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Hal B. Wallis
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Producer
    (September 14, 1898-October 5, 1986)
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Birth name was Harold Brent Walinsky
    Head of production at Warner Brothers (1933-44)
    Produced 'Captain Blood' (1935), 'The Petrified Forest' (1936), 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' (1938), 'Dark Victory' (1939), 'Sargent York' (1941), 'The Maltese Falcon' (1941), 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' (1942), 'Now, Voyager' (1942), 'Casablanca' (1942), 'This Is The Army' (1943), 'My Friend Irma' (1949), 'Come Back, Little Sheba' (1952), 'Scared Stiff' (1953), 'The Rose Tattoo' (1955), 'The Rainmaker' (1956), 'Hollywood or Bust' (1956), 'Loving You' (1957), 'King Creole' (1958), 'G.L. Blues' (1960), 'Blue Hawaii' (1962), 'Becket' (1964), 'The Sons of Katie Elder' (1965), 'True Grit' (1969), 'Anne of the Thousand Days' (1969) and 'Rooster Cogburn' (1975)
    He tried to obscure the year of his birth, noting just that it was 'near the beginning of the century.'
    His first job at Warner Brothers was taking Rin Tin Tin on tours as the dog's publicity agent.
    He left Warner Brothers because he was ticked off that Jack Warner accepted the Best Picture Oscar for 'Casablanca' instead of leaving the honor to him. (AMPAS would not formally decide that the Best Picture Oscar went to the film's producer until 1951.)
    At fourteen, he had to quit school and help support his mother and sisters when his father abandoned the family.
    He produced the film 'Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet' as a response to Hitler claiming, 'A scientific discovery by a Jew is worthless.'
    He wrote 'Casablanca's famed closing line, 'Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.'
    Katherine Hepburn said, 'He was a delight to know, to work for.'

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