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Harley M. "Beanie" Walker (June 27, 1878 – June 23, 1937) was a member of the Hal Roach movie production company from 1916 until his resignation in 1932. The title cards he wrote for Harold Lloyd, Charley Chase, Our Gang and Laurel and Hardy comedies "have entered legend, both for silent films, and as opening remarks for the earlier talkies." He was also an officer of the Roach Studio corporation.

On Roach's "Lot of Fun", script development usually started with meetings among the gag men, who would develop what was known as an "action script": the outline of the story and a description of the scenes and some of the sight gags, which generally would run three to six legal-size pages. This document would then pass to Walker, the head of the editorial department, which oversaw not only script editing, but film editing as well. Walker usually came up with the title of each film, wrote "brilliantly witty" title cards which would be produced and inserted into the film, and wrote a critique before the picture went out to the distributors, Pathé Exchange, or later, M-G-M.

Walker's writing did not transition well to talkies and by 1931 he had left Roach studio and wrote dialogue for comedies produced by ex-Roach general manager Warren Doane at Universal Pictures. Later, he worked at Paramount Pictures, where he contributed to the W. C. Fields picture The Old Fashioned Way (1934).

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Harley M. "Beanie" Walker (June 27, 1878 – June 23, 1937) was a member of the Hal Roach movie production company from 1916 until his resignation in 1932. The title cards he wrote for Harold Lloyd, Charley Chase, Our Gang and Laurel and Hardy comedies "have entered legend, both for silent films, and as opening remarks for the earlier talkies." He was also an officer of the Roach Studio corporation.

On Roach's "Lot of Fun", script development usually started with meetings among the gag men, who would develop what was known as an "action script": the outline of the story and a description of the scenes and some of the sight gags, which generally would run three to six legal-size pages. This document would then pass to Walker, the head of the editorial department, which oversaw not only script editing, but film editing as well. Walker usually came up with the title of each film, wrote "brilliantly witty" title cards which would be produced and inserted into the film, and wrote a critique before the picture went out to the distributors, Pathé Exchange, or later, M-G-M.

Walker's writing did not transition well to talkies and by 1931 he had left Roach studio and wrote dialogue for comedies produced by ex-Roach general manager Warren Doane at Universal Pictures. Later, he worked at Paramount Pictures, where he contributed to the W. C. Fields picture The Old Fashioned Way (1934).

Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Male

Known Credits 124

Birthday 1878-06-27

Day of Death 1937-06-23

Place of Birth West Middlebury, Ohio, USA

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Also Known As

  • H.W. Walker
  • Harley M. Walker

Writing TV ShowsMovies

1934 Them Thar Hills Writer
1933 Her First Mate Writer
1933 They Just Had to Get Married Screenplay
1932 Alum and Eve Dialogue
1932 Pack Up Your Troubles Writer
1932 Scram! Dialogue
1932 Show Business Dialogue
1932 What Price Taxi Writer Dialogue
1932 County Hospital Dialogue
1932 The Pooch Writer
1932 The Old Bull Dialogue
1932 The Chimp Writer
1932 Choo-Choo! Writer
1932 Strictly Unreliable Dialogue
1932 In Walked Charley Writer
1932 The Music Box Dialogue
1932 Spanky Writer
1932 Red Noses Dialogue
1932 The Nickel Nurser Writer
1932 Any Old Port! Writer
1932 The Tabasco Kid Writer
1932 Helpmates Dialogue
1931 On the Loose Writer
1931 Beau Hunks Writer
1931 War Mamas Dialogue
1931 One Good Turn Writer
1931 Shiver My Timbers Writer
1931 The Pajama Party Dialogue
1931 Come Clean Dialogue
1931 Pardon Us Dialogue
1931 Call a Cop! Dialogue
1931 Let's Do Things Dialogue
1931 Spuk um Mitternacht Writer
1931 Our Wife Dialogue
1931 Politiquerías Writer
1931 Love Business Writer
1931 Little Daddy Writer
1931 Chickens Come Home Dialogue
1931 Les Carottiers Writer
1931 Be Big! Writer
1931 Helping Grandma Writer
1930 Another Fine Mess Dialogue
1930 Dollar Dizzy Dialogue
1930 The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case Writer
1930 The King Writer
1930 Hog Wild Dialogue
1930 Bear Shooters Story Editor
1930 The Shrimp Writer
1930 Below Zero Writer
1930 La vida nocturna Writer
1930 The Big Kick Writer
1930 Brats Dialogue
1930 Whispering Whoopee Dialogue
1930 The Fighting Parson Writer
1930 Blotto Dialogue
1930 The Head Guy Writer
1930 Night Owls Writer
1930 Noche de duendes Dialogue
1929 Angora Love Other
1929 Moan & Groan, Inc. Dialogue
1929 Skirt Shy Story
1929 Boxing Gloves Dialogue
1929 Crazy Feet Scenario Writer
1929 Hotter Than Hot Writer
1929 Men o'War Writer
1929 Small Talk Dialogue
1929 Double Whoopee Writer
1929 Unaccustomed As We Are Dialogue
1929 Big Business Writer
1929 Wrong Again Writer
1929 Liberty Writer
1928 Early to Bed Writer
1928 Their Purple Moment Writer
1928 From Soup to Nuts Writer
1928 Came the Dawn Writer
1928 The Finishing Touch Writer
1927 Putting Pants on Philip Writer
1927 Sailors, Beware! Writer
1927 Sugar Daddies Writer
1927 The Sting of Stings Writer
1927 Fluttering Hearts Writer
1926 Get 'Em Young Writer
1926 Good Cheer Writer
1925 Black Cyclone Writer
1924 Just a Good Guy Writer
1924 Wide Open Spaces Writer
1923 Mother's Joy Writer
1923 Uncensored Movies Writer
1922 Grandma's Boy Writer
1921 Now or Never Writer
1920 Number, Please? Writer
1920 Get Out and Get Under Writer
1920 An Eastern Westerner Writer
1920 Haunted Spooks Writer
1920 His Royal Slyness Writer
1919 Bumping Into Broadway Writer
1919 Heap Big Chief Dialogue
1919 Ask Father Writer
1918 Here Come the Girls Dialogue
1918 A Gasoline Wedding Writer
1918 Beat It Dialogue
1918 The Tip Dialogue
1917 Step Lively Writer
1917 We Never Sleep Writer
1917 All Aboard Writer
1917 Clubs Are Trump Writer
1917 Bliss Writer
1917 The Flirt Writer
1917 Love, Laughs and Lather Writer
1917 Rainbow Island Writer
1917 From Laramie to London Writer
1917 Birds of a Feather Writer
1917 By the Sad Sea Waves Writer

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1934 Love Birds Additional Dialogue
1928 Should Tall Men Marry? Title Graphics
1927 The Second Hundred Years Title Graphics
1926 Wise Guys Prefer Brunettes Title Graphics
1925 Dog Days Title Graphics
1923 Dogs of War! Title Graphics
1921 Never Weaken Title Graphics
1919 From Hand to Mouth Title Graphics
1919 Don't Shove Title Graphics
1919 Count Your Change Title Graphics

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1927 Hats Off Title Designer

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