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Montgomery Clift as Matthew Garth in a publicity still for Red River (1948)

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Hank Worden as Simms Reeves in a publicity still for Red River (1948)

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Joanne Dru defends herself  and her group in a publicity still for Red River (1948), ranked number one on Goldderby’s list of Howard Hawks’ 20 Greatest Films.

None of Howard Hawks’ eight silent films are on the list.  They cannot be evaluated properly as they exist only in poor bootleg qualities, if they exist at all.  Of his silent films, A Girl in Every Port, is his best and most widely seen.  It would have to be considered if the list were expanded to 25 titles.

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Red River is ranked number 1 on Golddberby’s list of Howard Hawks’ 20 Greatest Films.

Howard Hawks movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Montgomery Clift in a publicity still for Red River (1948), ranked number 1 on Golddberby’s list of Howard Hawks’ 20 Greatest Films,

All four of Hawks’ westerns, and five of six of his comedies make the top 20.  The only comedy which does not rank is Man’s Favorite Sport, which could place in his top 25.

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Red River (1948) is ranked number 1 on Golddberby’s list of Howard Hawks’ 20 Greatest Films.

I think this is a good choice, but I’m inclined to make Scarface number 1.

What do you think is Howard Hawks’ greatest masterpiece?  There are many to choose from.  Send me a quick reply with your choice and I’ll report the results.

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John Wayne as Thomas Dunson in Red River (1948), ranked number one on Golddberby’s list of Howard Hawks’ 20 Greatest Films,

All five of Howard Hawks’ movies with John Wayne are ranked in the top 20 – that’s 25% of the list.

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Montgomery Clift and Harry Carey in a publicity still for Red River (1948), ranked number on Golddberby’s list of Howard Hawks’ 20 Greatest Films,

I have minor quibbles with the exact placements of many of their top 20, but Rio Lobo is the only entry that I don’t think belongs on the list  Instead I would add Barbary Coast, Ceiling Zero or The Big Sky at number 20.

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John Ireland and Montgomery Clift in Red River (1948), ranked number one of Golddberby’s list of Howard Hawks’ 20 Greatest Films.

The article ranks them from best to worst, even though they are his 20 best.  To truly rank his worst, one would have to consider Today We Live, A Song is Born, Land of the Pharaohs, and Red Line 7000.  Even his worst have terrific highlights.

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John Wayne and Walter Brennan in Red River (1948), ranked number 1 on Golddberby’s list of Howard Hawks’ 20 Greatest Films,

Both actors appear in five of Hawks’ 20 Greatest.

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foreign flyer for Red River (1948), ranked number one on Goldderby’s list of Howard Hawks’ 20 Greatest Films,

All 4 of Howard Hawks westerns are among the top 20, and all star John Wayne.

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trailer for Red River (1948)

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Chief Yowlatchie, Walter Brennan and Montgomery Clift in an original publicity still for Red River (1948)(

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Russell Harlan was the photographer for Red River (1948).  He had been a master of outdoor cinematography since many b westerns in the 1930s.  He also photographed Hawks’ Hatari in 1962, filmed in Tanzania, Africa.

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John Wayne and Montgomery Clift in an original publicity still for Red River (1948)