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John Huston

auteur John Huston [1906-87] formal portrait, circa 1970          short profile

movies of John Huston

works about John Huston

The Huston Clan


"Substance separates film from movies." — John Huston

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John Huston entry at Wikipedia
John Huston credits [1929-88] at Internet Movie Database

star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame  won Oscar for Best Directorfor "The Treasure of The Sierra Madre" [1948]   won Oscar for Best Original Script for "The Treasure of The Sierra Madre" [1948]    John Huston won Oscars for Best Director & Best Script
for "The Treasure of The Sierra Madre" [1948]
— out of 15 Oscar nominations

He also received
the W.G.A. Award (1949) out of 9 nominations
7 D.G.A. Award nominations (1951-86)
Silver Lion (1953) & Career Golden Lion (1985) Awards at the Venice Film Festival
the W.G.A. Laurel Award for Screen Writing Achievement (1964)
a David di Donatello Award (1966)
the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Career Achievement Award (1979)
a Gala Tribute by the Film Society of Lincoln Center (1980)
the A.F.I. Lifetime Achievement Award (1983)
the D.G.A. Lifetime Achievement Award (1983)
an Independent Spirit Award (1988)
and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Movies  of  John Huston
John Huston credits [1929-88] at Internet Movie Database
browse John Huston as director on DVD at Amazon
browse John Huston as actor on DVD at Amazon

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"Sergeant York"  [1941] (screenplay)

"High Sierra"  [Warner Bros. Jan 1941]
High Sierra one-sheet poster  Directed by Raoul Walsh; script by John Huston & W.R. Burnett, based on Burnett's 1940 novel; starring Humphrey Bogart, Ida Lupino, Alan Curtis, Arthur Kennedy, Joan Leslie, Henry Hull, Henry Travers, Cornel Wilde & Donald MacBride
Warner b&w keepcase DVD [10/2006] for $17.99
Warner b&w DVD [11/2003] for $17.99
Warner b&w VHS [3/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
screenplay & critical text [1979] Edited by Douglas Gomery
Univ WI Press 8½x5½ pb [10/79] for $24.95
Univ WI Press 9x6 hardcover [10/79] out of print/used

"The Maltese Falcon"
[Warner Bros. Oct 1941]
Maltese Falcon video  A San Francisco private eye investigating the murder of his partner finds that the beautiful client is lying, and several strange characters keep pumping him for information on the 'maltese falcon', an object worth killing for. Written & directed by John Huston, based on the 1929 novel by Dashiell Hammett [1894-1961]; starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet & Peter Lorre; Oscar noms for Best Picture & Best Script
Warner Home Video b&w DVD set [10/2006] 3 disks for $22.99
Warner b&w DVD [2/2000] for $16.99
Warner Special Edition b&w VHS [6/2001] out of stock/used
Warner b&w VHS [5/97] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia
27"x40" white poster from Amazon for $19.99

more details (synopsis, books, spoofs, posters, links) on
BlackHat Mystery Bookstore's "The Maltese Falcon" 1941 Movie Page

"The Maltese Falcon" was a critical and box office success; Warner Bros. planned a sequel, and Huston did
write a sequel script featuring the Sam Spade character. But Dashiell Hammett informed Warner Bros. that
they had purchased only rights to the novel, that he owned the rights to the characters. Huston's script was
revised by Howard Koch and filmed by Jean Negulesco in 1946 {see below}.

During World War II, John Huston served as a Major in the
U.S.A.A.F.'s First Motion Picture Unit

"Report From The Aleutians"  [US Army 1943]
written, directed & narrated by John Huston; credits

"The Battle of San Pietro" documentary [US Army 1945 short]
written, directed & narrated by John Huston; credits

"Let There Be Light" docu   [1946]

"Three Strangers" [Warner Bros./ First national Jan 1946]
Three Strangers movie directed by Jean Negulesco  On the eve of Chinese New Year in London, a young woman asks two strangers to help her test the magical properties of a Kwan Yin statue; the three decide to share the purchase of a sweepstakes ticket. Directed by Jean Negulesco; script by John Huston & Howard Koch; starring Geraldine Fitzgerald, Sydney Greenstreet & Peter Lorre
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

"The Treasure of The Sierra Madre"  [1948]
directed by John Huston, starring Humphrey Bogart
"Treasure of the Sierra Madre" [] from BFI by James Naremore 9780299076849

"Key Largo"  [1948]

"The  Asphalt  Jungle"
[M.G.M. May 1950]
Asphalt Jungle poster  Just out of prison, a legendary criminal recruits a safecracker, a driver, a financial backer, and a strong-arm man for a million-dollar burglary. At first the plan goes like clockwork, but little accidents accumulate and each partner proves to have his own fatal weakness. Co-written & directed by John Huston; based on the 1949 novel by W.R. Burnett; starring Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Sam Jaffe, John McIntire, Marilyn Monroe & Anthony Caruso; Oscar nominated for Best Picture, Best Script, Best Cinematography & Best Supporting Actor [SJ]
Warner b&w DVD [7/2004] for $17.99
Turner Home Video b&w VHS [2/92] for $19.99
full credits from IMDb

"The Red Badge of Courage" [1951]

"The African Queen" [United Artists Dec 1951}
movie entry at Wikipedia
full credits from IMDb

Making of The African Queen book by Katharine Hepburn  "The Making of The African Queen: Or How I Went To Africa With Bogart, Bacall & Huston and Almost Lost My Mind" [1987]
by Katharine Hepburn

Plume 7x5 pb [10/88] out of print/many used
Knopf 9x7 hardcover [8/87] out of print/many, many used
see also Magic Lantern's Humphrey Bogart Page
The African Queen novel by C.S. Forester  
"The African Queen" [1935 novel]
by C.S. Forester

Back Bay Books 7¾x5 pb [6/84] for $10.19
Queens House 8¾x5¾ hardcover [6/77] for $26.95

more details (synopsis, docufilms, posters, books, links) on
Magic Lantern's "The African Queen" 1951 Movie Page

"Moulin Rouge" [1952]
Directed by John Huston, starring José Ferrer;
full credits from IMDb
MGM/UA color VHS [12/89] for $17.99

"Beat The Devil"  [1953]
Directed by John Huston, starring Humphrey Bogart

"Moby Dick"  [1956]
Moby Dick video  Directed by John Huston; script by Ray Bradbury, John Huston & Norman Corwin, based on the epic 1851 novel by Herman Melville; starring Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn, Royal Dano & Orson Welles
MGM/UA DVD [6/2001] for $16.99
MGM/UA VHS video [8/99] for $13.99
full credits from IMDb
Green Shadows, White Whale novel by Ray Bradbury  "Green Shadows, White Whale: A Novel of Ray Bradbury's Adventures Making Moby Dick With John Huston In Ireland" [1992]
by Ray Bradbury [1920-2012]

Harper Perennial 8x5¼ pb [9/98] for $13.99
Spectra mass pb [7/93] out of print/used
Knopf 8¾x6 hardcover [5/92] out of print/many used

"Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison"  [1957]

"The Barbarian and The Geisha"  [1958]

"The Unforgiven"  [1960]

"The Misfits" [United Artists Feb 1961]
Directed by John Huston; written by Arthur Miller [1915-2005]; starring Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe,
Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter & Eli Wallach; videos/DVDs • credits from IMDb

"Making The Misfits" [2002] starring Arthur Miller, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable & John Huston

"The Cardinal" [Columbia Dec 1963]
Preminger's The Cardinal movie poster  While Preminger's film waters down and even cheapens the story, the hypocrisy of religious organiza- tions (of all stripes) and their devotion to politics over the purported (religious) message is made very clear. Produced & directed by Otto Preminger; based on the 1950 novel by Henry Morton Robinson; starring Tom Tryon, Romy Schneider, Carol Lynley, Jill Haworth, Dorothy Gish, Raf Vallone, John Saxon, John Huston, Burgess Meredith, Josef Meinrad, Cecil Kellaway, Ossie Davis, Chill Wills & Arthur Hunnicutt; nominated for 6 Oscars, including Best Director & Best Actor (John Huston)
Warner widescreen color DVD [2/2003] 2 disks for $23.99 (many extras)
Warner widescreen color DVD [9/2005] for $12.99
Anchor Bay color VHS [6/89] out of prodn/many used
Anchor Bay widescreen color VHS [6/95] 2 tapes - out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"Night of The Iguana"  [1964]

"The Legend of Marilyn Monroe"  [1964] docufilm narrated by director John Huston

"The Bible: In The Beginning"  [1966]
covers the first 22 chapters of Genesia

"Fat City"  [1972]

"Chinatown"  [1974]
Directed by Roman Polanski; starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway & John Huston

"The Wind and The Lion"  [1975] directed by John Milius

"Independence"  [National Park Service July 1976]
John Huston's 1976 short film "Independence"  28-minute color film made for the U.S. Bicentennial celebration, covering the Declaration of Independence, the Constitutional Convention, and the inauguration of President John Adams; the film is shown daily at Independence Park in Philadelphia
Directed by John Huston; narrated by E.G. Marshall; starring William Atherton, John Favorite, Pat Hingle {as John Adams}, Ken Howard {as Tom Jefferson}, Anne Jackson {as Abigail Adams}, Donald Moore, Scott Mulhern {as Alexander Hamilton}, Patrick O'Neal {as George Washington}, John Randolph {as Samuel Adams}, Paul Sparer {as John Hancock}, Tom Spratley, Donald Symington, James Tolkan {as Tom Paine} & Eli Wallach {as Ben Franklin}
National Park Service color DVD [undated] out of prodn/scarce
National Park Service color VHS [undated] for $29.88
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

"Sherlock Holmes In New York"  [1976 TV]

"Winter Kills"  [1979]
Starring Jeff Bridges, John Huston

"Annie"  [Rastar/Columbia 1982]
1982 Annie movie  Produced by Ray Stark; directed by John Huston; script by Carol Sobieski, based on the Broadway musical; starring Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters & Edward Herrmann
Sony Special Edition color DVD [1/2004] for $9.99
Sony widescreen color DVD [12/2000] out of prodn/used
Sony Special Edition color VHS [1/2004] out of stock/used
Sony color VHS [8/97] out of stock/many used
Sony soundtrack CD [10/90] for $8.97
full credits at IMDb

"Under The Volcano"  [1984]

"Prizzi's Honor"  [1985]

"The Dead"  [1987]

Works  About  John Huston

"Open Book" autobiography [] by John Huston 9780306805738

Huston bio by Kaminsky

White Hunter Black Heart  "White Hunter, Black Heart" [Malpaso/Warner Bros. May & Sept 1990]
A world-famous movie director on location in Africa neglects the production of his movie for an obsession with hunting and killing one particular elephant. The main character is modeled after John Huston, the movie being filmed is "The African Queen" [1951], the movie stars are Humphrey Bogart & Kate Hepburn. Co-produced & directed by and starring Clint Eastwood; co-written by Peter Viertel, based on his novel; co-written by James Bridges & Burt Kennedy; also starring Jeff Fahey, Charlotte Cornwell, Norman Lumsden, George Dzundza, Marisa Berenson, Richard Vanstone, Jamie Koss & Mel Martin
Warner Home Video widescreen color DVD [9/2003] for $17.99
Warner Home Video color VHS [6/99] out of prodn/used
27"x40" poster from Amazon for $19.99
full credits from IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia
White Hunter, Black Heart novel by Peter Viertel  
"White Hunter, Black Heart" novel [Doubleday 1953]
by Peter Viertel

Penguin mass pb [8/90] out of print/used
Laurel mass pb [8/87] out of print/used

"American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Awards Salute To John Huston"
[A.F.I./CBS-TV March 1983]
video/DVD not available; show credits from IMDb

"Huston, We Have A Problem: A Kaleidoscope of Filmmaking Memories" []
by cinematographer Geoffrey Bull 9780810857063

"Picture" [] by Lillian Ross, Foreword by Anjelica Huston 9780306811289

"Dangerous Friends: At Large With Huston & Hemingway" [] by Peter Viertel

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.
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
Knopf 9½x6½ hardcover [2/2006] for $23.10
Art by Film Directors book by Karl French  "Art By Film Directors" [2004] by Karl French
includes chapters on Charlie Chaplin, Jean Cocteau, Sergei Eisenstein, Federico Fellini, Terry Gilliam, Peter Greenaway, Alfred Hitchcock, Dennis Hopper, John Huston, Takeshi Kitano, Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, Fritz Lang, Alan Parker, Gordon Parks, Satyajit Ray, Martin Scorsese, Josef von Sternberg, Wim Wenders, and others
Mitchell Beazley 11½x9½ hardcover [11/2004] for $30.40
Five Came Back / Hollywood & the Second World War book by Mark Harris  
"Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and The Second World War - John Ford, George Stevens, John Huston, William Wyler, Frank Capra" [2014] by Mark Harris
Kindle Edition from Penguin Group [2/2014] for $11.99
Penguin Press 9¼x6 hardcover [2/2014] for $20.18

The  Huston  Clan
John Huston was born in 1906 in Missouri, won two Oscars during a film career of 59 years, and died in 1987 at age 81.

"The Hustons: Hollywood's Maverick Family" by LGrobel

father actor Walter Thomas Huston [1883-1950] was born in Canada
"September Song: An Intimate Biography of Walter Huston" [1998] by John Weld
mother Rhea Gore Huston [] - married 1904, divorced 1909

aunt Margaret Carrington

adopted son Pablo Albarran Huston [] of Mexico, adopted 1948

first wife Dorothy Harvey Huston [] - married 1925–1926

second wife Lesley Black Huston [] - married 1937–1945

third wife Evelyn Keyes Huston [] - married 1946–1950

fourth wife Enrica Soma Huston [-1969] - married 1950, widower 1969

son attorney Walter Antony 'Tony' Huston [b. 1950]

daughter actress Anjelica Huston [b. 1951]
"A Story Lately Told: A Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York" [2013] by Anjelica Huston 9781451656299

partner Zoë Sallis (met 1960, mother of Danny Huston)

son actor-director Danny Huston [b. 1962]

stepdaughter Allegra Huston [b. 1964] lives in Taos, New Mexico
"Love Child: A Memoir of Family Lost and Found" [] by Allegra Huston (S&S $26.95) +

fifth wife Celeste Shane Huston [] - married 1972–1977

L i n k s
John Huston credits [1929-88] at Internet Movie Database
browse John Huston on DVD
John Huston entry at Wikipedia
U.S.A.A.F.'s First Motion Picture Unit Page
John Huston Award for Artists Rights [est. 1994]

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