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Howard Hawks (1896–1977)

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Howard Hawks, an American producer, writer, and director, grew up in California, studied engineering, and served in the Army Air Corps during World War I. For 45 years he made movies in all of the standard Hollywood genres: popular "screwball comedies" like His Girl Friday (1940) and Bringing Up vis mere Baby (1938), westerns like Red River (1948) and Rio Bravo (1959), musicals like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), gangster films like Scarface (1932), adventure films like To Have and Have Not (1944), and private-eye melodramas like The Big Sleep (1946). These were not run-of-the-mill movies, however, for Hawks infused them with his own style and themes. He tended to use a symmetrical structure and sparse dialogue, depending on concrete visual images to reveal character in action. Although he worked with some of the best writers in Hollywood (Ben Hecht, Jules Furthman, and William Faulkner, for example), he allowed his actors to add or alter lines, believing that improvisation improved the verisimilitude of a film. Hawks received only one Academy Award nomination in his career, for Sergeant York (1941), but he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy in 1975. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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His Girl Friday [1940 film] (1940) — Producer/Director — 294 eksemplarer
The Big Sleep [1946 film] (1946) — Director — 272 eksemplarer
Rio Bravo [1959 film] (1959) — Director — 224 eksemplarer
Bringing Up Baby [1938 film] (1938) — Director — 216 eksemplarer
To Have and Have Not [1944 film] (1944) — Director — 190 eksemplarer
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes [1953 film] (1953) — Director — 179 eksemplarer
El Dorado [1966 film] (1966) — Director — 156 eksemplarer
Red River [1948 film] (1948) — Producer/Director — 142 eksemplarer
Hatari! [1962 film] (1962) — Director — 113 eksemplarer
Hawks on Hawks (1972) 105 eksemplarer
Rio Lobo [1970 film] (1970) — Director — 86 eksemplarer
The Thing from Another World [1951 film] (1951) — Uncredited director — 82 eksemplarer
TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Romantic Comedies (2008) — Instruktør — 77 eksemplarer
Sergeant York [1941 film] (1941) — Director — 71 eksemplarer
Monkey Business [1952 film] (1952) — Director — 69 eksemplarer
I Was a Male War Bride [1949 film] (1949) — Instruktør — 59 eksemplarer
Only Angels Have Wings [1939 film] (1939) — Director & Producer — 58 eksemplarer
Scarface [1932 film] (1932) — Director — 56 eksemplarer
The Outlaw [1943 film] (1943) — Instruktør — 53 eksemplarer
Ball of Fire [1941 film] (1941) — Director — 51 eksemplarer
TCM Greatest Classic Legends Film Collection: Bogie and Bacall (2017) — Instruktør — 46 eksemplarer
TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Murder Mysteries (2009) — Instruktør — 40 eksemplarer
Man's Favorite Sport? [1964 film] (1964) — Director — 29 eksemplarer
Twentieth Century [1934 film] (1934) — Director — 27 eksemplarer
O. Henry's Full House [1952 film] (1952) — Instruktør — 24 eksemplarer
TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: John Wayne Westerns (2009) — Instruktør — 21 eksemplarer
Air Force [1943 film] (1943) — Director — 16 eksemplarer
AMC Movies: Cary Grant Hollywood Classics — Instruktør — 15 eksemplarer
His Girl Friday [and] Cary Grant on Film: A Biography — Instruktør — 14 eksemplarer
The Big Sky [1952 film] — Director — 13 eksemplarer
The Dawn Patrol [1938 film] (2007) — Writer — 12 eksemplarer
Marilyn Monroe: The Diamond Collection [DVD set] (2001) — Instruktør; Director — 10 eksemplarer
Howard Hawks: Interviews (2006) 10 eksemplarer
Land of the Pharaohs [1955 film] (1955) — Director — 9 eksemplarer
A Song is Born [1948 film] (1948) — Director — 9 eksemplarer
Grant & Hope: Comedy Collection (2008) — Instruktør — 8 eksemplarer
Come and Get It [1936 film] (1936) — Instruktør — 8 eksemplarer
50 Movies: The Fabulous Forties (2012) — Instruktør — 7 eksemplarer
Classic Comedies Collection (2005) — Instruktør — 7 eksemplarer
Cary Grant Collector's Edition (2009) — Instruktør — 6 eksemplarer
El Dorado [and] Hatari! (Double Feature Video) (1962) — Instruktør — 5 eksemplarer
Danny Kaye: The Goldwyn Years: 4 Films (2013) — Instruktør — 4 eksemplarer
Marilyn Monroe Special Anniversary Collection — Instruktør — 4 eksemplarer
2 Film Box Set: Father Goose [and] Bringing Up Baby — Instruktør — 4 eksemplarer
Barbary Coast [1935 film] (1935) 4 eksemplarer
The Criminal Code [1931 film] — Instruktør — 4 eksemplarer
The Searchers [and] Rio Bravo (Double Feature Video) (2012) — Instruktør — 4 eksemplarer
John Wayne: The Epic Collection (2014) — Instruktør — 4 eksemplarer
Marilyn Monroe: The Diamond Collection Volume II — Instruktør — 3 eksemplarer
The Best of John Wayne (1992) — Instruktør — 3 eksemplarer
The Cary Grant Film Collection (6 Films) (2013) — Instruktør — 3 eksemplarer
5 Film Collection: John Wayne — Instruktør — 2 eksemplarer
The John Wayne Collection: 5 Films (2002) — Instruktør — 2 eksemplarer
The Dawn Patrol [1930 film] (2013) — Instruktør — 2 eksemplarer
Corvette K-225 [1943 film] — Instruktør — 2 eksemplarer
John Wayne Westerns Film Collection [5 films] (2015) — Instruktør — 2 eksemplarer
Cary Grant 7-Movie Collection — Instruktør — 2 eksemplarer
The Crowd Roars [1932 film] (2012) 2 eksemplarer
The Road to Glory [1936 film] (1936) 2 eksemplarer
The Best of Marilyn — Instruktør — 2 eksemplarer
50 Movie Pack: Hollywood Legends — Instruktør — 2 eksemplarer
Diva 20 Movie Pack — Instruktør — 1 eksemplar
Cary Grant Collection: Charade / His Girl Friday — Instruktør — 1 eksemplar
Girl in Every Port 1 eksemplar
The Front Page | His Girl Friday — Instruktør — 1 eksemplar
Red river 1 eksemplar
The Prizefighter and the Lady [1933 film] (2011) — Instruktør — 1 eksemplar
Classic Comedy Ten Movie Pack — Instruktør — 1 eksemplar

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Kanonisk navn
Hawks, Howard
Juridisk navn
Hawks, Howard Winchester
Goshen, Indiana, USA
Cornell University
film director
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Hollywood Walk of Fame



Although Howard Hawks was one of the most commercially successful of classic filmmakers, Land Of The Pharoahs was one of his few flops. It would be four years before his next film, the classic and often imitated (mostly by Hawks himself) western, Rio Bravo.
jgcorrea | 3 andre anmeldelser | Mar 16, 2024 |
B (Good).

A wanted nightclub singer hides out with old men writing an encyclopedia. It's a little too long, but pretty consistently delightful. The scenes between Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper are great.

(Jan. 2024)
comfypants | Jan 13, 2024 |
Loved watching all the greats of the time...Black and white...come together to make music on film. Cute plot, but you won't really care about it anyway.
TheLoisLevel | Jan 7, 2024 |
Howard Hawks fashioned Jules Furthman’s good screenplay into a true screen classic of male camaraderie and the women who love them, and must choose to accept it. Hawks had Martinique as the setting for “To Have and Have Not” but showed his preference for exotic locales much earlier by setting “Only Angels Have Wings” in the South American port of Barranca. It makes a colorful backdrop to an even more colorful story of what it is to be a man — according to Hawks.

The banana boats are coming in and Geoff (Cary Grant) is sending the mail out by plane in dangerous conditions in order to keep afloat his rag-tag outfit of pilots, who live dangerously and like it. They all wear guns but it’s the weather that’s more likely to take them down.

This is made clear early on when Bonnie Lee (Jean Arthur) hits the port for a short layover and attracts the good-natured attention of a couple of Geoff’s pilots, one of whom will go down in flames just a few hours later. It is only then that Bonnie, already attracted to Geoff, will get a glimpse of real men and what their world is like.

Hawks puts a spotlight on the suspicion men who've been with a woman or two often harbor towards every female in a telling scene when Bonnie takes a memento from the fallen pilot’s belongings and Geoff scoffs at her greed. Only moments later when she gives it to the young Mexican girl who adored him does he give Bonnie a few points, and then only in surprise.

Arthur is terrific here trying not to let her emotions show so she can live in Geoff’s world. When a new pilot with a checkered past shows up (silent film star Richard Barthelmess), with Geoff’s old flame in tow (young Rita Hayworth), Bonnie realizes just how serious Geoff is about never asking anything of a woman. There is a ton of male adventure filling the screen in the meantime.

There are dangerous flights with nitro, and daring flights for doctors; Hawks even allows a female into the act with some accidental gunplay. Arthur eventually breaks under the stress, of course, because Hawks is filming a world long ago and far away, where men were men, and women weren’t. I’ve never met a guy who doesn't love this film and perhaps that’s why. Hawks adds his own spin on the romantic touch with the flip of a coin.

Grant is great here and Arthur sparkles. The rest of the cast is excellent, with Thomas Mitchell especially memorable as Geoff’s best friend. Any male who wants to hang out in a bar with their pals and not talk about what every man already knows by virtue of their kind, will love this one. You'll wish there were a few girls like Arthur still out there too. Just a fantastic look at good men, jaded about women, but still needing them. Another film masterpiece from director Howard Hawks.
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Matt_Ransom | 1 anden anmeldelse | Nov 27, 2023 |



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