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Howard R. Hughes

Howard Hughes standing in front of a 1930s airplane         short profile
cast of characters

movies about Howard Hughes
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Howard's movies

Howard's aircraft


Howard Robard Hughes, Junior was born 24 December 1905 in Houston [or Humble], Texas;
he died 5 April 1976 in an air ambulance on its way to Houston, Texas.

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The Nevada Years
          Howard moved with his Mormon entourage to the gambling resort of Las Vegas, Nevada in November 1966; the ostensible reason was that the state of Nevada has no personal or corporate income tax. The story goes that he took up residence at the Desert Inn Hotel on the Las Vegas 'Strip', and when management would not let him have the top floor to himself, he bought the place. He had owned thousands of mining claims all over the state of Nevada (and California) since the Twenties, and soon began buying more of them and several hotel and media properties. When the Hughes Nevada Operations Corporation {H.N.O.} was formed in late 1968, it consisted of the Castaways Hotel & Casino, the Desert Inn Hotel & Casino, the Frontier Hotel & Casino, the Landmark Hotel (a tower with two casinos), the Sands Hotel & Casino, the Silver Slipper Casino, North Las Vegas Airport, Alamo Airways, K.L.A.S TV-8, the Spring Mountain Ranch (today's planned community of Summerlin), and the private Executive Air Terminal facility at the southwest corner of McCarren Airport.
          {Coincidentally: The owner of this website worked for two years as Howard's systems programmer there in Las Vegas, on a then-state-of-the-art I.B.M. 360-30 computer; that employment ended with the Summa takeover in November 1970. Also, I worked in two different situations under Gen. Edward H. Nigro: he was commander at Sheppard Air Force Base Technical Training Center in Texas (where the Air Force trained me as a computer programmer, prior to my assignment to Nellis A.F.B in Las Vegas); and after Nigro's retirement as a Major General in October 1967, he worked for Robert Maheu at H.N.O. in Las Vegas.}
          Though Howard was not yet 65 years old, his health was worsening; some say that he had developed pneumonia. On 5 November 1970, his Mormon handlers arranged for an ambulance to take their employer from the Desert Inn to nearby Nellis A.F.B. where a chartered air ambulance waited to whisk Howard Hughes southward. The subsequent takeover by Summa Corp. was swift – Robert Maheu & Ed Nigro were removed, the corporate entities were reorganized – and the four-year Nevada chapter of Howard's life was closed.

Cast of Characters

uncle Rupert Hughes [1872-1956]
"Rupert Hughes: A Hollywood Legend" [9/1997] by James O. Kemm /0938817493/

Noah Dietrich [1889-1982], Howard's CEO from 1925-1957

Jake W. Ehrlich, Sr. [1900-71] = SFO lawyer for HRHughes for four decades

Jack G. Real [1915-2005], Howard persoanl advisor & confidante from 1957 to the 1970s

patent law firm Lyon & Lyon [1901-2003] of California & DC

Robert Maheu [1917-2008], head of Hughes Nevada Operations

purported heir Melvin Dummar

first wife Ella Rice Hughes Winston [1905-92] - married 1925, divorced 1929

alleged second wife [circa 1949] Terry Moore {Davis McGrath Cramer Carey Rivers} [b. 1929]

second wife actress Jean Peters Cramer Hughes Hough [1926-2000] - married 1957, divorced 1971

Other  Women  in  Howard's  Life

live-in lover {circa 1929} actress Billie Dove [1903-97]

actress Ava Gardner [1922-90]
{Howard slapped her during a jealous rage; she hit him over the head with a figurine and knocked him out cold}

actress Kathryn Grayson [1922-2010] {Howard slapped her when she refused to marry him}

actress Jean Harlow [1911-37] {circa 1929}

actress Susan Hayward [1917-75] {circa 1956}

live-in lover {circa 1929} actress Katharine Hepburn [1907-2003]

ambitious actress Carole Lombard [1908-42] {circa 1929}

actress Yvonne Shubert [b. 1939] {circa 1956}

actress Elizabeth Taylor [1932-2011] {Howard asked her to marry him}

actress Shelly Winters [1920-2006]

Movies  About  Howard Hughes
character 'Howard Hughes' credits at Internet Movie Database

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"The  Carpetbaggers" [Embassy/Paramount April 1964]
The Carpetbaggers movie  Though author Robbins denied the connection, the central character of the book & movie is obviously modeled on Howard Hughes. Directed by Edward Dmytryk; script by John Michael Hayes, based on the bestselling novel; starring George Peppard, Alan Ladd, Robert Cummings, Martha Hyer, Elizabeth Ashley, Lew Ayres, Martin Balsam, Ralph Taeger, Archie Moore, Leif Erickson, Carroll Baker, Arthur Franz & Tom Tully
Paramount widescreen color DVD [4/2003] out of prodn/used
Paramount color VHS [6/94] out of prodn/many used
full credits from IMDb
Harold Robbins's The Carpetbaggers book  "The Carpetbaggers" [1961 novel] by Harold Robbins
The hard-driven heir to an industrial fortune builds airplanes, directs movies, and breaks the hearts of friends & lovers. A real potboiler, full of gratuitous sex scenes that were toned down in the movie.
Forge/Doherty mass pb [5/2007] for $7.99
Pocket mass pb [6/93] out of print/used
Buccaneer Books 9x6 hardcover [6/93] for $31.50

"The Amazing Howard Hughes" [EMI/CBS miniseries April 1977]
Amazing Howard Hughes video  A portrayal of billionaire Hughes as sometimes kind, sometimes ruthless, and never quite trusting of anyone. Directed by William A. Graham; based on the book by Noah Dietrich & Bob Thomas; starring Tommy Lee Jones as Howard, Ed Flanders as Noah, James Hampton, Tovah Feldshuh {as Kate Hepburn}, Marla Carlis {as Jane Russell}, Walter O. Miles, Garry Walberg, Susan Buckner (as Jean Harlow}, Carol Bagdasarian {as Jean Peters} & James Bacon
Anchor Bay 2-hour color DVD [12/2002] out of prodn/used
Republic 2-hour color VHS [7/94] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"Melvin and Howard" [Universal Sept 1980]
Melvin & Howard movie directed by Jonathan Demme  After an auto accident in the desert, small-town loser Melvin Dummar helps an old man who says he is billionaire Howard Hughes. After Hughes' death, a will appears naming Melvin as beneficiary. Directed by Jonathan Demme; starring Paul LeMat, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Michael J. Pollard, Melvin E. Dummar & Pamela Reed; won Oscars for Best Script & Best Actress [MS], nominated for Best Actor [JR]
Anchor Bay widescreen DVD [10/99] for $22.48
Anchor Bay color VHS [9/99] for $9.99
full credits from IMDb

"The Rocketeer" [Disney June 1991]
The Rocketeer movie  Thugs steal a rocket backpack device from Howard Hughes, and conceal it before being arrested. Howard burns the blueprints, but a struggling biplane pilot finds the device and re-invents himself as superhero Rocketeer. Directed by Joe Johnston; based on the graphic novel by Dave Stevens; starring Bill Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton, Paul Sorvino, Terry O'Quinn {as Howard Hughes}, Ed Lauter, James Handy & Tiny Ron
Walt Disney Video widescreen color DVD [8/99] for $12.49
Walt Disney Video color VHS [12/96] out of prodn/many used
Hollywood Records soundtrack CD [3/96] 10 tracks for $15.68
full credits from IMDb

In Search of Mysterious Howard Hughes  "In Search of History: The Mysterious Howard Hughes"
[A&E/History TV special 1999]

Co-produced by Pat Broeske; directed by Cynthia Crompton
A&E Home Video color VHS [2/2000] out of prodn/rare
credits from IMDb
Howard Hughes / Man & Madness  "Howard Hughes: The Man & The Madness - The True Story of The Aviator"
[indep TV movie 1999] Co-written & directed by Nick Millard

Extras on the DVD include newsreel footage of Howard's many accomplishments
M.P.I. Home Video color DVD [4/2005] for $11.35
M.P.I. Home Video color VHS [5/2001] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb
watch full movie [11/2015 upload; 1:24:55] online at YouTube
Howard Hughes, His Women & His Movies tv movie 2000  "Howard Hughes: His Women & His Movies" [Turner/WinStar June 2000]
TV special directed by Christian Sebaldt

Fox Lorber 1-hour color DVD [11/2000] for $8.40
Fox Lorber 1-hour color VHS [11/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

unproduced Castle Rock 'Mr. Hughes' bio-pic [2002]
Castle Rock Entertainment purchased the movie rights to Richard Hack's book "Hughes: The Private Diaries, Memos & Letters" {see below}, with Jim Carrey set to star under the direction of Christopher Nolan ('Memento'). The announcement of the Scorsese/DiCaprio project at around the same time led to this project being abandoned.
dueling Howard Hughes bio-pics announced [2002]

LIFE: Great Romances box set on 4 DVDs  "LIFE: Great Romances, Volume 3" [2003]
looks at couples Cary Grant & Barbara Hutton, Howard Hughes & Ava Gardner, Ernest Hemingway & Martha Gellhorn, aviator Amelia Earhart & George Putnam, and Eva & Juan Peron
Madacy Records b&w/color DVD [1/2003] for $9.88
complete set on 4 disks
Madacy Records b&w/color DVD set [1/2003] 4 disks for $35.99
Passions of Howard Hughes  "The Passions of Howard Hughes" [2004]
Co-produced, written & directed by Mark McLaughlin; co-produced by & featuring Terry Moore; also featuring Jane Russell & Mamie Van Doren; possibly based on Moore's 1996 tell-all book {below}
Koch Vision color DVD [10/2004] for $13.48
full credits at IMDb
Howard Hughes Life, Loves & Films video  "Howard Hughes: His Life, Loves & Films" indep video release [2004]
Directed by Lynn Stevenson

Delta Music color DVD [12/2004] for $9.99
minimal credits at IMDb
Howard Hughes / Real Aviator docufilm  "Howard Hughes: The Real Aviator - Money, Power, Genius, Madness" [2004]
Written & produced by Bill Schwartz
Sony/Shout! Factory color DVD [11/2004] for $9.74
full credits from IMDb
P.B.S. American Aviator  
"The American Aviator: The Howard Hughes Story" [P.B.S. 2004]
E.D.I. Video color DVD [8/2005] for $5.98 includes "The Outlaw" [1948]

"The Aviator" feature film [Miramax 17 Dec 2004]
The Aviator movie  Produced & directed by Martin Scorsese; written by John Logan {'inspired by' the book "Howard Hughes: The Untold Story" by Peter Harry Brown & Pat H. Broeske, as well as "Howard Hughes: The Secret Life" by Charles Higham}; starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the young Howard Hughes; cast includes Kate Beckinsale as Ava Gardner, Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn, Gwen Stefani as Jean Harlow, and John C. Reilly as Noah Dietrich; with Ian Holm, Alan Alda, Alec Baldwin & Willem Dafoe; nominated for Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Script, Best Actor [LD], Best Supporting Actor [Alda], Best Sound; won Oscars for Best Supporting Actress [CB], Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costumes; also won ACE/Eddy, 4 BAFTA Awards, SAG's Best Supporting Actress [CB], and others; nominated for DGA & WGA awards
Warner widescreen color Blu-ray [11/2007] for $9.99
Warner widescreen color DVD [5/2005] 2 disks for $6.99
Warner full-screen color DVD [5/2005] 2 disks for $11.99
Warner color VHS [5/2005] out of prodn/used
Sony soundtrack CD [12/2004] for $14.99
full credits from IMDbwatch official trailer [2/2013 upload; 3:03] online at YouTube
studio's official websiteFK's unofficial fansite movie page
screenplay by John Logan: Miramax 9x6 pb [12/2004] for $10.95

"Le Mystère Howard Hughes" TV documentary [France Feb 2005])
Written & directed by Clara & Robert Kuperberg; featuring Pat Broeske, Richard Hack & Robert Maheu
credits at IMDbFrench-language program page at France 5 TV

"The  Hoax"  [Miramax April 2007]
Clifford Irving's Hughes Hoax movie  After writing about famous hoaxes, and suddenly in dire financial straits, author Clifford Irving constructed a hoax of his own... (This movie contains much that is obviously fiction.) Directed by Lasse Hallström; starring Richard Gere, Alfred Molina, Hope Davis, Marcia Gay Harden, Stanley Tucci, Julie Delpy, Eli Wallach (as Noah Dietrich), John Carter, Michael J. Burg (as Truman Capote) & Milton Buras (as Howard Hughes)
Miramax widescreen color DVD [10/2007] for $19.99
full credits from IMDb
official movie site {requires Flash}

Clifford Irving book 'The Hoax'  based on the 1981 book by Clifford Irving
Hyperion 7¾x5 movie tie-in pb [3/2007] for $11.16
Permanent Press 8¾x6 hardcover [6/81] out of print/used

"Hoax: The Inside Story of The Howard Hughes - Clifford Irving Affair" [1972]
by Stephen Fay, Lewis Chester & Magnus Linklater

Viking hardcover [5/72] out of print/many used
Quartet mass pb [1/73] out of print/used

untitled Warren Beatty project [Paramount]  
Announced 6/2011: Warren Beatty will produce and star as the elderly Howard Hughes in a fictional tale of a mid-life relationship (circa 1958) with a
much younger woman; actors being considered include Andrew Garfield, Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening (Mrs. Beatty), Shia LaBeouf, Jack Nicholson,
Evan Rachel Wood & Rooney Mara; ADDED 6/2014: Filming is completed; Beatty of course portrayed Howard; release is scheduled for 2016.
latest info at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

Books  About  Howard Hughes
browse Biographies / Howard Hughes category at Amazon

The Amazing Howard Hughes book by Noah Dietrich & Bob Thomas  "Howard: The Amazing Mr. Hughes" [1971]
by Noah Dietrich & Bob Thomas

Fawcett mass pb [8/76] out of print/used
official Noah Dietrich website
Noah Dietrich [1889-1982] entry at Wikipedia
Empire / Legend of Howard Hughes by Donald Barlett & James Steele  "Empire: The Life, Legend & Madness of Howard Hughes" [1979]
by Donald L. Barlett & James B. Steele

W.W. Norton 9¼x6 pb [1/81] out of print/used
W.W. Norton hardcover [4/98] out of print/used
Howard Hughes Affair mystery novel by Stuart M. Kaminsky  "The Howard Hughes Affair" mystery novel [1979] by Stuart M. Kaminsky
In 1941, young billionaire aviator Howard Hughes is doing secret work for the war effort; when he discovers a spy at an exclusive dinner party, he hires gumshoe Toby Peters who gets deeper and deeper, until he is rescued by Basil Rathbone.
Ace pb [11/80] out of print/used
Blackstone UNABR audio [2/99] for $26.94
Blackstone audio [3/95] 4 tapes for $32.95
Beauty & The Billionaire book by Terry Moore  "The Beauty and The Billionaire" [1984] by Terry Moore
Pocket mass pb [1984] out of print/many used
Next to Hughes book by Robert Maheu & Richard Hack  "Next To Hughes: The Last Years of Howard Hughes's Strange & Tragic Life Chronicled By His Closest Advisor" [1993] by Robert Maheu & Richard Hack
includes 8 pages of photos
New Millennium Press mass pb [9/2004] out of print/used
HarperCollins mass pb [6/93] out of print/used
Howard Hughes / Secret Life by Charles Higham  "Howard Hughes: The Secret Life" [1993] by Charles Higham
St. Martin's Griffin 9¼x6¼ pb [10/2004] for $11.44
Berkley mass pb [6/94] out of print/used
Putnam 9¼x6¼ hardcover [7/93] out of print/used
"El Aviador" [2005] by Charles Higham
Ediciones B Spanish-language pb [2/2005] for $16.79
Passions of Howard Hughes book by Terry Moore & Jerry Rivers  "The Passions of Howard Hughes" [1996] by Terry Moore & Jerry Rivers
Amazon reviewers describe a trashy & tasteless exposé narrated by 'ex-wife' Moore
General Publng Group 8½x5½ hardcover [4/96] out of print/90+ used
B & B Audio cassette [7/96] for $13.22
Howard Hughes Untold Story by Peter Harry Brown & Pat Broeske  "Howard Hughes: The Untold Story" [1996]
by Peter Harry Brown & Pat H. Broeske

Da Capo Press 9¼x5¾ pb [11/2004] for $11.67
Viking 9¼x6¼ hardcover [3/96] out of print/used
Battle for Hughes's Billions by James R. Phelan & Lewis Chester  "The Money: The Battle For Howard Hughes's Billions" [1997]
by James R. Phelan & Lewis Chester

'His mysterious death began the last and most bizarre story of his life'
Texere Publng 8¼x6 pb [7/99] out of print/used
Random House 9¾x6½ hardcover [9/97] out of print/used
Hughes Diaries  "Hughes: The Private Diaries, Memos & Letters" [2001]
by Richard Hack

New Millenium Press 8¾x6 pb [9/2002] for $13.27
New Millenium 9¼x6¼ hardcover [9/2001] for $19.60
New Millenium ABR audio CD [9/2001] out of prodn/used

Howard Hughes Life & Madness  "Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness" [2004]
by Donald L. Barlett & James B. Steele

revised? re-published? edition of the 1979 book by the same authors (above}
W.W. Norton 9¼x6¼ pb [9/2004] for $12.21
Howard Hughes Aviator by GJM  "Howard Hughes: Aviator" [2004]
by George J. Marrett

Naval Institute Press 9x6½ hardcover [10/2004] for $17.61
Labor, Civil Rights & The Hughes Tool Company  "Labor, Civil Rights and The Hughes Tool Company" [2005]
by Michael R. Botson, Jr.

The National Labor Relations Board unanimously ended Jim Crow unionism & segregated labor unions at the giant Hughes Tool factory in Houston, Texas in July, 1964 - a victory for both the labor movement and the civil rights movement.
Texas A&M Univ Press 9¼x6 hardcover [9/2005] for $18.06
Investigation / Howard Hughes / Contested Will book by F.B.I. Agent Gary Magnesen  "The Investigation: A Former F.B.I. Agent Uncovers The Truth Behind Howard Hughes, Melvin Dummar & The Most Contested Will In American History" [2005]
by Gary Magnesen

Author concludes that the trial over the 'Mormon Will' was a miscarriage of justice, akin to the trials of O.J. Simpson and of Robert Blake
Barricade Books 9x6¼ hardcover [11/2005] for $18.68

Movies  by  Howard Hughes
Howard Hughes credits [1926-57] at Internet Movie Database
Howard Hughes / California Pictures / R.K.O. page at S.I.M.P.P. [est. 1941]

Howard Hughes 3-film package  "Howard Hughes" triple-feature package [2004]
St. Clair Vision DVD [11/2004] 2 disks for $12.10
One hour of undefined material, plus 'bonus' of Hughes productions "The Front
Page" [1931]; "The Outlaw" [1943] produced & co-directed by Howard Hughes,
co‑directed by Howard Hawks, starring Jane Russell; and "The Sin of Harold
Diddlebock" [1947] directed by Preston Sturges, starring Harold Lloyd

"Hell's  Angels" [United Artists Nov 1930]
Produced & directed by Howard Hughes; starring Ben Lyon, James Hall, Jean Harlow
& John Darrow; Oscar nominated for Best Cinematography • full credits from IMDb

white poster for Hughes & Harlow, Angels in Hell 1978 movie  two-shot 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 [1911-37]. Co-produced, co-written & directed by Larry Buchanan; starring Victor Holchak as Howard, Lindsay Bloom as Jean, 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 far left} 27"x40" for $16.48 from Amazon
two-shot poster {as at near left} 11"x17" for $12.38 from Amazon
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch official trailer [1/2009 upload; 1:21] online at YouTube

"The Front Page" [1931]
full credits from IMDb

"Scarface:  The  Shame  of  A  Nation"
[United Artists March 1932]
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 Nat'l Film Registry 1994
Universal b&w VHS [4/90] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"The Outlaw" [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
Jane Russell art print {3 sizes} available at AllPosters.com

"The Sin of Harold Diddlebock"
aka "Mad Wednesday" [California Pictures/United Artists Feb 1947]
Sin of Harold Diddlebock movie  A mild-mannered clerk who dreams of past glory on the college football field is fired; after imbibing a potent drink. he goes on a wild rampage, with a lion in tow. Co-produced by Howard Hughes & Preston Sturges; written & directed by Preston Sturges; starring Harold Lloyd, Jimmy Conlin, Raymond Walburn, Rudy Vallee, Edgar Kennedy, Arline Judge, Franklin Pangborn, Lionel Stander, Margaret Hamilton, Jack Norton, Robert Dudley, Arthur Hoyt, Julius Tannen, Al Bridge, Victor Potel, Frances Ramsden & Jackie the Lion {NOTE: Originally released at 90 minutes, then re-edited in 1950 & re-released as the 79-minute "Mad Wednesday".}
"TSoHD" version: Alpha Video b&w DVD [1/2004] for $7.98
"TSoHD" version: V.C.I. Home Video b&w VHS [11/2000] out of prodn/used
"MW" version: Hollywood Movie Classics b&w VHS [1/85] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

Howard's  Other  Movies  At  R.K.O.  Pictures  [1948-55]

R.K.O. Pictures entry at Wikipedia

R.K.O. Pictures studio biography  "R.K.O.: The Biggest Little Major of Them All" [1984]
by Betty Lasky

Roundtable 8¾x6 pb [11/89] out of print/used
Prentice Hall hardcover [9/84] out of print/used

"Vendetta" [California Pictures Dec 1950]
Vendetta movie starring Faith Domergue  A Sicilian girl pushes her brother to kill the man who murdered their father. Filming was much troubled; Howard asked Preston Sturges to fire Max Ophüls and take over, then fired Sturges; principal filming was in 1946, with re-filming in 1946-47, then re-editing and eventual release in late 1950. The film was a major critical & box-office disaster. Mis-produced by Howard Hughes; directed by Max Ophüls {fired}, Preston Sturges {fired}, Stuart Heisler & Mel Ferrer; adapted by W.R. Burnett, Peter O'Crotty & Preston Sturges, based on the 1840 novel "Columba" by Prosper Mérimée; starring Faith Domergue {Howard's then-protégée}, George Dolenz, Donald Buka, Joseph Calleia, Robert Warwick, Hugo Haas, Hillary Brooke & Nigel Bruce
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

"His  Kind  of  Woman" [R.K.O. Aug 1951]
His Kind Of Woman poster  A deported crime boss blackmails an honest gambler to travel to Mexico in a plot to re-enter the U.S. after the gambler is killed. Enroute to a Baja resort, the gambler meets a sultry singer, and on arrival finds a crowd of bored sophisticates and a hammy actor for a sidekick. 'Presented by' Howard Hughes; directed by John Farrow; starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Vincent Price, Raymond Burr, Tim Holt, Charles McGraw, Marjorie Reynolds & Jim Backus
Warner b&w DVD [2006] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"Angel Face" [R.K.O. Dec 1952]
Angel Face one-sheet poster  The step-daughter of a wealthy woman poisoned by gas hires a sappy ambulance driver as chauffeur. Suspecting the woman to be dangerous, he pulls away, but she schemes to keep him tied to her. When her parents' car plummets off a cliff, the schemer and the innocent are both charged with murder. 'Presented by' Howard Hughes; directed by Otto Preminger; music by Dimitri Tiomkin; starring Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman, Herbert Marshall, Leon Ames, Barbara O'Neil & Jim Backus
Turner Home Ent. b&w DVD [1/2007] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

The  Aircraft  of  Howard Hughes

The H-1B Racing Plane [1935-37]
H-1 aircraft entry at Wikipedia
original at Smithsonian Aviation & Space Museum
Jim Wright's Reconstruction Project
Santa Ana CA Historical Society H-1 Racer article

The D-2 / XP-73 Fighter Plane [1943-44]
XP-73 aircraft entry at Wikipedia

The XF-11 Fighter Plane [1946-47]
XF-11 aircraft entry at Wikipedia
Edwards AFB history of the XF-11
drawings of the XF-11

The H-4 / HK-1 'Hercules' Flying Boat [1947]
aka the 'Spruce Goose'
Evergreen Aviation Museum in Oregon
H-4 aircraft entry at Wikipedia
All Aviation Flightline Online article
audio track {for sale} and samples of Howard flying the Spruce Goose in 1947

Flying Boat  
"Howard Hughes & His Flying Boat" [1981; rev 1998]
by Charles Barton

self-published pb [2/98] for $19.95
Aero Publishers hardcover [6/81] out of print/used
Dream To Fly: Hughes & The Flying Boat  "Dream To Fly: Howard Hughes and The Flying Boat" [2004]
Presented by Evergreen Aviation Museum, narrated by Walter Cronkite
EDI Video color DVD [8/2005] for $12.99
not listed at IMDb
History Channel Howard Hughes & the Spruce Goose on DVD  "Man, Moment, Machine: Howard Hughes and The Spruce
Goose" [History Channel Oct 2005]

50-minute partly-dramatized account of the 1942-47 building of the world's
{still} largest airplane, and Howard Hughes's one-time flight in Long Beach
Hosted by Hunter Ellis
A&E Home Video color DVD [7/2007] for $22.49
full credits at IMDb

Howard Hughes in the cockpit of the Spruce Goose prior to mtakeoff in 1947 only-ever flight            the only-ever flight of the Spruce Goose, in Long Beach Harbor in 1947

The XH-17 Helicopter [1948-55]
XH-17 aircraft entry at Wikipedia
XH-17 photo (on the pad at the Hughes Aircraft plant in Culver City, CA)

L i n k s
Howard Hughes biography books at Amazon
Howard Hughes search at Amazon.com
Howard Hughes entry at Wikipedia
Howard Hughes credits [1926-57] at Internet Movie Database
character 'Howard Hughes' credits at Internet Movie Database

Las Vegas History bio page
DB's Howard Hughes fansite
Famous Texans profile page
P.B.S. "Innovators: Howard Hughes" page
Historical Society of Southern California biography
Hughes page at the National Aviation Hall of Fame
JR's Howard Hughes fansite
Howard Hughes in Las Vegas article on the Las Vegas Review-Journal website
bio article at U.K. Channel 4 website

famous recluse Howard Hughes owned houses at:
211 So. Muirfield Road [8,400 sqft, built 1926, resident 1928-42] white stucco hacienda in Hancock Park area of Los Angeles, California
335 Camino Norte [8,075 sqft, built 1940] in Old Las Palmas area of Palm Springs, California
Spring Mountain Ranch [built 1940s] in Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas, Nevada, now a State Park
Summertide 5.5-acre log cabin lake house [2,518 sqft, purch 1950s, sold 1995] in Crystal Bay, Nevada
535 Haynes Avenue [4,300 sqft, built 1960] in Trousdale Estates area of Beverly Hills, California
penthouse at the Desert Inn Hotel [resident Nov 1966 to Nov 1970] in Las Vegas, Nevada

Time Magazine cover story 19 July 1948        Time Magazine cover story 24 January 1972        Time Magazine cover story 19 April 1976        Time Magazine cover story 13 December 1976

The Howard Hughes Corporation
Howard Hughes Medical Institute [est. 1953]
Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering at U.N.L.V.
Hughes Corp. history on the Summerlin website

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