Hal Wallis

Though the name Hal Wallis may not be as familiar as the names of other producers during Hollywood’s Golden Age, his career is well worth studying. The films he produced are certainly remembered today, including Jezebel (1938), Casablanca (1942), Now, Voyager (1942), and more.

In Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars by Bernard F. Dick, Dick examines the overlooked contributions of Wallis. Delving into his early years as a salesman and on to his time managing a Los Angeles movie theater, Dick chronicles Wallis’s rise to success. Wallis spent time working as a publicity assistant for Warner Bros., and rose through the ranks as department director, studio manager, and production executive. He would go on to form his own production company by 1944.

For this work, Dick consulted Walis’s personal production files and conducted exclusive interviews. In doing so, Dick creates a well-documented portrait of Wallis’s professional life.

Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars is available for purchase via the University Press of Kentucky.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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1 Response to Hal Wallis

  1. Hi Annette, thanks for alerting us to this book. I’ve long though that someone should write a biography of this man whose track record was hard to better.

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