Director
Sinners in the Sun (1932)
Director
Madame Racketeer (1932)
Director
The White Monkey (1925)
Assistant Director
Heart of a Siren (1925)
Assistant Director

Assistant Direction (Feature Film)

The Great Well (1924)
Assistant Director
I Will Repay (1923)
Assistant Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Gambling Daughters (1941)
Dean
The Leech (1921)
Bill
Doing Their Bit (1918)
Miles O'Dowd
The Deemster (1917)
Davy, Dan's faithful friend
Miss U.S.A. (1917)
Clay Warfield

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Just Across the Street (1952)
Grip

Producer (Feature Film)

The Last Moment (1923)
Adv

Editing (Feature Film)

Full Battle Rattle (2008)
Editor
She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Film Editor
Woman Hungry (1931)
Editing
Broadminded (1931)
Editing
The Last Flight (1931)
Editing
Song of the Flame (1930)
Film Editor
Kismet (1930)
Film Editor
Synthetic Sin (1929)
Film Editor
Smiling Irish Eyes (1929)
Film Editor
The Crash (1928)
Film Editor
Lilac Time (1928)
Film Editor
Her Wild Oat (1927)
Film Editor
Miss Nobody (1926)
Film Editor
The Far Cry (1926)
Film Editor
The Girl From Montmartre (1926)
Film Editor

Art Director (Feature Film)

Pagliacci (1931)
Art Director

Visual Effects (Feature Film)

Law of the Timber (1941)
Special Effects

Life Events

1898

Made stage debut at age four

1914

Acted in the film "The Million Dollar Mystery"

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"

Videos

Movie Clip

There's Always A Woman (1938) - Go On With Your Quarrelling Bill (Melvyn Douglas), who doesn't know his wife Sally (Joan Blondell) has taken a case for his detective agency he thinks he just shut down, tries to keep up as she tracks the dinner party of her client (Mary Astor), in There's Always A Woman, 1938.
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) - He Keeps Telling Me I'm Dead We’ve just met sax-playing fighter Joe Pendleton (Robert Montgomery) who insisted on flying solo to New York, running into trouble and meeting supernatural Messenger 7013 (Edward Everett Horton) and his boss, Claude Rains, noted in the title, in director Alexander Hall’s Here Comes Mr. Jordan, 1941.
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) - Not Even In Heaven Heavenly Claude Rains (title character) and fighter Joe (Robert Montgomery), who was cremated while wrongly presumed dead, consider the body of millionaire Farnsworth, about to be murdered by his wife and secretary (Rita Johnson, John Emery), not anticipating Miss Logan (Evelyn Keyes), in Here Comes Mr Jordan, 1941.
My Sister Eileen (1942) -- Bustin' With Talent Dueling beaus Chic (Allyn Joslyn) and Lippincott (Richard Quine) joust over Eileen (Janet Blair), Ruth (Rosalind Russell) officiating until subway construction and various intruders (last Brian Aherne) overwhelm, in My Sister Eileen, 1942.
My Sister Eileen (1942) -- He's Not The Drug Store? Random gent (Chick Chandler) arrives looking for the previous tenant, confusing Eileen (Janet Blair) then Ruth (Rosalind Russell), "Wreck" (Gordon Jones) and wife (Jeff Donnell) then summoned, in My Sister Eileen, 1942.
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) - I Dont See Me Around Sax-playing fighter Joe (Robert Montgomery) and bumbling Messenger 7013 (Edward Everett Horton), who snatched him from a plane crash in which he would not have died, rush to the home of his manager Max (James Gleason), intending to install his person back into his body, in Here Comes Mr. Jordan, 1941.
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) - That's My Fight! Fighter Joe (Robert Young), inhabiting the body of millionaire Farnsworth, is celebrated for righting a financial wrong, escorted by his confused secretary (John Emery), when Messenger 7013 (Edward Everett Horton) and Claude Rains (title character) tell him they’ve found his new body, in Here Comes Mr. Jordan. 1941.
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) - I'll Play Your Favorite Tune Fighter Joe (Robert Montgomery), after an error by agents of the afterlife, still looks like himself to us, but he’s assumed the body of millionaire Farnsworth, and can’t convince his manager Max (James Gleason), without help from Claude Rains (title character), in Here Comes Mr. Jordan, 1941.
Down To Earth (1947) - He Just Doesn't Like Me Rita Hayworth is posing as actress "Kitty," really the goddess Terpsichore, persuading director Danny (Larry Parks) to make their show fancier, over the objections of his pal Eddie (Marc Platt) in the much-later musical sequel to Here Comes Mr. Jordan, 1941, Down To Earth, 1947.
They All Kissed The Bride (1942) - There's Nothing Libelous Opening scene, Joan Crawford and hairdo dominating the board-room, as trucking firm boss "MJ," in a role originally written for Carole Lombard, Andrew Tombes and Roland Young among her staff, in They All Kissed The Bride, 1942, also starring Melvyn Douglas.
They All Kissed The Bride (1942) - You Can Call Me Baby Neither knowing the others' identity, lady exec "MJ" (Joan Crawford), who tends to swoon when aroused, meets reporter Mike (Melvyn Douglas), who's been hounding her firm, as she tries to keep an old suitor off the grounds before her sister's wedding, in They All Kissed The Bride, 1942.
Down To Earth (1947) - Swinging The Muses Jack Cole was the choreographer, Rita Hayworth the star, playing Terpsichore the goddess posing on earth as showgirl "Kitty," in a production called "Swinging The Muses," in Columbia's Down To Earth, 1947.

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Companions

Lola Lane
Wife
Actor.

Bibliography