O.A.C. Lund

Active - 1914 - 1919  |   Born - in Stockholm, Sweden  |   Died - 1963   |   Genres - Drama, Adventure, Comedy

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Known colloquially as "Director Alphabet," Swedish-born O.A.C. Lund became an important actor/director in the early American film industry, chiefly for the pioneer Eclair and World companies and often working in tandem with British actress Barbara Tennant. With Tennant as the star, Lund directed Eclair's first "feature" film, the three-reel Northwest melodrama Into the Wilderness (1914). The team continued their association at World in such feature films as the historical melodrama When Broadway Was a Trail (1914); the white slavery film A Marked Woman (1915); and an early version of Bret Harte's M'Liss (1915). Leaving World (and Miss Tennant) in 1916, Lund later directed Mother Love and the Law (1917), an exploitation melodrama based on a notorious Illinois child-custody case and starring the actual claimant Dolly Ledgerwood Matters. He continued to function as a director/writer/producer of mostly potboilers well into the 1920s before returning to his home country of Sweden, where he directed at least one film, Kärlek och Dynamit (Love and Dynamite) (1933).