At 18, Hal Kanter first came to Hollywood to work as the ghost writer for a comic strip for the princely sum of $10 per week - before he was fired. It was then he heard an Eddie Cantor radio show and realised that he could write better jokes than the famed comedian's writers were providing him. Interestingly enough, Cantor's writers agreed with him, at least to some degree, and hired the brash young man to work with them on the Jack Oakie radio show. Thus was born one of the more interesting and varied careers in Hollywood. Kanter's writing career went from radio shows to screenplays to television series. Along the way he worked with such luminaries as Bob Hope, Frank Capra, Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and a host of others. Awarded an Emmy for writing The George Gobel Show, he was the creator of Julia, the ground-breaking television series. Though he went on to enjoy great success as a producer and director, Kanter always considered himself, first and foremost, a writer. And just how many scripts has he written? ""More than I can lift,"" he says.
Hal Kanter continues to write, produce and direct in Encino, California. He has cowritten 28 Academy Awards shows.
Table of Contents Preview ix1. Hal Did a Lot for Our Family 12. The Advantage of Being on the Bottom 83. The Happy Hour of Eternity 124. Do Ducks Waddle? 165. I Do All of My Work Sitting Down 216. Romance Into Marriage 26 7. Spice to My Conversation 328. Whether It Happened or Not 399. Everybody Knows It's Raining 4410. Why Aren't I Wet? 5011. His Dentist Was a Proctologist 5712. Only a Pig 6513. An Honest Living 7214. 'Til I Say It Is 7715. A Virtue I Do Not Possess 8316. An Apology 8717. My One Goal 9018. "Shit," He Said Brie?y 9619. Even Inanimate Objects 9920. Hollywood's Lesson 10421. No Small Parts 10822. Some People Are So Sensitive 11523. I'm O.K. 11924. No Good Can Come of It 12625. What a Lamp Post Thinks of Dogs 13126. By Words Alone 13827. If Writers Were Good Businessmen 14128. A Clean Sheet of Paper 14629. If Lincoln Were Alive Today 15030. But Why Should I Depress You? 15631. Always a Beginner 16332. Ten Percent of Everything 16933. No Reason to Regret It 17534. I'd Rather Have Cocoa 18335. I Forgot to Write It Down 18736. Three People Have a Baby 19337. If You See My Producer 19738. On Schedule 20439. Without Music 20940. The Show Goes On 21641. Still Frisky 22242. The Gift of Laughter 22843. Expressing Ourselves 23644. When My Comedy Succeeds 24045. What Critics Say 24746. Hamlet's Experiences 25447. Feed Gravel to His Oxen 26448. The Big Show 27149. You're Going to Love Melbourne 27750. If You Live Long Enough 285Index 293