Tag Archives: Hal Wallis

Dueling Anthems: Memo From Hal Wallis

70 years ago today, Casablanca premiered. Memo from Casablanca producer Hal Wallis to Max Steiner, composer: On the Marseilles, when it is played in the Cafe, don’t do it as though it was played by this small orchestra. Do it … Continue reading

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The Rewrite of Orpheus Descending: The Elvis Theory

There is some evidence (if you read between the lines) that Tennessee Williams rewrote his first play Battle of Angels into Orpheus Descending (which would later become the movie The Fugitive Kind, directed by Sidney Lumet) with Elvis Presley as … Continue reading

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Hal Wallis and Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley and Hal Wallis I’ve written before about Hal Wallis, and my admiration for not only his producing smarts, but how he exemplifies the artistic and intuitive producer (so so rare nowadays). His memos in re: Casablanca are not … Continue reading

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The Books: “Don’t Fall Off the Mountain” (Shirley MacLaine)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir:: Don’t Fall Off the Mountain, by Shirley MacLaine I wonder if Shirley MacLaine is bad at anything. I’m sure she is – and so she doesn’t spend her energies in those areas … or who … Continue reading

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Dueling Anthems: Memo From Hal Wallis

Memo from Casablanca producer Hal Wallis to Max Steiner, composer: On the Marseilles, when it is played in the Cafe, don’t do it as though it was played by this small orchestra. Do it with a full scoring orchestra and … Continue reading

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