"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Birthday Today - Hal Wallis

Hal Wallis, born in 1898, was one of Hollywood's greatest producers, with his best films being films about American heros and tough guys.   His films included Sergeant York, The Maltese Falcon, They Died with Their Boots On, Casablanca, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and True Grit.   Here's a great scene from one of my all-time favorites, Sergeant York, with Gary Cooper:

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