Classic Film Club



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences


The Rose Tattoo

  • Oscar iconBest Motion Picture
The Rose Tattoo
  • The Rose Tattoo
  • 1955
  • Romantic Comedy


  • Oscar iconBest Picture
  • Becket
  • 1964
  • Biography

Anne of the Thousand Days

  • Oscar iconBest Picture
Anne of the Thousand Days
  • Anne of the Thousand Days
  • 1969
  • History


Hal B. Wallis

Hal B. Wallis (1938)



Hal B. Wallis was born Harold Brent Wallis in Chicago, Illinois, in 1899.

He moved to Los Angeles in his early 20s and got a job managing a theater for Warner Bros.   Studio head Jack L. Warner was impressed with his marketing skills and brought him into the publicity department.   In 1928, Wallis was promoted to the production department.   By 1933, he was running production for Warner Bros.

After clashing with Warner over who would accept the Best Picture Academy Award for Casablanca (1942), Wallis left to start his own production company in 1944.

He was credited with producing over 140 feature films during a career that lasted 45 years.   His last picture was released in 1975.

As a producer, Wallis was nominated for three Best Picture Academy Awards:

He married the comedic actress Louise Fazenda and they raised one child.   She passed away in 1962.   He married the actress Martha Hyer in 1966.

Wallis died in Rancho Mirage, California, in 1986, at the age of 87.

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Hal B. Wallis (c1968)
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Sergeant York

Sergeant York
  • Sergeant York
  • 1941
  • Gary Cooper plays Alvin York in this bio-pic about the highly decorated World War I veteran from Tennessee.


  • Casablanca
  • 1942
  • This classic WWII romance is about an expatriate bar owner in North Africa who must confront suppressed feelings when an old flame walks back into his life. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman star.

Now, Voyager

Now, Voyager
  • Now, Voyager
  • 1942
  • A woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown finally escapes her controlling mother at an upscale sanitarium and later shakily re-enters society on a sea cruise.   Bette Davis stars.

Sorry, Wrong Number

Sorry, Wrong Number
  • Sorry, Wrong Number
  • 1948
  • A drugstore heiress pursues and marries a man who becomes exasperated with the dead-end job he is given at her father’s company. Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster star.

Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Mary, Queen of Scots
  • 1971
  • In late 16th century England, Mary, widow of the King of France, returns home to claim the title of Queen of Scotland.   But both her brother and the Queen of England view her and her Catholic religion as a threat and collude to plot against her.

    Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, Patrick McGoohan, Timothy Dalton and Nigel Davenport star.

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