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Hal Kanter

  • Highest Rated: 100% Lunch (2012)
  • Lowest Rated: 29% Blue Hawaii (1961)
  • Birthday: Dec 18, 1918
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Growing up Jewish in the Deep South required writer/director Hal Kanter to develop a strong sense of humor as a defensive mechanism. Kanter's professional career began with gag contributions for radio and nightclub comedians. Flourishing in TV's Golden Age, Kanter was a member of the Emmy-winning writing team of The George Gobel Show; on the film front, he wrote scripts and special material for the likes of Bob Hope and Martin and Lewis. Kanter made his film directorial debut with Elvis Presle's Loving You (1957), which, though panned on its first release, made a lot of money and holds up admirably when seen today. Unfortunately Kanters next directing job, the 1957 George Gobel movie vehicle I Married a Woman was an exercise in mediocrity. Once Upon a Horse (1957) was an attempt by Kanter to make movie stars of Rowan and Martin the film was a frequently witty western parody (written as well as directed by Kanter), but a bit too "inside" for general audiences of the era. Returning to television, Kanter was the creative force behind the popular 1968 sitcom Julia a sociologically important effort in that it was the first weekly TV program to star a young black woman (Diahann Carroll) in a non-subservient role. In 1976, Kanter was appointed head writer for Bob Hope, who shed himself of his long-time writing staff in hopes of coming up with "something new" (Kanter tried hard, but in the end Bob decided to fall back on the old tricks that had served him so well for forty years). Also during the '70s, Kanter became executive producer of All in the Family, which proved an ideal outlet for the writer's characteristic blend of sarcastic one-liners and sitcom sentimentality. In 1989, Hal Kanter was honored by the Writers' Guild with the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award; subsequently, he became a prolific on-camera interviewee in retrospective documentaries devoted to film and TV comedy.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

100% Lunch Actor 2012
No Score Yet For the Love of It Director 1980
No Score Yet Dear Brigitte Screenwriter 1965
No Score Yet Move Over Darling Screenwriter 1963
63% Pocketful of Miracles Screenwriter 1961
29% Blue Hawaii Screenwriter 1961
No Score Yet Bachelor in Paradise Screenwriter 1961
64% Let's Make Love Screenwriter 1960
No Score Yet Mardi Gras Screenwriter 1958
No Score Yet I Married a Woman Director 1958
No Score Yet I Married a Woman Director 1958
No Score Yet Loving You Director 1957
80% The Rose Tattoo Screenwriter 1955
78% Artists and Models Screenwriter 1955
No Score Yet About Mrs. Leslie Screenwriter 1954
No Score Yet Casanova's Big Night Screenwriter 1954
No Score Yet Money from Home Screenwriter 1953
No Score Yet Here Come the Girls (Champagne for Everybody) Screenwriter 1953
71% Road to Bali Screenwriter 1952
No Score Yet My Favorite Spy Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet Two Tickets to Broadway Screenwriter 1951

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
Screenwriter Executive Producer
  • 1975

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