Hal Walker


Hal Walker (March 20, 1896 – July 3, 1972) was an American film director. He was known for doing some of the earliest Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis films such as At War with the Army and Sailor Beware and some with the team of Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, directing Road to Utopia and Road to Bali.

Hal Walker
Born(1896-03-20)March 20, 1896
DiedJuly 3, 1972(1972-07-03) (aged 76)
OccupationAssistant director and director
Years active1935-1953

Early yearsEdit

Walker was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, and was a private in the Marine Corps during World War I. After he was discharged, he drove a taxi in Chicago for two years. He also was a traveling salesman for a company that made dress patterns.[1]


After beginning in the film industry as an extra and a player of bit parts, Walker worked for years as an assistant director in films, learning the business "from the ground up".[1] His big break came when Crosby, Hope, and Dorothy Lamour urged executives at Paramount Pictures to give him an opportunity to be a director.[1]

Walker was nominated at the 10th Academy Awards in the category of Best Assistant Director for the film Souls at Sea.[2]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b c Myers, Robert (August 26, 1945). "Brains, ability, backers . . . Hal Walker has 'em all". Tampa Bay Times. p. 37. Retrieved June 9, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "The 10th Academy Awards (1938) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org. Retrieved March 26, 2014.

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