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Hal Wallis Biography (1898-1986)
Full name, Hal Brent Wallis; born September 14, 1898, in Chicago, IL; died after a long illness in Rancho Mirage, CA, October 5, 1986; son of Jacob and Eva (Blum) Wallis; married Louise Fazenda (an actress), November 24, 1927 (died, 1962); married Martha Hyer (an actress), 1969; children: Hal Brent.
Of his four hundred films, one hundred thirty earned Academy Award nominations and thirty-two won Oscars. In its obituary notice of October 7, 1986, Variety quoted Hal Wallis on his success: "I have been a pretty lucky fellow. On the whole, my career is a testimonial to the basic generosity of the human race. Throughout life, I've had the good fortune of knowing people who were ready to give a man a boost up the ladder."
- Birth Details
- September 14, 1898
- Chicago, Illinois, United States
Credits; FIRST FILM WORK
- Assistant publicist, then publicist, Warner Brothers, 1923.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM WORK
- Publicist, The Mine with the Iron Door, Principal Pictures Corporation, 1924.
- publicist, Don Juan, Warner Brothers, 1926.
- studio manager, then production manager, The Jazz Singer, First National(a Warner Brothers subsidiary), 1927.
Credits; PRODUCER; AT WARNER BROTHERS
- Little Caesar, 1930.
- Five Star Final, 1931.
- I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, 1932.
- The World Changes and Gold Diggers of 1933, both 1933.
- Flirtation Walk, 1934.
- Captain Blood, Sweet Adeline, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Story of Louis Pasteur, and G Men, all 1935.
- The Charge of the Light Brigade, 1936.
- Stolen Holiday, Green Light, Kid Galahad, The Life of Emile Zola, Confession, and Tovarich, all 1937.
- The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Dawn Patrol, and The Sisters, all 1938.
- They Made Me a Criminal, Juarez, Daughters Courageous, The Roaring Twenties, The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, We Are Not Alone, and The Old Maid, all 1939.
- The Story of Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet, All This, and Heaven Too, The Sea Hawk, They Drive by Night, A Dispatch from Reuters, and The Letter, all 1940.
- The Great Lie, The Sea Wolf, The Strawberry Blond, Manpower, The Bride Came C.O.D., Sergeant York, The Maltese Falcon, They Died with Their Boots On,and High Sierra, all 1941.
- King's Row, The Male Animal, and Desperate Journey, all 1942.
- Yankee Doodle Dandy, Casablanca, Air Force, and Watch on the Rhine, all 1943.
- Passage to Marseilles, 1944.
- Love Letters and You Came Along, both 1945.
- Saratoga Trunk, The Searching Wind, and The Strange Love of Martha Ivers,all 1946.
- I Walk Alone, 1947.
- PRODUCER; AT PARAMOUNT,EXCEPT AS NOTED Sorry, Wrong Number, 1948.
- The Accused, My Friend Irma, and Rope of Sand, all 1949.
- Paid in Full, The Furies, and Dark City, all 1950.
- September Affair, Peking Express, and Red Mountain, all 1951.
- Come Back, Little Sheba and Scared Stiff, both 1953.
- About Mrs. Leslie, 1954.
- The Rose Tattoo and Artists and Models, both 1955.
- Hollywood or Bust and The Rainmaker, both 1956.
- Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and Loving You, both 1957.
- Last Train from Gun Hill, 1958.
- Wild Is the Wind, Sad Sack, Don't Give Up the Ship, and Hot Spell, all 1959.
- G.I. Blues, King Creole, Visit to a Small Planet, and All in a Night's Work, all 1960.
- Blue Hawaii and Summer and Smoke, both 1961.
- A Girl Named Tamiko and Girls! Girls! Girls!, both 1962.
- Wives and Lovers and Fun in Acapulco, both 1963.
- Becket, 1964.
- Roustabout, Wives and Lovers, Boeing Boeing, The Sons of Katie Elder, andEasy Come, Easy Go, all 1965.
- Barefoot in the Park and Five Card Stud, both 1966.
- Anne of the Thousand Days, Universal, 1969.
- True Grit, 1969.
- Norwood, 1970.
- Mary Queen of Scots and Shootout, both Universal, 1971.
- The Public Eye and The Nelson Affair, both Universal, 1972.
- Bequest to the Nation and The Don Is Dead, both Universal, 1973.
- Rooster Cogburn, Universal, 1975.