Ball of Fire

Howard Hawks supervises Gary Cooper’s dance lesson for Ball of Fire (1942) although he wasn’t required to dance in the film.

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Sergeant York

Howard Hawks in the director’s chair on a massive Warner Brothers soundstage for Sergeant York (1941) with Gary Cooper.

Ball of Fire

Howard Hawks directing Ball of Fire (1942) with Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck and Allen Jenkins.

Ball of Fire

Howard Hawks once again supervises Gary Cooper with a shotgun, this time for Ball of Fire (1942).

Ball of Fire

Barbara Stanwyck on the set of Ball Of Fire with Howard Hawks

Howard Hawks is in discussion on the set of Ball of Fire (1942) as Barbara Stanwyck waits patiently between takes.

Ball of Fire

Howard Hawks in a lighter moment with Barbara Stanwyck while filming the nightclub scene in Ball of Fire (1942).

Ball of Fire

Howard Hawks on his knees filming Ball of Fire (1941) with Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck and Allen Jenkins

One can only guess what Howard Hawks is doing on his knees in a loud print shirt on the set of Ball of Fire (1942) with Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper and Allen Jenkins.

Sergeant York

Howard Hawks demonstrates proper technique to Gary Cooper while filming Sergeant York (1941), Gary’s first Oscar winner, and Hawks’ only Oscar nomination.  It was the number one box office hit of the year and a catalyst for the USA’s involvement in World War II, at a time when popular opinion was still largely in favor of isolationism.

Ball of Fire

Howard Hawks poses for a publicity still for Ball of Fire (1942) with Tully Marshall, Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck.  It was his third of four films for independent producer Samuel Goldwyn.

Ball of Fire

Howard Hawks on the set of Ball Of Fire with Gary Cooper

Howard Hawks and Gary Cooper on the set of Ball of Fire (1942).  After making three films in a row with Cary Grant, Howard Hawks then made two in a row with Gary Cooper.

His Girl Friday

Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant try to wake Howard Hawks who appears to be napping on the set of His Girl Friday (1940).

His Girl Friday

Howard Hawks on wheels directing Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday (1940)

Howard Hawks directing the opening scene of His Girl Friday (1940) with Rosalind Russell and a camera on wheels.

Sergeant York

Bette Davis, also working at Warner Brothers studios at the time, visits Howard Hawks and Gary Cooper on the set of Sergeant York (1941).

His Girl Friday

 

Howard Hawks with the stars of his His Girl Friday (1940), Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.

His Girl Friday

Howard Hawks in the director’s chair on the set of His Girl Friday (1940) with Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell and Ralph Bellamy.

Howard Hawks is in the director’s chair for a scene with Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy and Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday (1940).