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Alfred Santell

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Alfred Santell enrolled in Los Angeles University with the intention of becoming an architect. However, Santell derived more pleasure from writing and publishing short stories than drawing up blueprints. In the infant film industry from 1914, the teen-aged Santell worked as a jack-of-all-trades at the Lubin Studios, then went on direct one- and two-reelers for Mack Sennett and other producers. While at Kalem, Santell piloted several entries in the long-running "Ham and Bud" comedy series. His first feature-length directorial assignment, which he also scripted, was 1920's It Might Happen to You. Santell spent the 1920s as the busy but relatively anonymous director of such self-starting luminaries as Gloria Swanson, Richard Barthelmess and George Arliss. He made a graceful transition to talkies in 1929, continuing to turn out fine work for MGM, Fox, Paramount, RKO and the rest of the front-rank studios. Thanks to their current public-domain status, Santell's unstagey film adaptations of Maxwell Anderson's Winterset (1935) and Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape (1943) are among the director's best-known works. Having directed the first talkie version of Jack London's The Sea Wolf in 1930, Santell was a natural choice to helm the 1944 biopic Jack London, which has also become a familiar TV and home-video attraction since slipping into public domain. Alfred Santell both produced and directed many of his later theatrical features, including Mexicana (1945) and That Brennan Girl (1946); after 1950, he worked exclusively in television.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet That Brennan Girl
  • Director
  • Producer
1946
No Score Yet The Hairy Ape
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Jack London
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet Having Wonderful Time
  • Director
1938
No Score Yet Internes Can't Take Money (You Can't Take Money)
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Breakfast For Two
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Winterset
  • Director
1936
No Score Yet Harmony Lane
  • Director
1935
No Score Yet The Right to Romance
  • Director
1933
No Score Yet Polly of the Circus
  • Director
1932
No Score Yet The Patent Leather Kid
  • Director
1927
No Score Yet Orchids and Ermine
  • Director
1927
No Score Yet The Man Who Played Square
  • Director
1924
No Score Yet Sob Sister
  • Director

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