Tag Archives: Howard Hawks

Bringing Up Baby: David, Susan and the Big Cat

AND SO BEGINS THE HILARIOUS ADVENTURE OF PROFESSOR DAVID HUXLEY AND MISS SUSAN VANCE, A FLUTTER-BRAINED VIXEN WITH LOVE IN HER HEART! There are some people who love making the argument that sometimes the critics are ”wrong” whenever a panned movie becomes a box-office hit. As if this is a competition over who’s right and … Continue reading Bringing Up Baby: David, Susan and the Big Cat

To Have and Have Not: Learning How to Whistle

THE SCREEN’S MOST MASCULINE HE-MAN MEETS THE YEAR’S SEXIEST FEMININE DISCOVERY! When I was in Key West earlier this year, I went to the Ernest Hemingway House and took the guided tour. After petting some of the 58 cats currently residing there I bought ”To Have and Have Not” at the museum store. Reading it … Continue reading To Have and Have Not: Learning How to Whistle

Rio Bravo: A Sheriff Takes a Chance

THEY FOUGHT BACK TO BACK… NO QUARTER GIVEN… NO QUARTER ASKED… NO WAY IN… NO WAY OUT… OF RIO BRAVO. John Wayne was not a fan of High Noon (1952) for purely political reasons. In his view, that film celebrated collectivism, having Gary Cooper’s sheriff come looking for help among the reluctant townsfolk, when in … Continue reading Rio Bravo: A Sheriff Takes a Chance

His Girl Friday: Talk Fast or Die

THE YEAR’S WILDEST, WITTIEST WHIRLWIND OF A LOVE BATTLE… OUTRAGEOUSLY RACY… SPARKLING… GAY! In the 1930s and ’40s, Howard Hawks was all over the place as he did his part in shaping the history of Hollywood. Scarface (1932) was a landmark motion picture in the gangster genre; later, The Big Sleep (1946) and Red River … Continue reading His Girl Friday: Talk Fast or Die

The Big Sleep: Twisted Turns

THE TYPE OF MAN SHE HATED… WAS THE TYPE SHE WANTED!   In 1945, Hollywood agent Charles Feldman had seen the yet-to-be released adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s crime novel “The Big Sleep”. As a representative for Lauren Bacall, he was not particularly pleased. In a letter to Jack Warner, he wrote that the movie needed … Continue reading The Big Sleep: Twisted Turns