A Song is Born

Howard Hawks’ signed contract for A Song is Born (1948), his fourth and final film for producer Samuel Goldwyn, after Barbary Coast, Come and Get It, and Ball of Fire.


Monkey Business

Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe and Charles Coburn filming a scene for Monkey Business (1952).  That could be the top of Howard Hawks’ head in the foreground.

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Howard Hawks shares a meal with Cary Grant, James Stewart and an unidentified female.  Perhaps it’s Ruth Hussey, Cary and James’ co-star in The Philadelphia Story.

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Howard Hawks stands next to Otto Preminger as Carroll Baker is the center of attention in front of Paramount Studios promoting Harlow (1965).

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Howard Hawks in Germany during the making of I Was a Male War Bride (1949).

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Howard Hawks directing Joanne Dru on the set of Red River (1948).  That appears to be Margaret Sheridan next to Joanne, Hawks’ first choice for Tess Millay.

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Howard Hawks on a motorcycle, one of his many hobbies outside of work in film.

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“Everybody has seen every plot twenty times.  What they haven’t seen is characters and their relationship to one another.  I don’t worry much about plot anymore.  Just worry about making good scenes and hook it together with something that holds your interest.”

–   Howard Hawks on the secret of his enduring success


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Howard Hawks with Joanne Dru and Margaret Sheridan.  Margaret was the first choice for Tess Millay in Red River (1948) but she had to withdraw because she was pregnant, and giving Joanne her big break.  Margaret eventually starred in Howard Hawks’ The Thing (1950), but Hawks thought she lost some spark with her motherhood.

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Howard Hawks and Jane Wyman at a Hollywood premiere.

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Howard Hawks with one of his race horses.  Gambling was a life long pastime.

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John Wayne backstage with Howard Hawks and his honorary Oscar on Apr 8, 1975.  The presentation can be seen here as Shirley MacLaine introduces John Wayne who introduces Hawks….


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Howard Hawks directing Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) with Marilyn Monroe and George Winslow.

Ball of Fire

behind the scenes of Ball of Fire (1942) with Howard Hawks and Barbara Stanwyck in costume as Sugarpuss O’Shea.

Air Force

The back of this publicity still for Air Force (1943) reads

Gig Young consoles his appetite with crackers while Director Howard Hawks plays with the silverware in the Warner Bros. café.  Both have just arrived for lunch time from the “Air Force” in which Gig Young plays one of the principal roles and Howard Hawks directs.