The Thing

Kenneth Tobey as Capt Patrick Hendry in The Thing (1951)

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James Arness as The Thing (1950)

spoiler alert – the electrifying conclusion of The Thing (1951)

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James Arness in the non-speaking title role of The Thing (1951).  James is best known as Matt Dillon on 635 episodes of the long running tv western Gunsmoke (1955-75).

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Margaret Sheridan as Nikki in The Thing (1951).  Margaret was originally cast by Howard Hawks as Tess Millay in Red River (1948) but she became pregnant and had to withdraw.  When Hawks finally worked with her, he felt that a spark in her was missing.

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publicity still of the work team in The Thing (1951).  Christian Nyby got director credit from producer Howard Hawks.  There is nothing else outstanding in Christian’s career.

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Dewey Martin as crew chief Bob in The Thing (1951), the first of three films he made with Howard Hawks.

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a typical Hawksian work group in The Thing (1951)

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The Thing is Howard Hawks’ 35th film.  Although he only took credit as producer, it is unmistakably a Hawks film.

The Thing premiered Apr 6, 1951.

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publicity still for The Thing (1951), remade in 1982 and 2011.

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behind the scenes of The Thing (1951) with James Arness and his mini me.

The Big Sky


The Big Sky is Howard Hawks’ 36th film.

The Big Sky premiered Jul 29, 1952 in Chicago.

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Elizabeth Threatt as Teal Eye in The Big Sky (1952), her only film appearance,  She did some modeling before and after.

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Kirk Douglas and Dewey Martin in The Big Sky (1952).  Howard Hawks wanted Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift for the leads.

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Blackfoot Indians in The Big Sky (1952)

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Kirk Douglas on the set of The Big Sky. Kirk is ranked number 17 on American Film Institute’s list of greatest American male screen legends. He will turn 96 in December and can still tell us what it was like working with Howard Hawks.

 

Little Michael Douglas rides on his father Kirk’s shoulders on location filming The Big Sky (1952).  Michael has 59 acting credits so far, dating back to an uncredited bit in 1966, through two films in pre-production for 2017 and 2018.