Oscar Directors: Hall, Alexander (1894-1968)

Director Alexander Hall, was born on January 11, 1894, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Hall acted in the theatre from childhood until 1914, when he began to work in silent movies.  After his military service in World War I, he pursued a career in film production. He worked as a film editor and assistant director at Paramount until 1932, when he directed his first feature, Sinners in the Sun.

From 1937 to 1947, he was a contract director at Columbia, where he earned a reputation for sophisticated comedies. He was nominated once for the Best Director Oscar for Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941).

Hall was married to actress Lola Lane from 1934 to 1936, and engaged briefly to Lucille Ball, who left him for Desi Arnaz. The couple later hired him to direct their 1956 film Forever, Darling.

Hall died of stroke complications in San Francisco on July 30, 1968 at the age of 74.


Select Filmography

A Game of Craft (1922)

Miss Nobody (1926)

Sinners in the Sun (1932)

Madame Racketeer (1932)

The Girl in 419 (1933)

Midnight Club (1933)

Torch Singer (1933)

Little Miss Marker (1934)

Miss Fane’s Baby Is Stolen (1934)

The Lady’s from Kentucky (1939)

This Thing Called Love (1940)

Bedtime Story (1941)

Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

My Sister Eileen (1942)

They All Kissed the Bride (1942)

The Great Lover (1949)

Louisa (1950)

Because You’re Mine (1952)

Let’s Do It Again (1953)

Forever, Darling (1956)