Tag Archives: Howard Hawks

“Walter, you’re wonderful, in a loathsome sort of way.”

Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in “His Girl Friday” Bright Wall/Dark Room is a new monthly movie magazine created by the team at Bright Wall/Dark Room. The latest issue has journalism as its theme, and they asked me to write … Continue reading

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Seen Recently: The Train Robbers (1973), Dark City (1998), Easy A (2010), His Girl Friday (1940), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

The Train Robbers directed by Burt Kennedy Somehow I missed this totally entertaining film, despite my love for John Wayne, Ann-Margret (and Ben Johnson)! An absolutely gorgeous LOOKING film (it was cinematographer William H. Clothier’s final film), it stars John … Continue reading

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“He Did a Fabulous Job with Presley, You Know.” – Howard Hawks on Colonel Tom Parker

In 1976, 80-year-old American director Howard Hawks was interviewed by the staff of Wide Angle I:2, including Peter Lehman, Marilyn Campbell, and Lynne Goddard. In his introduction, Peter Lehman writes: At age eighty, Mr. Hawks is an extremely alert, lively … Continue reading

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“You’re getting a little normal.” – Howard Hawks to Cary Grant

From Who the Devil Made It: Conversations with Legendary Film Directors, by Peter Bogdanovich By the end of the film, would you say that [Cary] Grant has abandoned his scientific life? Well, let’s say he mixed it. He had an … Continue reading

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Only Angels Have Wings: The Atmospheric Opening

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“I’ve Never Had a Better Time!” Bringing Up Baby at the Film Forum

My review of the screwball Holy Grail Bringing Up Baby over at Capital New York.

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The Everyday Chivalry of Howard Hawks

A terrific must-read piece in The Guardian.

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Happy Birthday, Rita Hayworth

She was a newbie (pretty much) when she appeared as Judith, the wife of the hated flier MacPherson (Richard Barthelmess), in Only Angels Have Wings (directed by Howard Hawks), but she’s terrific in the part. The part is deceptively simple, … Continue reading

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20 most surprising female performances (Part 1)

Alex had a series going on of 20 Most Surprising Female Performances (Here is Part 1 and Part 2). Please please go check out her choices, and also her brief descriptions of why she chose each one. Great stuff, thought-provoking. … Continue reading

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“He’s just too damned enjoyable.” – Quentin Tarantino on Howard Hawks

Reading David Thomson’s really interesting and entertaining (and, at times, self-indulgent) book (rumination, really) about Hollywood, The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood. I say “self-indulgent” in a way that I mean it as a compliment. I find myself rolling … Continue reading

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