Other Literary Forms
Willis Hall has become familiar to English audiences through a variety of media and genres. He and Keith Waterhouse, with whom he regularly collaborates, are highly regarded for their screenplays. Some of their more notable efforts are Whistle Down the Wind (1961) and Billy Liar (1963). With Wolf Mankowitz, Hall has adapted for the screen The Long and the Short and the Tall (1961). Hall has also worked extensively in television, writing for programs such as The Fuzz and Secret Army, coauthoring a half dozen other series with Waterhouse, and writing a number of television plays, often for children. Hall has written musicals (England, Our England, with music by Dudley Moore, was reviewed with great praise), books on sports, the text for a documentary, pantomimes, novels, award-winning adaptations of foreign drama, and scripts for television series. The sheer bulk of Hall’s work and its rich variety testify to his artistic strength and durability.