Come and Get It

Come and Get It, Howard Hawks’ second film for producer Samuel Goldwyn, premiered Nov 6, 1936 in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, although the still exciting logging scenes were set in Wisconsin, and filmed in Idaho.  It was Hawks’ 21st film.

Howard Hawks

screencap from the original trailer for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Howard Hawks’ career in film did not begin with his seven silent films at Twentieth Century Fox, 1926-28.  Hawks worked on 34 or more features from 1917, at the age of 20, to 1926.  His first involvement with Hollywood came when he designed a modern set for a Douglas Fairbanks production.  Then he was a prop man on a couple of Mary Pickford pictures.  In 1920 he became part of an independent production company, Associated Producers, Inc. that produced 14 features from 1920 to 1923.  As a rich kid, he provided financial assistance for the company, with no apparent artistic contribution.   From 1923 to 1926 Hawks free lanced as producer/editor on a few films at the big Hollywood studios, as well as earning original story credits for a couple of features.  While he never directed a film in his first 10 years in Hollywood, and none of his early credits are remembered today, he learned enough to keep him on top of his game for the next 40 years.

Barbary Coast

Miriam Hopkins and Edward G Robinson in a screencap from Barbary Coast (1935), one of Howard Hawks’ better films of the 30s, thanks to a first rate Ben Hecht script, top notch acting, and rich production values….And it’s not even in Hawks’ Top 10 best films.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Howard Hawks and Marilyn Monroe on the set of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).  Howard said Marilyn wasn’t as difficult as she later became after the film made her an enduring superstar.  Howard’s quote was perhaps directed at Billy Wilder, who worked with Marilyn twice after she became a superstar.

The Big Sleep

Leigh Brackett and Howard Hawks get away with some outrageous sexual innuendo in this scene from The Big Sleep (1946).  Leigh would collaborate with Hawks on most everything else in Hawks’ career, through El Dorado (1967).   Hawks was unaware Leigh was a woman, until their first meeting.

Sergeant York

Howard Hawks in the director’s chair on the set of Sergeant York (1941), filming Gary Cooper.  The film went in to wide release Sep 27, 1941, just a few weeks before Pearl Harbor.  The film is often credited with helping to turn the tide for the popular war effort, as many Americans had still been isolationist regarding Hitler and events in Europe.  Sergeant York became the number one box office hit of the year.