Hall Bartlett


Director, Producer

About

Also Known As
Herbert Hall Bartlett
Birth Place
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Born
November 27, 1922
Died
September 08, 1993
Cause of Death
Complications Following Hip Surgery

Biography

Producer-director-writer who formed his own production company in 1952 and helmed 14 films between 1952 and 1982. A filmmaker with a mystical bent, a love of nature and an interest in minorities and the oppressed, Bartlett got off to a good start with his first feature, "Navajo" (1952), the story of a Native American boy who runs away from white culture when he is dragged off to school a...

Family & Companions

Rhonda Fleming
Wife
Actor. Married in 1966; divorced in 1972.
Lupita Ferrer
Wife
Married in 1977; divorced.
Maria Corazon
Companion

Bibliography

"The Rest of Our Lives"
Hall Bartlett (1987)

Biography

Producer-director-writer who formed his own production company in 1952 and helmed 14 films between 1952 and 1982. A filmmaker with a mystical bent, a love of nature and an interest in minorities and the oppressed, Bartlett got off to a good start with his first feature, "Navajo" (1952), the story of a Native American boy who runs away from white culture when he is dragged off to school and eventually outwits his pursuers. He followed up with the first of three films to feature footballer Elroy Hirsch, "Crazylegs" (1953), with the former running back playing himself.

Over the next few decades Bartlett drifted into and out of the studio system, helming the prison melodrama "Unchained" (1954) for Warners, and the inspiration for the spoof "Airplane," "Zero Hour" (1957), for Paramount. He limited himself to impersonal producing chores on several MGM films during the 60s, including "Sol Madrid" (1968) and the Bob Hope vehicle, "A Global Affair" (1964). The films on which he filled multiple roles vary from the campy shlock mental asylum melodrama "The Caretakers" (1963), with Joan Crawford as a nasty nurse, to the well-intended but routine racial drama set during the Civil War, "All the Young Men" (1960), pitting a fading Alan Ladd against an ascendant Sidney Poitier. Two of Bartlett's more personal films featured his stepson by actress Rhonda Fleming, Kent Lane, in the leading role: "Changes" (1968), a story of restless youth, and "The Wild Pack" (1972), a tale of homeless orphans in Brazil. As with most of his other films, though, results never quite equalled aspirations.

Bartlett followed up with what is unfortunately his best-remembered effort, the boring and rather silly existential quest of a beatified birdie, "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" (1973). Despite having a basis in Richard Bach's best-selling EST-ified book, extensive consumer tie-ins and some stunning aerial cinematography, the film flopped with both critics and public alike. The undaunted indie continued on pursuing his singular vision, though, turning out the sympathetic but stodgy "The Children of Sanchez" (1978) and his last effort, "Comeback" (1982), which told the factual story of an Australian reporter attempting to rescue a Laotian girl in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Public disputes between Bartlett and star Michael Landon did not help the film (later released to TV as "Love Is Forever"). A highly respected filmmaker in Europe, Bartlett never quite achieved a really outstanding or important film, but his oeuvre does occasionally suggest the chances postwar independent filmmakers could take in terms of subject matter.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Love Is Forever (1983)
Director
Comeback (1982)
Director
The Children of Sanchez (1978)
Director
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)
Director
The Wild Pack (1972)
Director
Changes (1969)
Director
The Caretakers (1963)
Director
All the Young Men (1960)
Director
Drango (1957)
Director
Zero Hour! (1957)
Director
Unchained (1955)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Jet Pilot (1957)
Sergeant
Navajo (1952)
Indian school counselor
The Wild Blue Yonder (1951)
Lt. Jorman
Let's Dance (1950)
Guest
The Paleface (1948)
Handsome cowboy
Isn't It Romantic (1948)
Carter Dixon

Writer (Feature Film)

Love Is Forever (1983)
Screenplay
Comeback (1982)
Screenwriter
The Children of Sanchez (1978)
Screenplay
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)
Screenplay
The Wild Pack (1972)
Writer
Changes (1969)
Screenwriter
The Caretakers (1963)
Story
All the Young Men (1960)
Writer
Zero Hour! (1957)
Screenwriter
Drango (1957)
Writer
Unchained (1955)
Screenwriter
Crazylegs (1954)
Writer

Producer (Feature Film)

Love Is Forever (1983)
Producer
Comeback (1982)
Producer
The Children of Sanchez (1978)
Producer
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)
Producer
The Wild Pack (1972)
Producer
Changes (1969)
Producer
Sol Madrid (1968)
Producer
A Global Affair (1964)
Producer
The Caretakers (1963)
Producer
All the Young Men (1960)
Producer
Drango (1957)
Producer
Unchained (1955)
Producer
Crazylegs (1954)
Producer
Navajo (1952)
Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Crazylegs (1954)
Composer

Production Companies (Feature Film)

Changes (1969)
Company
A Global Affair (1964)
Company
The Caretakers (1963)
Company
Zero Hour! (1957)
Company
Unchained (1955)
Company

Life Events

1952

Moved to Los Angeles

1952

Founded Hall Bartlett Productions; produced first film, "Navajo" (also acted)

1953

First screenplay filmed, and first of three films made featuring football player-turned-actor Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, "Crazylegs", a biopic with Hirsch playing himself

1954

Directed first film, "Unchained" (also produced and wrote)

1973

Produced, directed and adapted the screenplay (from Richard Bach's best-seller) of his best-known film, "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"

Videos

Movie Clip

All The Young Men (1950) - October 11, 1950 Wholly factual framing by writer-producer-director Hall Bartlett, for his fictional story and USMC unit, introducing top-billed Sidney Poitier and (co-producer) Alan Ladd, along wtih Charles Quinlivan, boxer Ingemar Johansson, comic Mort Sahl et al, camera by Daniel Fapp on location at Glacier National Park, opening All The Young Men, 1960.
All The Young Men (1960) - I'm A Madman Heavyweight champ Ingemar Johansson (as "Torgil") with a Swedish folk song, standup pioneer Mort Sahl (as "Crane") with a routine he must have written, bivouacked in a farmhouse with comrades (James Darren, Paul Richards, Glenn Corbett), in the Korean War drama All The Young Men, 1960.
All The Young Men (1960) - He's In Command Lt. Toland (Charles Quinlivan) about to expire, carried back by Sgt. Towler (Sidney Poitier), who he gives command over Sgt. Kincaid (co-producer Alan Ladd), southerner Bracken (Paul Richards) objecting, in the Korean War drama All The Young Men, 1960.
Zero Hour! (1957) - Crazy About Planes Decker (Jerry Paris!) and stewardess Janet (Peggy King) lead into Stryker (Dana Andrews) introducing Joey (Raymond Ferrell) to pilot Wilson (NFL Hall of Famer Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch) in Zero Hour!, 1957, which was famously the basis for Airplane!, 1980.
Zero Hour! (1957) - Picked The Wrong Week No mention of sniffing glue but Treleaven (Sterling Hayden), summoned from a Vancouver night club 45 minutes into the picture, makes his feelings known to flight controller Burdick (Charles Quinlivan) in the airliner-crisis drama Zero Hour!, spoofed in Airplane, 1980.
Zero Hour! (1957) - On April 10th 1945 That's William "Cannon" Conrad narrating as injured pilot Ted Stryker (Dana Andrews) foreshadows Airplane!, 1980, and converses with an RCAF doctor (Willis Bouchey) in Zero Hour!, 1957.
Zero Hour! (1957) - Put Stryker On! Sterling Hayden (as "Treleaven") and Dana Andrews (as "Ted Stryker") are giving Lloyd Bridges and Robert Hays (in Airplane, 1980) plenty to work with in the airliner-crisis thriller Zero Hour!, 1957.
Zero Hour! (1957) - That's Not Important Stupendous for fans of Airplane!, 1980, starting in the cabin with Dana Andrews and family, then in the cockpit with Captain Wilson (Elroy Hirsch), Geoffrey Toone (as Dr. Baird) in the Leslie Nielsen role, delivers the landmark line about fish to stewardess Janet (Peggy King) in Zero Hour!, 1957.
Caretakers, The - Here To Help You The just-committed Lorna (Polly Bergen) gets her first visit from shrink MacLeod (Robert Stack), with aides Denning (Van Williams) and Horne (Diane McBain), in producer-director Hall Bartlett's The Caretakers, 1963.
Caretakers, The - Ready For Trouble From the opening credits, terrific freak-out by Polly Bergen (soon to be introduced as "Lorna Melford"), at a showing of West Side Story, opening producer-director Hall Bartlett's The Caretakers, 1963.

Trailer

Family

Paul Dana Bartlett
Father
Alice Bartlett
Mother
Cathy Bartlett Lynch
Daughter
Laurie Bartlett Schrader
Daughter
Kent Lane
Step-Son
Actor. Mother, Rhonda Fleming.

Companions

Rhonda Fleming
Wife
Actor. Married in 1966; divorced in 1972.
Lupita Ferrer
Wife
Married in 1977; divorced.
Maria Corazon
Companion

Bibliography

"The Rest of Our Lives"
Hall Bartlett (1987)