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“I'm a storyteller; that's the chief function of a director.
And they're moving pictures, let's make 'em move!"

“There's action only if there is danger.”

“A good movie is three good scenes and no bad scenes.”

— Howard Hawks

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Howard Hawks entry at Wikipedia
Howard Hawks credits [1917-83] at Internet Movie Database

star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame  Howard Hawks won an Honorary Oscar in 1975      Howard Hawks won an Honorary Oscar in 1975
and was nominated for a Best Director Oscar for "Sergeant York" [1941]
He also received
three D.G.A. Award nominations [1949-60]
the Western Heritage Trustees Award [1974]
a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
and was listed by The Atlantic Monthly among America's Most Influential Filmmakers [Dec 2006]

Movies  of  Howard  Hawks
Howard Hawks credits [1917-83] at Internet Movie Database
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"Howard Hawks Collection" for Region 2 [2011] currently unavailable at Amazon

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"The Road To Glory" [1926]

"Fig Leaves" [1926]

"The Cradle Snatchers" [1927]

"Paid To Love" [1927]

"A Girl In Every Port" [Fox Feb 1928] /tt0018937/
Co-written & directed by Howard Hawks; starring Victor McLaglen, Robert Armstrong, Louise Brooks

"Fazil" [1928]

"The Air Circus" [1928]

"Trent's Last Case" [1929]

"The Dawn Patrol" [1930]

"The Dawn Patrol" remake [1938] /tt0030044/
Directed by Edmund Goulding; co-written by Seton I. Miller, John Monk Saunders & Howard Hawks
(uncredited); starring Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, David Niven

"The Criminal Code" [1931] /tt0021770/
Co-produced & directed (uncredited) by Howard Hawks; based on the Martin Flavin stageplay; cinematography
by James Wong Howe; starring Walter Huston, Phillips Holmes, Constance Cummings

"La Foule Hurle" [1932]

"Scarface: The Shame of A Nation"
[United Artists March 1932; re-released 1979]
Scarface 1932  The rise & fall of Italian ganglord Tony Camonte in Chicago, circa 1930. Co-produced by Howard Hughes; directed by Howard Hawks & Richard Rosson; script by Ben Hecht, W.R. Burnett & others; starring Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Osgood Perkins & George Raft; listed at National Film Registry (1994)
Universal b&w VHS [4/90] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb

"The Crowd Roars" [1932]

"Tiger Shark" [1932]

"Today We Live" [1933]

"The Prizefighter and The Lady" [1933] (uncredited)

"Viva Villa !" [MGM April 1934]
Viva Villa!  Directed by Jack Conway & Howard Hawks; starring Wallace Beery, Leo Carrillo & Fay Wray; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Script, Best Sound, won for Best Asst Director
Warner Video b&w VHS [4/93] for $14.95
full credits from IMDb

"Twentieth Century" [Columbia Pictures May 1934]
Twentieth Century 1934 poster  The actress protege of a Broadway director decamps for Hollywood; her career soars and his fades. When he meets her on the train to the West Coast, he tries to persuade her to return to the stage. Co-produced & directed by Howard Hawks; script by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur, based on their Broadway play; starring John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns, Ralph Forbes, Charles Lane, Etienne Girardot & Edgar Kennedy
Sony b&w DVD [2/2005] for $89.90 {sic}
Sony b&w VHS [6/98] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbcredits on Broadway

"Barbary Coast" [1935]

"Ceiling Zero" [1936]

"Sutter's Gold" [1936] (uncredited)

"The Road To Glory"  [Fox Aug 1936]
The Road To Glory 1936 movie directed by Howard Hawks  In the trenches of 1916 World War I, new recruits alter the existing relationships, including competition for the nurse's affections; then the unit is ordered to the front to install a telephone to direct the artillery. Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck; directed by Howard Hawks; co-written by William Faulkner; cinematography by Gregg Toland; starring Fredric March, Warner Baxter, Lionel Barrymore, Gregory Ratoff & June Lang
video/DVD not available; full credits at IMDb

"Come and Get It" [1936]

"Test Pilot" [1938] /tt0030848/
co-writer (uncredited); starring Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore

"Bringing Up Baby" [1938] starring Katharine Hepburn & Cary Grant

"Only Angels Have Wings" [1939] starring Cary Grant & Jean Arthur
Remade again in 1942 (Flying Tigers) and again (loosely) in 1983 as a TV series (Tales of the Gold Monkey)

"His Girl Friday" [1940] starring Cary Grant & Rosalind Russell

"Sergeant York" [1941] starring Gary Cooper;
the highest-grossing film of its year; won two Academy Awards (Best Actor and Best Editing)

"Ball of Fire" [1941]

"Air Force" [1943]

"The Outlaw: The Story of Billy The Kid"
[United Artists Feb 1943]
classic publicity photo of Jane Russell for "The Outlaw" [1943]  Gunfighter Doc Holliday arrives in Lincoln, New Mexico, looking for his stolen horse. Sheriff Pat Garrett finds it in the possession of cowboy outlaw Billy the Kid. Doc and Billy become friends, the sheriff wounds Billy, and Doc asks his girlfriend Rio to hide Billy. Romance ensues, Billy assumes possession of both the girl and the horse, and the final showdown is expectedly tragic (and non-historical). Produced & co-directed by Howard Hughes, co-directed by Howard Hawks; cinematography by Gregg Toland; starring Jack Buetel {as Billy}, Jane Russell, Thomas Mitchell, Walter Huston, Ben Johnson & Mimi Aguglia
Platinum Disc b&w DVD [6/99] for $6.99
R.O.A.N. b&w DVD [10/99] for $12.99
Madacy Ent. b&w VHS [9/97] out of prodn/used
Starcuts b&w VHS [4/2002] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"To Have and Have Not"
[Warner Bros./First National Oct 1944]
To Have and Have Not movie directed by Howard Hawks, starring Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall   On the island of Martinique just after France fell to the Germans, the local Resistance asks a world-weary fishing boat captain for help transporting freedom fighters. At first he refuses, but circumstances compel him to stand against the local Vichy thugs. Directed by Howard Hawks; script by Leigh Brackett, William Faulkner & Jules Furthman, based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway; first film pairing of Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall; also starring Walter Brennan, Dolores Moran, Hoagy Carmichael, Sheldon Leonard, Walter Szurovy & Marcel Dalio
Warner Home Video b&w keepcase DVD [7/2006] for $14.99
Warner Home Video b&w snapcase DVD [11/2003] for $17.99
Warner Home Video b&w VHS [9/98] for $12.92
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"The Big Sleep" [Warner Bros. Aug 1946]
Big Sleep 1946 poster  
Big Sleep  
Directed by Howard Hawks; script by Leigh Brackett, William Faulkner & Jules Furthman, based on the 1939 novel by Raymond Chandler; starring Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall; listed in National Film Registry 1997
Warner both-version b&w DVD [2/2000] for $6.87
Warner 114-min. b&w 'theatrical release' VHS [3/2000] for $14.95
Warner 135-min. b&w 1945 'pre-release version' VHS [3/2000] out of prodn/used
M.G.M./Warner 114-min. b&w VHS [9/99] for $2.49
M.G.M./Warner 114-min. b&w VHS [1/99] for $3.48
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)
Vintage 8x5 pb [8/92] for $8.80
Spanish-language edition "El Sueño Eterno":
Alianza pb [6/2005] for $12.95

"Red River" [studio mo 1948]
Directed by Howard Hawks; starring John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru & Walter Brennan;
listed at National Film Registry 1990; videos/DVDscredits from IMDb

"Red River" critical text [BFI Publishing, 2000] by Suzanne Liandrat-Guigues

"A Song Is Born" [1948] /tt0040820/
Directed by Howard Hawks; co-written by Thomas Monroe, Harry Tugend & Billy Wilder;
starring Danny Kaye & Virginia Mayo

"I Was A Male War Bride" [1949]

"The Thing (From Another World)" [1951] (uncredited)

"The Big Sky" [R.K.O. Pictures Aug 1952]
The Big Sky  Directed by Howard Hawks, from the A.B. Guthrie Jr. novel; starring Kirk Douglas, Dewey Martin, Elizabeth Threatt, Arthur Hunnicutt & Buddy Baer; Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor (AH), Best B&W Cinematography
Warner b&w VHS [5/93] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
Novel by A.B. Guthrie, Jr. [1947]
Houghton Mifflin 8x5½ pb [1/2002] for $11.20

"Monkey Business" [1952]

"O. Henry's Full House"
anthology feature film [Fox Oct 1952]
O. Henry's Full House movie  Based on short stories of O. Henry [1862-1910]; on-screen narration by John Steinbeck; includes "The Cop and the Anthem" directed by Henry Koster; "The Clarion Call" directed by Henry Hathaway; "The Last Leaf" directed by Jean Negulesco; "The Ransom of Red Chief" directed by Howard Hawks; and "The Gift of the Magi" directed by Henry King; actors include Lee Aaker, Fred Allen, Anne Baxter, Jeanne Craine, Farley Granger, Charles Laughton, Oscar Levant, Marilyn Monroe, Jean Peters, Gregory Ratoff, Dale Robertson & Richard Widmark; extras include two featurettes & two 1927 silent shorts
Fox color DVD [11/2006] for $14.99
full credits from IMDb

"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" [1953]
Starring Marilyn Monroe

"Land of The Pharaohs"
[Warner Bros. June 1955]
Land of The Pharaohs movie poster directed by Howard Hawks  Pharoah Khulu wants all the gold in the world, so he can take it with him into the afterlife. He makes a deal with a captive architect to build a robbery-proof pyramid tomb, in return for the freedom of the enslaved people. The pharoah marries a second wife, who murders the first wife and plots to prevent the gold from being entombed, and maybe help the pharoah die early. Co-produced & directed by Howard Hawks; co-written by William Faulkner; starring Jack Hawkins, Joan Collins, James Robertson Justice, Dewey Martin, Alex Minotis, Luisella Boni & Sydney Chaplin
Warner Home Video widescreen color DVD [6/2007] for $9.99
Warner Home Video color VHS [7/94] for $0.00
full credits at IMDb

"Rio Bravo" [1959]
Starring John Wayne, Dean Martin and Walter Brennan
Remade twice by Hawks: as "El Dorado' [1966] and again as "Rio Lobo" [1970], both also starring John Wayne
videos/DVDscredits from IMDbwatch official trailer [2:46] online at YouTube

"Rio Bravo" critical text by Robin Wood [BFI Publishing 2003]

"Hatari !" [1962]

"Man's Favorite Sport?" [1964]

"Red Line 7000" [1965]

"El Dorado" [1966]
remake of "Rio Bravo" [1959], directed by Howard Hawks; starring John Wayne

"Rio Lobo" [Batjac/National General Dec 1970]
Italian poster for 'Rio Lobo' 1970 John Wayne Western movie  Supposedly a second remake of "Rio Bravo" [1959], but the stories are not really that similar; Wayne's Col. McNally is betrayed during the U.S. Civil War and a band of Confederate soldiers hijack a gold shipment from him; after the war ends, McNally receives word that the traitors have taken over the town of Rio Lobo in Texas. . . • Filmed at Old Tucson Studios in Arizona and in Mexico; co-produced & directed by Howard Hawks {his final film}; written by Burton Wohl & Leigh Brackett; music by Jerry Goldsmith; starring John Wayne, Jorge Rivero, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam, Christopher Mitchum, Victor French, Susana Dosamantes, Sherry Lansing, David Huddleston, Mike Henry, Bill Williams, Jim Davis, Dean Smith, Robert Donner, George Plimpton, Edward Faulkner, Peter Jason, Chuck Courtney, Robert Rothwell, Bob Steele & Hank Worden
Paramount widescreen color Blu-ray [5/2011] 2 disks for $16.01
Paramount widescreen color DVD [4/2003] for $8.49
Paramount color VHS [12/2000] for $5.94
Fox color VHS [8/97] for $6.77
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediawatch full movie [1:54:16] online at YouTube

Works  About  Howard  Hawks

Howard Hawks biography by Robin Wood  
"Howard Hawks" biography [Doubleday 1969]
by Robin Wood

Wayne State Univ Press 7¼x5¼ pb [2/2006] for $20.17
Focus On Howard Hawks book edited by Joseph McBride  "Focus On Howard Hawks" [1972]
Edited by Joseph McBride

Prentice-Hall hardcover [8/00] out of print/scarce

"The Men Who Made The Movies: Howard Hawks" [PBS-TV 1973]
Co-produced, written & directed by Richard Schickel; narrated by Sydney Pollack
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

Men Who Made The Movies interviews book by Richard Schickel  "The Men Who Made The Movies: Interviews With Frank Capra, George Cukor, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Vincente Minnelli, King Vidor, Raoul Walsh & William A. Wellman" [1975]
by Richard Schickel

Ivan R. Dee, Publr 9x6 pb [4/2001] for $19.95
Atheneum 10¼x7¼ hardcover [1975] out of print/used
poster for Hughes & Harlow, Angels in Hell 1978 movie  "Hughes and Harlow: Angels In Hell" [indep Jan 1978]
A version of the 1930 filming of "Hell's Angels" by Howard Hughes and his romance with teenage star Jean Harlow. Co-produced, co-written & directed by Larry Buchanan; starring Victor Holchak as Howard Hughes, Lindsay Bloom as Jean Harlow, David McLean, Royal Dano & Adam Roarke (as Howard Hawks}
DVD/Blu-ray not available • Monterey Home Video VHS [undated] out of prodn/used
white poster {as at left} from Amazon 11"x17" for $6.2927"x40" for $18.99
two-shot poster from Amazon 11"x17" for $6.2927"x40" for $22.99
full credits at IMDb
Hawks On Hawks book by edited by Joseph McBride  
"Hawks On Hawks" [1982] Edited by Joseph McBride
Univ CA Press 7x6½ pb [7/82] out of print/used
Howard Hawks Jungian Study book by Clark Branson  "Howard Hawks: A Jungian Study" [1987]
by Clark Branson, Illustrated by Marc Johnson

Capra Press 8¾x6½ pb [3/87] out of print/used
Players Press 8¼x5½ hardcover [6/87] for $20.00
Romantic Comedy from Lubitsch to Sturges  "Romantic Comedy In Hollywood: From Lubitsch To Sturges" [1987]
by James Harvey

covers masters of the genre Ernst Lubitsch [1892-1947], Frank Capra [1897-1991],
George Stevens [1904-75], Howard Hawks [1896-1977] & Preston Sturges [1898-1959],
and many actors

Da Capo Press 9x6½ pb [1/2001] for $26.00
Knopf hardcover [12/87] out of print/many, many used
Howard Hawks, American Artist TV documentary  "Howard Hawks: American Artist" TV special [B.F.I./BBC-TV/Bravo 1997]
60-minute TV documentary directed by Kevin Macdonald; written by Todd McCarthy; featuring Lauren Bacall, Peter Bogdanovich, James Caan, Harry Carey Jr., Angie Dickinson, William Friedkin, Walter Hill & Michael Mann • credits at IMDb
DVD/Blu-ray not available • Winstar b&w/color VHS [6/98] out of prodn/used
companion book [1997] Edited by Jim Hillier & Peter Wollen
British Film Institute 9¼x6 pb [4/97] out of print/used
British Film Institute 9¼x6¼ hardcover [1/2008] out of print/used
Grey Fox of Hollywood book by Todd MacCarthy  
"Howard Hawks: The Grey Fox of Hollywood" [1997]
by Todd MacCarthy

Grove Press 9x6 pb [11/2000] for $15.00
Grove Press hardcover [5/97] out of print/many used
French-language 'Le Film Noir' book by Patrick Brion  "Le Film Noir: L'Áge d'Or du Film Criminel Américain" [2004] by Patrick Brion
Subjects include Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, Stanley Kubrick, Nicholas Ray & Orson Welles
Editions de la Martinière French-language hardcover [9/2004] out of print/used at Amazon France
Howard Hawks: Interviews book edited by Scott Breivold  "Howard Hawks: Interviews" [2006]
Edited by Scott Breivold

Univ Press MS 9x6 pb [2/2006] for $17.16
Univ Press MS 9x6¼ hardcover [2/2006] for $50.00
Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age  "Conversations With The Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age: At The American Film Institute" [2006] by George Stevens, Jr.
Knopf 9½x6½ hardcover [2/2006] for $23.10
interviews with 32 major writers, directors & cinematographers, including Ingmar Bergman, writer Ray Bradbury, Richard Brooks, Frank Capra, William Clothier, Stanley Cortez, George Cukor, Federico Fellini, George Folsey, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, James Wong Howe, John Huston, Elia Kazan, Gene Kelly, Stanley Kramer, Fritz Lang, David Lean, Ernest Lehman, Mervyn LeRoy, Harold Lloyd, Rouben Mamoulian, Satyajit Ray, Jean Renoir, George Stevens, King Vidor, Hal Wallis, Raoul Walsh, Billy Wilder, Robert Wise, William Wyler & Fred Zinnemann

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Howard Hawks credits [1917-83] at Internet Movie Database
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