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

Famous Works

  • Credits; FIRST FILM WORK
  • Assistant publicist, then publicist, Warner Brothers, 1923.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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