Loving You Director Hal Kanter (92) Died

Hal Kanter, an Emmy Award-winning comedy writer, and a director and producer whose career included writing for Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, directing Elvis Presley and creating a landmark 1960s TV series starring Diahann Carroll, has died. He was 92.

Among his movie credits as a writer are Hope and Crosby's "Road to Bali," Hope's "Bachelor in Paradise" and Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis' "Money from Home" and "Artists and Models" — as well as the movies "Pocket Full of Miracles" and "Move Over, Darling".

He also directed Presley in the 1957 movie "Loving You," which Kanter co-wrote; and he wrote the screenplay for Presley's 1961 film "Blue Hawaii." And in a change of pace from comedy, he collaborated with Tennessee Williams on the 1955 screen adaptation of Williams' drama "The Rose Tattoo."

Kanter's longest-running writing job was the annual Academy Awards ceremony. Beginning in 1952, a year before the broadcast moved from radio to television, he wrote for the Oscar show at least 33 years. In 1991 and 1992, Kanter was among the Oscar show writers who shared Emmys for outstanding writing in a variety or music program.

Source: ElvisMatters / Updated: Nov 9, 2011 
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rai (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 15, 2011report abuse
RIP Mr Kanter. You'll forever be remembered by us (Elvis fans)
al shookup (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 10, 2011report abuse
A talented man...good innings!
circleG (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 10, 2011report abuse
some great interview snippets are on the 'Elvis in hollywood - the 50s'. Kanter used stuff that he saw happen in the audience at Elvis' gigs for the movie. Time for a blu-ray release of this movie.
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 10, 2011report abuse
Great R&R film.Will we ever see the alternative ending,I very much doubt it. R.I.P. Mr Kanter
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 9, 2011report abuse
Sad News. Hal Kanter, was a very sucessful behind the scenes man, who made it all work, in Hollywood. I always liked hearing Mr. Kanter, speak of Elvis, Its obvious, Hal Kanter, had lots of respect for Elvis.

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