The Road to Glory

Howard Hawks in the director’s chair on the set of The Road to Glory (1936) with Warner Baxter, June Lang and an unnamed woman.

Dee Hartford

Publicity still for Dee Hartford in A Girl in Every Port (1952).  Dee was Howard Hawks’ third wife.  They were married 1953 to 1960.  By coincidence, Howard Hawks has an unrelated film called A Girl in Every Port (1928).  It was a silent film with Victor McLaglen and Louise Brooks.  Dee’s A Girl in Every Port is a weak Groucho Marx comedy made without his brothers.

Howard Hawks

Howard Hawks on a motorcycle.  Hawks had many interests outside of film making.

Ball of Fire

Howard Hawks directing Barbara Stanwyck on the set of Ball of Fire (1942).

Ball of Fire

Producer Samuel Goldwyn visits Howard Hawks and Barbara Stanwyck on the set of Ball of Fire (1942).  One can tell that Howard does not enjoy having producers on his set while he’s at work.  Most of Howard’s films were produced by Hawks himself.

Nancy Gross

Howard Hawks’ second wife, Nancy Gross, nicknamed Slim.   They were married in 1941 and divorced in 1949.  She was played by Hope Davis in Infamous (2006) with Toby Jones as Truman Capote.

Howard Hawks

Howard Hawks at a screening of Hearts in Exile (1929), directed by Michael Curtiz at Warner Brothers, where Hawks would make many of his most popular films.  None of the other men are recognizable.  It is likely one of the men is Curtiz.  In 1929, Hawks had yet to make a sound film, but still he was front and center by himself.

The Road to Glory

Howard Hawks in the director’s chair on the set of The Road to Glory (1936) with Warner Baxter, June Lang, and an unknown woman.

Ball of Fire

Howard Hawks on the set of Ball of Fire (1942) with Richard Haydn, Aubrey Mather, Tully Marshall and Leonid Kinsky

Nancy Gross

Nancy Gross, many years after her divorce from Howard Hawks, at a gala event.  After her divorce, it was she, and not Howard, who kept up friendships with Ernest Hemingway, Bogart and Bacall. She was a socialite and would be an interesting biographical subject. It was Nancy, nicknamed Slim, who first brought Lauren Bacall’s magazine cover to the attention of her husband Howard, who spoke with Lauren, still known as Betty Jane Persky, and he soon brought her to Hollywood for a screen test.

Ball of Fire

Howard Hawks on the set of Ball of Fire (1942) with Barbara Stanwyck

I Was a Male War Bride

foreign flyer for I Was a Male War Bride (1949) with an image of Howard Hawks.

His Girl Friday

screen title credit for His Girl Friday (1940)

To Have and Have Not

screen credit for To Have and Have Not (1944).  Howard was also the film’s producer.

Come and Get It

Howard Hawks directing Walter Brennan and Edward Arnold in Come and Get It (1936).  This is Walter’s second of six films with Hawks.