The Info List - Hal B. Wallis

Harold Brent Wallis (born Aaron Blum Wolowicz; October 19, 1898 – October 5, 1986) was an American film producer. He is best remembered for producing Casablanca (1942), The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Adventures of Robin Hood
(1938), and True Grit (1969), along with many other major films for Warner Bros. featuring such film stars as Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, and Errol Flynn. Later on, for a long period, he was connected with Paramount Pictures and oversaw films featuring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Elvis Presley, and John Wayne.


1 Life and career

1.1 Marriages

2 Death 3 Filmography 4 Academy Awards 5 References 6 External links

Life and career[edit] Aaron Blum Wolowicz was born October 19, 1898[2] in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Eva (née Blum) and Jacob Wolowicz, who were Ashkenazi Jews from the Suwałki
region of Poland
who changed their surname to Wallis.[3][4][5] His family moved in 1922 to Los Angeles, California, where he found work as part of the publicity department at Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
in 1923. Within a few years, Wallis became involved in the production end of the business and would eventually become head of production at Warner. In a career that spanned more than 50 years, he was involved with the production of more than 400 feature-length movies. Among the more significant movies he produced were Casablanca, Dark Victory, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Maltese Falcon, Sergeant York, and Now, Voyager. During the 16th Academy Awards, when the award for Best Picture was announced for Casablanca, Wallis got up to accept, but studio head Jack L. Warner
Jack L. Warner
rushed up to the stage "with a broad, flashing smile and a look of great self-satisfaction," Wallis later recalled. "I couldn't believe it was happening. Casablanca had been my creation; Jack had absolutely nothing to do with it. As the audience gasped, I tried to get out of the row of seats and into the aisle, but the entire Warner family sat blocking me. I had no alternative but to sit down again, humiliated and furious ... Almost forty years later, I still haven't recovered from the shock."[6] This incident would lead Wallis to leave Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
in April. Wallis started to work as an independent producer, enjoying considerable success both commercially and critically. The first screenwriters he hired for his new enterprise were Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand
and Lillian Hellman.[7] Among his financial hits were the Dean Martin
Dean Martin
and Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
comedies, and several of Elvis Presley's movies. He produced True Grit, for which John Wayne
John Wayne
won the Academy Award for Best Actor of 1969, and its sequel. After moving to Universal Pictures, he produced Mary, Queen of Scots (starring Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
and Glenda Jackson) and Anne of the Thousand Days (starring Richard Burton
Richard Burton
and Canadian-born actress Geneviève Bujold). He received 16 Academy Award producer nominations for Best Picture, winning for Casablanca in 1943. For his consistently high quality of motion picture production, he was twice honored with the Academy Awards' Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. He was also nominated for seven Golden Globe
Golden Globe
awards, twice winning awards for Best Picture. In 1975, he received the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille
Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures. In 1980, he published his autobiography, Starmaker, co-written with Charles Higham. In the 1930s, Wallis used his investment dollars to develop residential real estate in Sherman Oaks. He named one of the streets after himself using his nickname "Hal" and his nick-middle name "Brent". Halbrent Avenue, Sherman Oaks, CA is the street and most of the original homes are still standing today. Its very close to Ventura and Sepulveda Boulevards near the infamous Sherman Oaks Galleria used extensively in the 1982 movie romp Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Marriages[edit] Wallis was married twice, to actress Louise Fazenda
Louise Fazenda
from 1927 until her death in 1962, and to actress Martha Hyer
Martha Hyer
from 1966 until his death in 1986. he had one son with Fazenda, Brent Wallis [8] .[9] Death[edit] Wallis died in 1986 of complications of diabetes in Rancho Mirage, California, at the age of 88. News of his passing was not released until after his private memorial service was completed. U.S. President Ronald W. Reagan
Ronald W. Reagan
(who had worked for Wallis in On Santa Fe Trail and This Is the Army) sent condolences to the family.[10] Wallis is interred in a crypt at the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. Filmography[edit]

Little Caesar (1931) Central Airport (1933) The Petrified Forest
The Petrified Forest
(1936) Kid Galahad (1937) West of Shanghai
West of Shanghai
(1937) The Invisible Menace (1938) The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Adventures of Robin Hood
(1938) Comet Over Broadway (1938) Dark Victory
Dark Victory
(1939) The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
(1939) All This, and Heaven Too
All This, and Heaven Too
(1940) Castle on the Hudson
Castle on the Hudson
(1940) Santa Fe Trail (1940) Sergeant York (1941) The Maltese Falcon (1941) They Died with Their Boots On
They Died with Their Boots On
(1941) Casablanca (1942) Now, Voyager
Now, Voyager
(1942) Yankee Doodle Dandy
Yankee Doodle Dandy
(1942) This Is the Army
This Is the Army
(1943) Love Letters (1945) You Came Along
You Came Along
(1945) The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
(1946) Desert Fury
Desert Fury
(1947) So Evil My Love
So Evil My Love
(1948) The Fountainhead
The Fountainhead
(1949) Dark City (1950) The Furies (1950) The Rainmaker (1956) Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) Loving You (1957) King Creole
King Creole
(1958) Career (1959) G.I. Blues
G.I. Blues
(1960) Blue Hawaii
Blue Hawaii
(1961) Summer and Smoke (1961) Girls! Girls! Girls!
Girls! Girls! Girls!
(1962) Fun in Acapulco
Fun in Acapulco
(1963) Wives and Lovers (1963) Becket (1964) Roustabout (1964) The Sons of Katie Elder
The Sons of Katie Elder
(1965) Paradise, Hawaiian Style
Paradise, Hawaiian Style
(1966) Barefoot in the Park (1967) Easy Come, Easy Go (1967) True Grit (1969) Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) Mary, Queen of Scots (1971) Rooster Cogburn (1975)

Academy Awards[edit]

Year Award Film Winner

1931–32 Outstanding Production Five Star Final Irving Thalberg
Irving Thalberg
– Grand Hotel

1932–33 I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang Winfield Sheehan
Winfield Sheehan
– Cavalcade

1934 Flirtation Walk Harry Cohn
Harry Cohn
– It Happened One Night

1935 Captain Blood Irving Thalberg
Irving Thalberg
and Albert Lewin – Mutiny on the Bounty

1938 The Adventures of Robin Hood Frank Capra
Frank Capra
– You Can't Take It With You

Four Daughters


1940 All This, and Heaven Too David O. Selznick
David O. Selznick
– Rebecca

The Letter

1941 Outstanding Motion Picture The Maltese Falcon Darryl F. Zanuck
Darryl F. Zanuck
– How Green Was My Valley

One Foot in Heaven

Sergeant York

1942 Kings Row Sidney Franklin – Mrs. Miniver

Yankee Doodle Dandy

1943 Casablanca Won

Watch on the Rhine Hal B. Wallis
Hal B. Wallis
– Casablanca

1955 Best Motion Picture The Rose Tattoo Harold Hecht
Harold Hecht
– Marty

1964 Best Picture Becket Jack L. Warner
Jack L. Warner
– My Fair Lady

1969 Anne of the Thousand Days Jerome Hellman – Midnight Cowboy

1938 and 1943 Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Awards

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^ Hal B. Wallis
Hal B. Wallis
at Find a Grave ^ Cook County Birth Certificates. Wallis's birthdate has commonly been given as September 14, 1898, but the official birth record shows October 19, 1898. ^ [1] ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/46/Hal-Wallis.html ^ U.S. World War I Draft Registration card for Harold Blum Wallis; 1900 Census entry for "Aaron Wollowitch" and 1910 Census entry for "Harold Wolowitz" ^ Ronald Haver. "Casablanca: The Unexpected Classic". The Criterion Collection Online Cinematheque. Archived from the original on June 29, 2009. Retrieved January 8, 2010.  ^ Berliner, Michael, ed., Letters of Ayn Rand, New York: Dutton, 1995, p. 148. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1989/05/18/arts/a-california-museum-sues-over-hal-wallis-collection.html?mcubz=0 ^ New York Times: "HAL B. WALLIS, FILM PRODUCER, IS DEAD" by Tim page October 8, 1986 ^ "Producer Hall Wallis succumbs", Minden Press-Herald, Minden, Louisiana, October 8, 1986, p. 3B

External links[edit]

Hal B. Wallis
Hal B. Wallis
on IMDb Hal B. Wallis
Hal B. Wallis
at the TCM Movie Database Literature on Hal B. Wallis Hal Wallis papers, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Darryl F. Zanuck
Darryl F. Zanuck
(1938) Hal B. Wallis
Hal B. Wallis
(1939) David O. Selznick
David O. Selznick
(1940) Walt Disney
Walt Disney
(1942) Sidney Franklin (1943) Hal B. Wallis
Hal B. Wallis
(1944) Darryl F. Zanuck
Darryl F. Zanuck
(1945) Samuel Goldwyn
Samuel Goldwyn
(1947) Jerry Wald
Jerry Wald
(1949) Darryl F. Zanuck
Darryl F. Zanuck
(1951) Arthur Freed (1952) Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille
(1953) George Stevens
George Stevens
(1954) Buddy Adler (1957) Jack L. Warner
Jack L. Warner
(1959) Stanley Kramer
Stanley Kramer
(1962) Sam Spiegel
Sam Spiegel
(1964) William Wyler
William Wyler
(1966) Robert Wise
Robert Wise
(1967) Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
(1968) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1971) Lawrence Weingarten (1974) Mervyn LeRoy
Mervyn LeRoy
(1976) Pandro S. Berman
Pandro S. Berman
(1977) Walter Mirisch (1978) Ray Stark (1980) Albert R. Broccoli
Albert R. Broccoli
(1982) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1986) Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1988) David Brown and Richard D. Zanuck
Richard D. Zanuck
(1991) George Lucas
George Lucas
(1992) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1995) Saul Zaentz
Saul Zaentz
(1997) Norman Jewison
Norman Jewison
(1999) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(2000) Dino De Laurentiis
Dino De Laurentiis
(2001) John Calley (2009) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola

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Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille

Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille
(1952) Walt Disney
Walt Disney
(1953) Darryl F. Zanuck
Darryl F. Zanuck
(1954) Jean Hersholt
Jean Hersholt
(1955) Jack L. Warner
Jack L. Warner
(1956) Mervyn LeRoy
Mervyn LeRoy
(1957) Buddy Adler (1958) Maurice Chevalier
Maurice Chevalier
(1959) Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby
(1960) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1961) Judy Garland
Judy Garland
(1962) Bob Hope
Bob Hope
(1963) Joseph E. Levine
Joseph E. Levine
(1964) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1965) John Wayne
John Wayne
(1966) Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
(1967) Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
(1968) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1969) Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford
(1970) Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1971) Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
(1972) Samuel Goldwyn
Samuel Goldwyn
(1973) Bette Davis
Bette Davis
(1974) Hal B. Wallis
Hal B. Wallis
(1975) Walter Mirisch (1977) Red Skelton
Red Skelton
(1978) Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
(1979) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
(1980) Gene Kelly
Gene Kelly
(1981) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(1982) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1983) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1984) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(1985) Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
(1986) Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn
(1987) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1988) Doris Day
Doris Day
(1989) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
(1990) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1991) Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum
(1992) Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
(1993) Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(1994) Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
(1995) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1996) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1997) Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1998) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1999) Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(2000) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2001) Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
(2002) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(2003) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2004) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(2005) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(2006) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(2007) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(2009) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(2010) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(2011) Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(2012) Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
(2013) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(2014) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2015) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2016) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2017) Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey

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Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama


The Song of Bernadette (1943) Going My Way
Going My Way
(1944) The Lost Weekend (1945) The Best Years of Our Lives
The Best Years of Our Lives
(1946) Gentleman's Agreement (1947) Johnny Belinda / The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) All the King's Men (1949)


Sunset Boulevard (1950) A Place in the Sun (1951) The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) On the Waterfront
On the Waterfront
(1954) East of Eden (1955) Around the World in 80 Days (1956) The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai
(1957) The Defiant Ones (1958) Ben-Hur (1959)


Spartacus (1960) The Guns of Navarone (1961) Lawrence of Arabia (1962) The Cardinal
The Cardinal
(1963) Becket (1964) Doctor Zhivago (1965) A Man for All Seasons (1966) In the Heat of the Night (1967) The Lion in Winter (1968) Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)


Love Story (1970) The French Connection (1971) The Godfather
The Godfather
(1972) The Exorcist (1973) Chinatown (1974) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) Rocky
(1976) The Turning Point (1977) Midnight Express (1978) Kramer vs. Kramer
Kramer vs. Kramer


Ordinary People
Ordinary People
(1980) On Golden Pond (1981) E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
(1982) Terms of Endearment
Terms of Endearment
(1983) Amadeus (1984) Out of Africa (1985) Platoon (1986) The Last Emperor
The Last Emperor
(1987) Rain Man
Rain Man
(1988) Born on the Fourth of July (1989)


Dances with Wolves
Dances with Wolves
(1990) Bugsy
(1991) Scent of a Woman (1992) Schindler's List
Schindler's List
(1993) Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump
(1994) Sense and Sensibility (1995) The English Patient (1996) Titanic (1997) Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan
(1998) American Beauty (1999)


Gladiator (2000) A Beautiful Mind (2001) The Hours (2002) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) The Aviator (2004) Brokeback Mountain
Brokeback Mountain
(2005) Babel (2006) Atonement (2007) Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire
(2008) Avatar (2009)


The Social Network
The Social Network
(2010) The Descendants
The Descendants
(2011) Argo (2012) 12 Years a Slave (2013) Boyhood (2014) The Revenant (2015) Moonlight (2016) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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