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Alfred Santell (1895–1981)

American director, billed early in his career as' Al' Santell. A former architect (graduate of Los Angeles University) he began in the movie industry in 1914 as a general factotum at the Lubinville Studio in Philadelphia before working his way up the ladder to director/scenarist in which capacity he handled one- and two-reel short comedy subjects ... See full bio »

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 1945 Mexicana
 1944 The Hairy Ape
 1943 Jack London
 1936 Winterset
 1933 Bondage
 1931 Sob Sister
 1931 Body and Soul
 1930 The Sea Wolf
 1929 Twin Beds
 1928 Show Girl
 1927 The Gorilla
 1926 Subway Sadie
 1926 Sweet Daddies
 1925 Classified (as Alfred A. Santell)
 1925 Parisian Nights (as Al Santell)
 1925 Breaking the Ice (Short) (as Al Santell)
 1924 The Man Who Played Square (as Al Santell)
 1924 Empty Hearts
 1923 Lights Out
 1923 Winner Take All (Short) (as Al Santell)
 1923 Monkeying Around (Short) (as Al Santell)
 1923 Tin Knights in a Hallroom (Short) (as Al Santell)
 1923 Only a Husband (Short) (as Al Santell)
 1923 West Is East (Short) (as Al Santell)
 1922/II My Mistake (Short) (as Al Santell)
 1922/II High Flyers (Short) (as Al Santell)
 1922 All at Sea (Short)
 1922 The New Mama (Short) (as Al Santell)
 1922 Wildcat Jordan (as Al Santell)
 1922 Hale and Hearty (Short)
 1920 A Wild Night (Short)
 1920 Rings and Things (Short) (as Al Santell)
 1920 Pills for Papa (Short)
 1920 Thirty Minutes in Havana (Short)
 1919/II Seeing Things (Short) (as Al Santell)
 1919 Babies Is Babies (Short) (as Al Santell)
 1919 One Lovely Night (Short) (as Al Santell)
 1919 As You Were (Short) (as Al Santell)
 1919 Two Tired (Short) (as Al Santell)
 1919 Stop, Cease, Hesitate (Short) (as Al Santell)
 1918 Bill Settles Down (Short)
 1918 O, Susie Behave (Short) (as Al Santell)
 1918 The Pursuing Package (Short) (as Al Santell)
 1918 Some Job (Short)
 1918 Home, James (Short)
 1918 Main 1-2-3 (Short) (as Al Santell)
 1918 The Stolen Keyhole (Short) (as Al Santell)
 1918 Pink Pajamas (Short) (as Al Santell)
 1918 At Swords' Point (Short)
 1918 Vamping the Vamp (Short)
 1917 Out of the Bag (Short)
 1917 A Bathtub Bandit (Short)
 1917 Whirlwind of Whiskers (Short)
 1917 The Magic Jazz-Bo (Short)
 1917 The Boot and the Loot (Short)
 1917 Politics in Pumpkin Center (Short) (as Al Santell)
 1917 Seaside Romeos (Short)
 1917 A Day Out of Jail (Short)
 1917 The Hobo Raid (Short)
 1917 Bandit Beware! (Short)
 1917 Doubles and Troubles (Short)
 1917 The Deadly Doughnut (Short)
 1917 A Misfit Millionaire (Short)
 1917 The Bogus Bride (Short)
 1917 Bulls or Bullets (Short)
 1917 Efficiency Experts (Short)
 1917 Beloved Rogues (as Al Santel)
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Alternate Names:

Al Santel | Alfred A. Santell | Al Santell


5' 7½" (1.71 m)


Jane Keithley  (her death)

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