Howard Hawks (1896–1977) was an American film director who made 40 films between 1926 and 1970. He is responsible for classic films in genres ranging from film noir, screwball comedy, crime, science fiction and Western.
|1926||The Road to Glory||Fox||Drama||May McAvoy||Lost film||Writer|
|1926||Fig Leaves||Fox||Comedy||George O'Brien, Olive Borden||Colour scenes included||Writer|
|1927||The Cradle Snatchers||Fox||Comedy||Louise Fazenda, Diane Ellis|
|1927||Paid to Love||Fox||Comedy||George O'Brien|
|1928||A Girl in Every Port||Fox||Comedy||Victor McLaglen, Robert Armstrong||Writer|
|1928||Fazil||Fox||Romance||Charles Farrell, Greta Nissen|
|1929||Trent's Last Case||Fox||Detective||Raymond Griffith|
|1928||The Air Circus||Fox||Drama||Arthur Lake, Sue Carol||Co-directed with Lewis Seiler / Lost film|
|1930||The Dawn Patrol||First National / Vitaphone||War||Richard Barthelmess, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.||Writer|
|1931||The Criminal Code||Columbia||Crime||Walter Huston, Phillips Holmes||Producer|
|1932||Scarface||Caddo Company||Crime||Paul Muni||Producer, Writer|
|1932||The Crowd Roars||Warner Bros.||Drama||James Cagney||Writer|
|1932||Tiger Shark||First National||Romance||Edward G. Robinson||Writer|
|1933||Today We Live||MGM||Romance||Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford||Co-directed with Richard Rosson|
|1934||Twentieth Century||Columbia||Comedy||John Barrymore, Carole Lombard||Producer|
|1935||Barbary Coast||Samuel Goldwyn Productions||Drama||Edward G. Robinson, Miriam Hopkins|
|1936||Ceiling Zero|| Warner Bros. |
|1936||The Road to Glory||Fox||War||Fredric March, Warner Baxter, Lionel Barrymore||Writer|
|1936||Come and Get It||Howard Prod.|
Samuel Goldwyn Productions
|Drama||Joel McCrea, Edward Arnold, Frances Farmer, Walter Brennan||Co-directed with William Wyler|
|1938||Bringing Up Baby||RKO||Comedy||Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn||Producer|
|1939||Only Angels Have Wings||Columbia||Adventure, Drama||Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth||Producer|
|1940||His Girl Friday||Columbia||Comedy||Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy||Producer|
|1941||Sergeant York||Warner Bros.||War||Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan||Producer|
|1941||Ball of Fire||Samuel Goldwyn Productions||Comedy||Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck|
|1943||Air Force||Warner Bros.||War||John Garfield, Gig Young, Arthur Kennedy||Producer|
|1944||To Have and Have Not||Warner Bros.||Drama||Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, Lauren Bacall||Producer|
|1946||The Big Sleep||Warner Bros.||Crime||Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall||Producer|
|1948||Red River||Charles K. Feldman||Western||John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Walter Brennan||2nd unit director Arthur Rosson||Producer & Presenter|
|1948||A Song Is Born||Samuel Goldwyn Productions||Musical||Danny Kaye||First Technicolor film|
|1949||I Was a Male War Bride||Fox||Comedy||Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan|
|1952||The Big Sky||Winchester Pictures||Western||Kirk Douglas, Dewey Martin||Producer|
|1952||O. Henry's Full House||Fox||Comedy, Drama||David Wayne, Oscar Levant||Directed the "Ransom of Red Chief" segment|
|1952||Monkey Business||Fox||Comedy||Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe|
|1953||Gentlemen Prefer Blondes||Fox||Musical||Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell||Technicolor film|
|1955||Land of the Pharaohs|| Warner Bros. |
|Drama||Jack Hawkins, Joan Collins, Dewey Martin||Technicolor film||Producer|
|1959||Rio Bravo||Armada Productions||Western||John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, Ricky Nelson||Technicolor film||Producer|
|1962||Hatari!||Malabar||Adventure||John Wayne||Technicolor film||Producer & Presenter|
|1964||Man's Favorite Sport?|| Universal |
Gibraltar Prod. / Laurel Prod.
|Comedy||Rock Hudson, Paula Prentiss, Charlene Holt||Technicolor film||Producer|
|1965||Red Line 7000||Paramount / Laurel Prod.||Drama||James Caan, Charlene Holt||Technicolor film||Producer, Writer|
|1966||El Dorado||Paramount / Laurel Prod.||Western||John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, James Caan, Charlene Holt||Remake of Rio Bravo / Technicolor film||Producer & Presenter|
|1970||Rio Lobo|| Batjac, Malabar|
Cinema Center Films
|Western||John Wayne||Similar idea of Rio Bravo / Technicolor film||Producer / Final film Hawks directed|
|1943||Corvette K-225||Universal Pictures||War||Randolph Scott, Ella Raines, Barry Fitzgerald||producer, directed by Richard Rosson|
|1951||The Thing from Another World||Winchester Pictures||Science fiction||Kenneth Tobey, Robert Cornthwaite, Dewey Martin||producer, directed by Christian Nyby|
|1967||Cinema||episode: "Howard Hawks"|
|1970||Plimpton! Shoot-Out at Rio Lobo||making-of documentary|
|1972||The Men Who Made the Movies: Howard Hawks||documentary|
|1977||Hollywood Greats||episode: "Humphrey Bogart"|
|1932||La foule hurle||Warner Bros.||Drama||Jean Gabin||French-language version of The Crowd Roars directed by John Daumery, featuring footage from Hawks' film|
|1933||The Prizefighter and the Lady||MGM||Romance||Max Baer, Myrna Loy||resigned, replaced by W.S. Van Dyke|
|1934||Viva Villa!||MGM||Western||Wallace Beery||resigned, replaced by Jack Conway|
|1943||The Outlaw||Howard Hughes Productions||Western||Walter Huston, Jack Buetel, Thomas Mitchell, Jane Russell||resigned, replaced by Howard Hughes|
Howard Winchester Hawks was an American film director, producer and screenwriter of the classic Hollywood era. Critic Leonard Maltin called him "the greatest American director who is not a household name."
Screwball comedy is a subgenre of the romantic comedy genre that became popular during the Great Depression, originating in the early 1930s and thriving until the early 1940s. It is widely known for satirizing the traditional love story. Many secondary characteristics of this genre are similar to film noir, but it distinguishes itself for being characterized by a female that dominates the relationship with the male central character, whose masculinity is challenged. The two engage in a humorous battle of the sexes, which was a new theme for Hollywood and audiences at the time. What sets the screwball comedy apart from the generic romantic comedy is that "screwball comedy puts its emphasis on a funny spoofing of love, while the more traditional romantic ultimately accents love." Other elements of the screwball comedy include fast-paced, overlapping repartee, farcical situations, escapist themes, physical battle of the sexes, disguise and masquerade, and plot lines involving courtship and marriage. Screwball comedies often depict social classes in conflict, as in It Happened One Night (1934) and My Man Godfrey (1936). Some comic plays are also described as screwball comedies.
Peter Bogdanovich is an American director, writer, actor, producer, critic and film historian. He is part of the wave of "New Hollywood" directors, and his most critically acclaimed and well-known film is The Last Picture Show (1971).
His Girl Friday is a 1940 American screwball comedy drama romance film directed by Howard Hawks and starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. It was released by Columbia Pictures. The plot centers on a newspaper editor named Walter Burns who is about to lose his ace reporter and ex-wife Hildy Johnson, newly engaged to another man. Burns suggests they cover one more story together, getting themselves entangled in the case of murderer Earl Williams as Burns desperately tries to win back his wife. The screenplay was adapted from the 1928 play The Front Page by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. This was the second time the play had been adapted for the screen, the first occasion being the 1931 film also called The Front Page.
Red River is a 1948 American western film directed and produced by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift, giving a fictional account of the first cattle drive from Texas to Kansas along the Chisholm Trail. The dramatic tension stems from a growing feud over the management of the drive, between the Texas rancher who initiated it (Wayne) and his adopted adult son (Clift).
Scarface is a 1932 American pre-Code gangster film directed by Howard Hawks and produced by Hawks and Howard Hughes. The screenplay, by Ben Hecht, is based loosely on the 1929 novel by Armitage Trail which was inspired by Al Capone. The film stars Paul Muni as Antonio "Tony" Camonte, a gangster who violently rises through the Chicago gangland. Meanwhile, Camonte pursues his bosses' mistress as Camonte's sister pursues his best hitman. In an overt tie to the life of Capone, one scene depicts a version of the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre.
The Thing from Another World, sometimes referred to as just The Thing, is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction-horror film, directed by Christian Nyby, produced by Edward Lasker for Howard Hawks' Winchester Pictures Corporation, and released by RKO Pictures. The film stars Margaret Sheridan, Kenneth Tobey, Robert Cornthwaite, and Douglas Spencer. James Arness plays The Thing, but he is difficult to recognize in costume and makeup due to both low lighting and other effects used to obscure his features. The Thing from Another World is based on the 1938 novella Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell.
Catherine Rosalind Russell was an American actress, comedian, screenwriter and singer, known for her role as fast-talking newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson in the Howard Hawks screwball comedy His Girl Friday (1940), as well as for her portrayals of Mame Dennis in Auntie Mame (1958) and Rose in Gypsy (1962). A noted comedian, she won all five Golden Globes for which she was nominated. Russell won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 1953 for her portrayal of Ruth in the Broadway show Wonderful Town. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress four times throughout her career.
The Dawn Patrol is a 1930 American pre-Code World War I film starring Richard Barthelmess and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. It was directed by Howard Hawks, a former World War I flight instructor, who even flew in the film as a German pilot in an uncredited role. The Dawn Patrol won the Academy Award for Best Story for John Monk Saunders. It was subsequently remade in 1938, with the same title, and the original was then renamed Flight Commander and released later as part of the Warner Bros. film catalog.
Corvette K-225 is a 1943 American war film directed by Richard Rosson and starring Randolph Scott and James Brown, with Ella Raines making her feature film debut. The film was released in the UK as The Nelson Touch. Robert Mitchum, credited as Bob Mitchum, had a minor supporting role, one of 20 Hollywood films he made in 1943. Tony Gaudio was nominated for the 1943 Academy Award for Best Cinematography (B&W) for his work on Corvette K -225.
Only Angels Have Wings is a 1939 American adventure drama film directed by Howard Hawks, and starring Cary Grant and Jean Arthur, based on a story written by Hawks. The film also marked the first significant role in a major film for Rita Hayworth. It is generally regarded as being among Hawks' finest films, particularly in its portrayal of the professionalism of the pilots of the film, its atmosphere, and the flying sequences. The supporting cast features Thomas Mitchell and Richard Barthelmess.
To Have and Have Not is a 1944 American romance-war-adventure film directed by Howard Hawks, loosely based on Ernest Hemingway's 1937 novel of the same name. It stars Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan and Lauren Bacall; it also features Dolores Moran, Hoagy Carmichael, Sheldon Leonard, Dan Seymour, and Marcel Dalio. The plot centers on the romance between a freelancing fisherman in Martinique and a beautiful American drifter, which is complicated by the growing French resistance in Vichy France.
Man's Favorite Sport? is a 1964 comedy film starring Rock Hudson and Paula Prentiss. Released by Universal Pictures, the movie was directed and produced by Howard Hawks.
The "Hawksian woman" is, in film theory, a character archetype of the tough-talking woman, popularized in film by director Howard Hawks through his use of actresses such as Katharine Hepburn, Ann Dvorak, Rosalind Russell, Barbara Stanwyck, and Angie Dickinson. The best known Hawksian woman is probably Lauren Bacall, who iconically played the type opposite Humphrey Bogart in To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep. The archetype was first identified by film critic Naomi Wise in 1971.
William K. Howard was an American film director, writer, and producer. Considered one of Hollywood's leading directors, he directed over 50 films from 1921 to 1946, including The Thundering Herd (1925), The Power and the Glory (1933), Fire Over England (1937), and Johnny Come Lately (1943).
O. Henry's Full House is a 1952 American anthology film made by 20th Century Fox, consisting of five films, each based on a story by O. Henry.
Today We Live is a 1933 American pre-Code romance drama film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and starring Joan Crawford, Gary Cooper, Robert Young and Franchot Tone.
The Squeaker is a 1937 British crime film directed by William K. Howard and starring Edmund Lowe, Sebastian Shaw and Ann Todd. Edmund Lowe reprised his stage performance in the role of Inspector Barrabal. It is based on the 1927 novel The Squeaker and 1928 play of the same name by Edgar Wallace. Wallace's son Bryan Edgar Wallace worked on the film's screenplay. The Squeaker is underworld slang for an informer. The film is sometimes known by its U.S. alternative title Murder on Diamond Row.
Todd McCarthy is an American film critic and author. He wrote for Variety for 31 years as its chief film critic until 2010. In October of that year, he joined The Hollywood Reporter, where he subsequently served as chief film critic until 2020.
Davy Crockett, Indian Scout is a 1950 American Western film directed by Lew Landers and starring George Montgomery and Ellen Drew. Wartime hero Johnny McKee had a small role in the film, as did Jim Thorpe. The film was shot at the Motion Picture Centre, with filming commencing June 1948. Much of the footage was taken from the 1940 movie Kit Carson, starring Jon Hall, Dana Andrews, and Clayton Moore.