Howard Hawks is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He was among the most important and innovative filmmakers of Hollywood’s Golden Age,

known for his social comedies, especially his ensemble films with many characters interacting with each other in a naturalistic setting.

Hawks’ later films include Scarface (1932), Red River (1948), and Rio Bravo (1959).

Who Is Howard Hawks?

Hawks was associated with “Hawksian” style. The concept of this style is that the characters are realistic behind their facades and behavior, but the situations are so over-the-top that they cannot be taken seriously.

In other words, Hawksian characters are not necessarily good or evil; they just behave in certain ways because that is how they feel at that moment.

Howard Hawks was born Howard Winfield Steuerman in Chicago on May 31, 1896. His father was Jewish and his mother was Irish Catholic; neither parent had much money.

He began working as an office boy for several different department stores before he became an assistant animator at a Chicago advertising agency.

Best Howard Hawks Movies

Let’s take a look at the top Howard Hawks films.

1. The Big Sleep (1946) 

Howard Hawks begins his film with a title card that reads: “Marlowe’s so-called dream plays for us like reality.” That’s a clever way to introduce the first of the film’s many false starts. Marlowe is trying to figure out who killed his friend and former informant, Sternwood.

The trail leads him to some dark corners of Hollywood, where he meets a nightclub singer named Carmen Sternwood, who may have been there when the murder took place. But she doesn’t remember much about it—and neither does Marlowe.

This is all very intriguing, but it isn’t quite enough to keep us watching through all those false starts.

The next time we see Marlowe, he’s in a hospital after having been beaten up by thugs in Chinatown. His head has been caved in and his face has been badly scarred; we know what happened to him during this scene because we’ve seen it before,

but it still works as a way of setting up what comes next: an insurance company investigator named Pilar tries to run down some facts about Marlowe’s case from memory alone. It’s here that we find out that Pilar is working on her own case for her boss’s

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2. Rio Bravo (1959)         

 Rio Bravo is one of the best Westerns to come out of Hollywood in the 1950s. In fact, it’s a little like a ’50s version of The Magnificent Seven (1960). It’s got an ensemble cast that includes John Wayne, Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson.

As you’d expect from Howard Hawks, there are some creative camera angles and editing techniques used to create tension in this film.

The story begins when Wyatt Earp (Wayne), Doc Holliday (Martin) and his wife Annabelle (Nelson) arrive at a small Texas town called Rio Bravo. They’re looking for work and they’re also looking for their old friend Sheriff Frank McLintock (John Wayne),

who was supposed to protect them during a time when he was off chasing bad guys. But then he ran away with their money.

After arriving in Rio Bravo, Wyatt and Doc decide to ride into town with other two cowboys played by Robert Stanton and Ward Bond. When they get there, they find out that Sheriff McLintock has left town without telling anyone where he was going or why he left so suddenly (he had plans to marry his girlfriend).

Those plans include doing what most people would do when they found out someone else

Rio Bravo (1959)
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3. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Bringing Up Baby is a romantic comedy about a woman who uses science and technology to get her baby’s father out of her life. It was directed by Howard Hawks.

The film was based on the short story “Birth of a Notion” by Mark Hellinger, which had originally been published in the Saturday Evening Post on February 17, 1936. It was adapted as a stage play in 1939, also titled Bringing Up Baby; it also became known as The Foolish Virgin.

Hawks’ screenplay is one of many versions of the plot; however, he has been criticized for changing some of the plot elements from that original story. In particular,

Hawks’s screenplay adds more scenes of comedy involving Katharine Hepburn’s character Ellen Parker (Hepburn having initially wanted to do drama), and expands upon some scenes that were not in Hellinger’s story at all.

Bringing Up Baby (1938)
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4. Scarface (1932)           

 Scarface (1932) Howard Hawks. The great crime drama, which is still considered one of the greatest films ever made. Though it was shot in the 1930s, Scarface was not released until 1932 and its impact on American society was immediate.

Its success launched the gangster genre and ushered in a new era of filmmaking with its stunning cinematography and groundbreaking sound effects as well as its riveting story line.

Scarface stars Paul Muni as Tony Camonte, a Cuban immigrant who becomes an infamous drug lord after being released from prison. His rise to power is matched only by his fall when he is finally brought down by the FBI.

The film also stars Al Simmons (William Holden), who becomes an undercover agent in order to bring down his friend Tony Camonte. As they fight over territory, Al comes face-to-face with a corrupt system that will do anything to protect itself — even if it means destroying those who threaten its existence.

Scarface (1932)
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5. His Girl Friday (1940)

The film’s screenplay by Charles Lederer and Howard Hawks was based on short stories by British playwright and novelist G.B. Shaw. The story concerns newspaperman Alexander (Cary Grant), who is trying to stop his editor, Franklin K. Lane (Fredric March),

from buying out his paper’s founder, J.T. Walsh (Walter Connolly). However, Lane ignores Alexander’s advice and buys out Walsh anyway, making him the new owner of the newspaper and its reporters include a beautiful reporter that Alexander secretly loves named Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell). One night,

after a dinner party at Roosevelts’ home where he meets Eleanor Roosevelt (Clara Blandick), Alexander finds himself in love with her but does not know how to tell her about it without revealing his true identity as an editor at the paper he works for. Meanwhile,

Hildy begins having trouble with her boss because she is not revealing information about Lane’s corrupt practices that lead up to Walsh’s takeover of The New York Star Bulletin newspaper; however, she is also having trouble with a former boyfriend named Max Van Doren (Charles Coburn) who has become a famous writer under his own name instead of

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6. Red River (1948)         

 Red River (1948) is a superb western that tells the story of two families forced to cross the Red River during a harsh winter. While only one of the families is able to make it across safely, they must remain united in order to survive. It’s a classic American adventure tale that features a number of great actors in supporting roles.

The film opens with a young boy named Toby (John Wayne) who is played by the same actor who plays his father in The Searchers. Toby and his father travel on horseback through Texas, where they encounter various obstacles along the way. As they cross into Mexico,

they encounter bandits who try to rob them but are stopped by local authorities. However, when one of these bandits gets killed, another bandit reveals himself as being an American named Keane (John Ireland).

Keane and Toby become friends and before long, he joins Toby’s father in trying to find his way back home across Texas. Their journey takes them through Indian Territory and into Oklahoma where they finally make it across the Red River into Texas territory.

After reaching their destination at Fort Arbuckle, Toby’s father decides to return eastward while Keane goes

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7. Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Only Angels Have Wings is the second film by director Howard Hawks, and the first to star Cary Grant. It was also the second of three films that Cary Grant and Dorothy Lamour made together, and one of the two films that Hawks directed for Lamour.

The film is based on a story by Frank Launder, who wrote it as a vehicle for his own character of “Rip” Morgan.[1] The screenplay was written by Charles Lederer. The film features other notable actors including Miriam Hopkins and George Sanders, who plays a rival to Grant’s character in an early role for both men.

   

Only Angels Have Wings was shot on location in California and Arizona, specifically in Palm Springs and Grand Canyon National Park. Much of the filming took place at Lake Tahoe,

where Grant and Lamour were married between June 1937 and January 1938.[2] The film was not well received at first release but has since become a classic.[3][4][5]

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8. Ball of Fire (1941)

Ball of Fire (1941) is one of the best comedies of the 1940s, and it’s a real charmer. It’s also one of Howard Hawks’ most important films and a major step in his career as a director.

It begins with a contest to see who can get more women to quit their jobs. The contest is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, which explains why it’s being held in a small town on the edge of the Ozarks. The winner gets $20,000 cash and an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii.

The men who enter don’t seem to care about winning; they’re just interested in getting laid as much as possible without getting caught. But there are some women who do have something at stake namely,

their reputations and jobs so they enter too. One woman is even quite desperate for money; she plans to buy herself a new house with it.

The film has great characters: Sonny (William Powell), who’s trying to win over his wife so he can get into politics; Sam (Frank Morgan), whose wife is out of town; and Vivian Blaine (Ruth Chatterton), who wants nothing more than an

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9. The Thing from Another World (1951)

The Thing from Another World is a 1951 science fiction film directed by Christian Nyby and written by Curt Siodmak, based on his story “Who Goes There?” The film stars Richard Carlson,

Peggy McCay, Kenneth Tobey and Mary Castle. The film’s special effects were created by Phil Tippett who won an Academy Award for his work on the film.

The film is about a deep space probe that crashes on earth and brings an alien life form back with it. The creature kills two people in a remote cabin,

but when it escapes the government takes over handling the investigation and tries to keep it under wraps. It eventually ends up in a circus where it kills several people including the ringmaster before being hunted down by Dr. Robert Block (Carlson).

The Thing from Another World was shot at various locations in New Mexico including Albuquerque Airport, Fort Bayard Historic Site and Kirtland Air Force Base (where they filmed the opening scene).

They also used part of El Morro National Monument as well as local hospitals for various scenes involving medical procedures and equipment.

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10. To Have and Have Not (1944)

To Have and Have Not is a film noir from a director who was known for his action-packed thrillers. It’s also one of the best examples of how to make a film that is both stylish and well-written.

The story revolves around two men, Harry Morgan (Bing Crosby) and Jim Williams (Dana Andrews), who are traveling around Cuba in search of jobs when they get caught up in a murder plot involving the wealthy Fontaine family.

The film begins with the murder of the Fontaine family patriarch, Pierre Fontaine. His son, Bart (Paul Henreid), is left to inherit his father’s vast fortune,

but he has fallen in love with his housekeeper Margot (Mary Astor). Bart’s mother was killed by her husband when she tried to escape him, and now she wants revenge against him after he kills their son.

Pierre’s wife Marie-Ange (Vera Ralston) is aware of her husband’s affairs with other women, including Margot. When she finds out about another affair with Margot’s daughter Marie-Rose (Madlyn Rhue), she gets bent out of shape over it but still wants to keep Margot around

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11. Twentieth Century (1934)

Many of the movies that people most want to see are things that they don’t like. The film was made at a time when Hollywood was going through a phase of making what I call “prestige pictures,” which means prestige pictures for big stars, prestige pictures for big directors and prestige pictures for big studios.

Twentieth Century is the story of an alcoholic writer who tries to write a play about his life. His sister comes to visit him and they fall in love with each other, but she marries another man. He then has an affair with his sister’s best friend, who turns out to be his second wife.

It’s all very complicated, but it’s simple enough so that you can understand what’s going on without having to read a lot of editorial commentaries about what it means or why it’s important or how it relates to anything else that happened earlier in history or any such thing.

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12. El Dorado (1966) 

El Dorado, a film about a man searching for his father, is said to be one of the best films from director Howard Hawks. The movie stars John Wayne as El Dorado, a man who seeks to find his father after he was presumed dead. The movie had a limited release in 1966 and has been available on DVD for years.

El Dorado is based on the novel by Jules Verne (The Mysterious Island) and set in 1883 during the Spanish-American War. The film follows El Dorado’s quest to find his father and learn more about him as well as what happened between them before he went missing.

El Dorado will also save an entire town from an attack by Apaches led by Geronimo (Henry Fonda).

In order to save himself and the townspeople, El Dorado must discover who he really is and why it matters so much to him that he wants to find his father. Unfortunately, he doesn’t realize that there are many people who want to keep him out of their business until it’s too late.

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13. The Dawn Patrol (1930)        

 The Dawn Patrol (1930) Howard Hawks. The Dawn Patrol is one of the most beloved films of all time. It is a comedy, but it also has a serious side to it as well. The film chronicles the exploits of an army unit in France during World War I.

The film starts out with a scene where we see some soldiers training for battle. Their commanding officer is played by Cary Grant and he has a very commanding presence in front of the camera. He is surrounded by his men and they seem to respect him greatly, which makes sense because he’s obviously a good leader.

After this training scene, we see them on their first mission as an army unit. They are sent into battle and they have to fight against German soldiers who are attacking them from behind their lines.

The men are outnumbered and they are forced to retreat back into their own trenches where they plan on mounting another attack later on that day when they get reinforcements from another unit coming over a hill nearby who will allow them to launch another counterattack against their enemy,

which should be enough support so that they can win this battle and end up winning this war!

14. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a 1953 American romantic comedy film directed by Howard Hawks and starring Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell and George Sanders. It was produced by David O.

Selznick through his production company, Selznick International Pictures, and distributed by United Artists. The screenplay was written by Julius J. Epstein and Howard E. Koch. It was based on Rosalind Russell’s best-selling novel of the same name that had been published in 1949.

In a nightclub lounge scene at the beginning of the film, Marilyn Monroe delivers her famous line: “I’m not dumb – I’m just not smart.” She plays Lorelei Lee, an aspiring singer who poses as an innocent ingenue to get into the upper echelons of society during the Roaring Twenties.

However, she soon learns that men prefer blondes over brunettes as well as being more beautiful than brunettes with much larger breasts than Lorelei Lee’s small ones due to her being a natural blonde with large breasts being one of her assets in order to further her career since she has no talent other than posing as an innocent ingenue so she could become a star like some other women who

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15. The Big Sky (1952)   

The Big Sky is one of the best films from the director of Rio Bravo, Rio Lobo and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The film stars John Wayne as a former cavalry officer who finds himself in a small Montana town where he meets up with friends and his ex-partner (a young Rock Hudson). Their goal is to catch a bandit who stole from them years before.

It’s hard to imagine that this movie was made in 1952 because it has such an old-fashioned feel to it, but it was actually made by a young William Wyler and was based on a novel by Louis L’Amour.

The cast is great and includes Gary Cooper as an old sheriff who’s also friends with Wayne’s character, Lee Marvin as one of the town founders and Arthur Kennedy as an underling for Cooper’s character.

There’s also some good support work from Henry Fonda, Vera Miles and Richard Widmark – all three would go on to have very successful careers in Hollywood at this point – although they don’t appear in this particular movie very much at all.

I really enjoyed this film when I first saw it more than fifty years ago, but it

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16. Hatari! (1962)            

 The film is a comedy about a man who wants to steal the treasure of a dying king. He is helped in his endeavor by his two friends, and with the help of their combined efforts they succeed in stealing the treasure.

The two friends are some sort of thieves, but they aren’t really that good at it. They are constantly being caught by the authorities and put into jail. Hamid (Tariq Ali),

who has just been released from prison, finds out that he has been robbed of his inheritance because his father made him sign over all his property to a friend who betrayed him. As revenge he decides to steal from a rich man named Ali (Fahd Ahmed).

This time Hamid has more success than before, but when he comes back to get more money from Ali’s house he finds that someone else has already stolen the money he took from Ali’s safe.

This time Hamid decides to use his skills as an actor in order to play different parts so that no one can identify him as being involved in any thefts or robberies. It works well enough until one day when he gets caught red-handed trying to break into Ali’s house again!

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17. Sergeant York (1941)

Sergeant York is a biography film about Sergeant Alvin C. York, the most decorated soldier in American history. His life story has been told many times, but this was the first time it had been made into a motion picture.

The film stars Gary Cooper as York, who won the Congressional Medal of Honor while fighting in World War I. He did so by single-handedly killing 25 German soldiers with only a rifle and bayonet, proving that Americans could fight just as well as they could build things.

The film was directed by Howard Hawks, who also directed Red River and To Have and Have Not. It was based on a play called The Song of Bernadette, but it’s hard to tell how much of the play stayed in the movie version.

It’s still one of my favorite films because it has so many great moments: Gary Cooper walking through the trenches; Gary Cooper running across a field barefoot; Gary Cooper talking to his wife about how she should make him some socks before he goes back into battle; Gary Cooper refusing an apple from an old woman because she won’t give him any money for it; Gary

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18. Barbary Coast (1935)             

 Barbary Coast (1935) is a film noir crime drama starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. It was directed by Howard Hawks, who also co-wrote the screenplay with John Huston, with uncredited help from Paul Schrader.

It was produced by Hawks’ brother Arthur, who died during production and was replaced by Edwin Grant, who had also produced Hawks’s Red River (1948).

The film is based on the unfinished novel The Scarface Mob by Dashiell Hammett. The title is derived from a slang term for Barbary pirates; Barbary Coast refers to San Francisco’s Barbary Coast neighborhood in the 1800s.

Themes in the story include corruption in politics and police forces; racketeering on behalf of organized crime families; racism against Chinese immigrants; and alcoholism among its protagonists.

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19. Monkey Business (1952)       

 Howard Hawks is one of the most influential and talented directors in Hollywood history. He’s made some of America’s finest films, including The Big Sleep, Red River, Rio Bravo and Rio Lobo.

But there’s one film that Hawks made that isn’t on many people’s radar: Monkey Business (1952). It might not be as well known as El Dorado or His Girl Friday, but it has a cult following and deserves to be more widely recognized.

Monkey Business is based on the Broadway play by Herb Gardner, which was adapted from the short story The Double Bind by Chester Himes. In it, a former con man who wants to retire but can’t because his crooked ways are too ingrained in him has to go back into action when his old partner needs help.

It was remade twice in subsequent decades—in 1958 with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis as the leads, then again in 1988 with Sylvester Stallone as the lead.

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20. I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

A husband, a wife and a child are captured by the Japanese during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The husband is killed, but the wife and young son are taken to an internment camp for enemy aliens. The boy is sent to live with his aunt and uncle in San Francisco, while his mother goes west to join her brother in Oregon.

When she arrives at her brother’s farm, Ann (Carole Lombard) finds that he has been forced by a local farmer to sell his land to the government for use as an Air Force base. She decides to stay there with her son until things get better.

But the war does not let up, and soon Ann finds herself working for the military herself, helping build a fighter plane factory at Long Beach Naval Shipyard. After being injured by shrapnel during one of its tests, Ann is transferred to another plant where she meets Lt. Bobbie Jo Baker (Ginger Rogers).

After they become romantically involved, they marry and move into a small house owned by Bobbie’s parents just outside of town. They have two more children together before World War II comes to an end – though just barely

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21. Rio Lobo (1970)

Rio Lobo is a western film directed by Howard Hawks. It was based on the novel of the same name by Louis L’Amour. The film stars John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in the lead roles, with Henry Fonda, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role as General Custer. The movie was shot at the Cibola Ranch in California with a crew of 200 men.

The story takes place in 1881 during the American Civil War. The film begins as Rafe McCauley (John Wayne) and his men are attacked by Indians while hunting buffalo. After killing all but one of them, Rafe is shot in the back by one of them who then escapes into the desert with his wife and child.

He is found by a friendly Apache tribe who take him to their village where he recovers from his injuries and learns how to speak their language fluently.

Rafe decides to join up with General George Crook’s army so they can catch up with their enemies and exact revenge on those who have killed his family and friends. Rafe meets up with some fellow soldiers who help him get settled into camp and find out that they have

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22. Tiger Shark (1932)   

 The Tiger Shark (1932) is a film noir directed by Howard Hawks. It was based on the novel of the same name by John Taintor Foote. The film stars Marie Dressler, Otto Kruger and William Bendix.

The film’s plot revolves around an aspiring actress who is murdered in a cheap hotel room during a police investigation into her murder. The evidence shows that she was killed by a man named George Reeves,

but there is no proof that he committed the crime. Police suspicion falls on Reeves’ colleague Sid Hammerback (Otto Kruger), who has been conducting an affair with Dressler and has been trying to seduce her away from Reeves.

The Tiger Shark was based on John Taintor Foote’s novel of the same name.[2][3] Howard Hawks was originally slated to direct this film, but upon learning that his wife was pregnant with his daughter Katharine, he decided against making it.[4] Eventually, William Faulkner took over as director,[5] leaving the project in January 1932.[6]

The screenplay for The Tiger Shark was written by Chandler Brossard.[7][8]

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23. Today We Live (1933)

A romantic comedy that’s more a romance than a comedy, “Today We Live” is one of the best entries in Howard Hawks’ early career. It’s also a rare instance of an actor who was supposed to be playing a character rather than an actual person.

That’s the case with Joel McCrea, who plays an American writer living in Paris at the time of the film’s events (as well as being married to a beautiful Frenchwoman).

The film opens with him arriving at his hotel and being greeted by his wife (Mildred Natwick). She tells him that she has been trying to get him to go home for months, but he won’t hear it. She even offers to send him back if he wants, but he doesn’t seem interested in leaving.

Meanwhile, there are numerous other characters around them. There’s their maid (Ann Rutherford), who works hard but doesn’t get much respect from either one of them;

their cook (Delores Del Rio), who seems like she should be in charge but isn’t; and their doctor (Robert Armstrong), who is always busy but also seems like he should be doing more for them than what he does.

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24. Air Force (1943)        

 Howard Hawks’s Air Force (1943) is an exception to the rule that a film should be judged by its quality and not its politics. It is one of those films that can be watched with some enjoyment, while still providing insight into its time.

The film was made during World War II, but it has little to do with the war itself. Instead, it focuses on the personal lives of two men whose friendship extends beyond their military careers.

One of these men is Lieutenant Glenn Miller (Robert Donat), a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps who has just been promoted to commandeer officer over his squadron.

He is being sent overseas to evaluate new aircraft and train pilots for combat duty, but he misses his wife and child back at home, especially since his older brother and fellow pilot has been killed in action overseas.

The other man is Captain Peter Whittaker (Dana Andrews), who also has a wife and child back home and is eager to serve his country during wartime but cannot get permission from his superiors for leave so that he can see them again before going overseas. Unfortunately, he learns too late that this means losing out on getting married – which

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25. Land of the Pharaohs (1955)

The film Land of the Pharaohs is an adaptation of the novel by H. Rider Haggard, and it’s a pretty faithful adaptation. The characters remain mostly true to their literary counterparts, but there are a few minor changes that I’m not sure whether they’re improvements or not.

The story is set in Africa and follows the adventures of David Livingstone (Laurence Harvey), a missionary who travels across Africa to spread Christianity among its people. He meets up with white men who want him to help them fight against the evil King Leopold of Belgium, who’s been trying to take control over Africa in order to exploit its resources.

I thought this was an interesting choice for a film because it allowed for lots of action sequences as well as plenty of scenes showing David’s interaction with his African friends. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t really care much about any of these things at all; after watching Land of the Pharaohs twice, I just didn’t like it very much anymore.

There were some aspects that were great (such as the scene where David rescues his daughter from being eaten by lions) but most of them left me bored or confused

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  • Jack Hawkins, Joan Collins, James Robertson Justice (Actors)
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Characteristics of Howard Hawks Movies

 Howard Hawks is one of the most important and influential directors in Hollywood history. His career spanned more than six decades, during which he made just under 40 films, many of them masterpieces. In addition to directing his own films, he often collaborated with a number of other actors, writers and directors.

Hawks was born in Chicago on June 8, 1902. He grew up in Kansas City and attended the university there before moving to California and enrolling at UCLA Film School. While at UCLA, he began making short films but soon left school and moved back to Kansas City where he began working as an independent filmmaker.

After making several short films with his brother Robert, Howard formed a production company called Bryna Productions with Robert and another man named John Longton (who later became a successful director).

Bryna Productions produced its first feature film “Scarlet Street” (1945), which was based on a story written by William Faulkner (who also worked as an uncredited writer on “Gone With The Wind”). Over the next few years,

Howard Hawks would go on to make dozens of films including “The Big Sleep” (1946), “Rio Bravo” (1959) and “Red River” (1948).

Best Howard Hawks Movies – Wrapping Up

 As the great American filmmaker Howard Hawks once said, “A man’s home is his castle,” and Howard Hawks films are all about the power of the home.

Hawks had a unique vision that was as much about life as it was about cinema. His films were always done with an eye for detail and an understanding of how his characters interacted with the world around them. This led to a style that was both realistic and poetic at the same time.

The movies below are a small sample of what makes Howard Hawks such a singular director:

His ability to look at a scene from multiple angles, each with its own meaning, is what makes his films so fascinating. He always seemed to be able to capture something new in each film he made — something that stood out even decades after its release.

Howard Hawks has been called many things over his long career — genius, perfectionist and even difficult — but one thing he definitely wasn’t is boring.

 

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