Alfred Santell

Alfred Allen Santell, also known as Al Santell (1895–1981), was an American film director and film producer.[1][2][3]

Alfred Santell
BornSeptember 14, 1895
San Francisco, California, United States
DiedJune 19, 1981(1981-06-19) (aged 85)
Salinas, California, United States
Resting placeSalinas, California
OccupationFilm director
Years active1915–1946

Santell directed over 60 films, beginning in 1917, most of which were two-reel comedy short subjects for Hal Roach and other productions companies. Taking up feature films from about 1924, Santell worked for several major studios.

In 1934, he was married to actress Jane N. Keithley; they remained married until her death.[4]

He left the business in 1947 after a contract dispute with Republic Studios.[5]

Santell died on June 19, 1981 in Salinas, California.

Partial filmography


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  2. Hall, Mordaunt (1928-11-05). "Movie Review". Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  3. "Alfred Santell". Turner Classic Movies. 2017. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  4. "Film Director Weds Actress". New York Times. 1934-05-27. p. 29.
  5. Brady, Thomas F. (1947-07-23). "Producer and Company Decide to Part After Disagreement on Budget for New Film". New York Times.

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