Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Howard Hawks

I have a friend who whenever I mention a movie always knows the director. Or if he doesn't, it's the first question he asks having grown up on the auteur theory despite being the same age as me. I grew up on the movie star theory so I usually know who acted in the movie. But directors are pretty darn important and one of my favorites is Howard Hawks. There are a dozen movies of his that rank in my top hundred, but if I had to chose one it would be BALL OF FIRE.




Hate to mention actors again, but these are two of the best. 

What is your favorite Hawks movie?

21 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Patti - Oh, I am so terrible at matching directors and movies. I would have to think about that question...

pattinase (abbott) said...

Me, too. I think of actors and movies rather than directors. Thank God for IMDB to check it out.

Anonymous said...

Bringing Up Baby
Only Angels Have Wings
His Girl Friday
Rio Bravo


Jeff M.

James Reasoner said...

Have to be RIO BRAVO. Although BRINGING UP BABY and THE BIG SLEEP are right up there.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Very few if any directors have made more great and different genre movies.
RIO BRAVO would certainly be my favorite western.

Naomi Johnson said...

I couldn't choose between THE BIG SLEEP and HIS GIRL FRIDAY.

George said...

THE BIG SLEEP and RIO BRAVO. Classics!

Cullen Gallagher said...

Howard Hawks is amazing. I only recently caught up with I WAS A MALE WAR BRIDE with Cary Grant, and it is hilarious. I also really like MONKEY BUSINESS (also with Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers), HATARI, AIR FORCE, and TWENTIETH CENTURY, which is one of the best 1930s comedies and stars Carole Lombard and John Barrymore.

pattinase (abbott) said...

And don't forget Marilyn in MB. I loved MWB. I have never seen AIR FORCE.

Deb said...

No one has mentioned Man's Favorite Sport--a Rock Hudson-Paula Prentiss rom-com from the early 1960s. Despite Paula's fabulous Camelot-era wardrobe, not exactly Howard's finest hour.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Rock was no Cary. But Paula is always splendid.

Ron Scheer said...

Probably sacrilege for a western fan, but I'd watch HIS GIRL FRIDAY again before RIO BRAVO or RED RIVER. Love that movie.

Ron Scheer said...

I'm no disciple of the auteur theory, but for me movies are a product of collaboration. An actor's performance relies so heavily on the director and the writers, even the editor. I'm usually thinking of all of them as I watch a movie.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I agree completely, Ron. But when I remember movies it is usually the actors that come to mind with few exceptions. I guess I was raised on movie star love.

Ron Scheer said...

Put that way, Patti, I'm probably more of your persuasion. BTW, the clip from Ball of Fire is laugh-out-loud wonderful.

Anonymous said...

I know this is a minority opinion but when I finally saw I WAS A MALE WAR BRIDE I was extremely disappointed. I didn't find it funny at all.

Jeff M.

John said...

All those mentioned are classics. I'll add TWENTIETH CENTURY into the mix because it's a very personal favorite of mine. (pause) Well, Cullen beat me to that one as I read backwards in these comments.

Ron is right about the editors. They are the unsung heroes of cinema. Movie making is more of a editor's medium than it is a director's meidum. It can be shot, lit, designed and acted to perfection but without the right editing it can turn out a mess.I think young filmmakers are finlaly figuring this out and that's why we see more and more director/editors these days rather than director/writers.

Cap'n Bob said...

Everyone stole my answers: His Girl Friday, Rio Bravo, Red River, and The Big Sleep are in the top tier.

Yvette said...

The Thing From Another Planet - yeah, that was a Howard Hawks movie. Bringing Up Baby is the other one.

Yvette said...

Twentieth Century was Howard Hawks????? If so, ignore what I said on my previous comment. THIS is the movie for me. :)

Yvette said...

The Thing From Another World....Gak!!