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Hal Kanter

Highest Rated:   100% Lunch (2012)
Lowest Rated:   17% Blue Hawaii (1961)
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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
17% Blue Hawaii
  • Screenwriter
1961
No Score Yet Bachelor in Paradise
  • Screenwriter
1961
67% 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
71% 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
No Score Yet Road to Bali
  • Screenwriter
1952
No Score Yet My Favorite Spy
  • Screenwriter
1951
No Score Yet Two Tickets to Broadway
  • Screenwriter
1951

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