Monkey Business

Monkey Business (1952) is ranked number 17 on Goldderby’s list of Howard Hawks’ 20 Greatest Films.

I think this ranking is too low.  It should be in his top 10.

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) is ranked number 18 on Golddberby’s list of Howard Hawks’ 20 Greatest Films.

I think this ranking is just about right, perhaps it could be a few places higher.

Hatari

Hatari is ranked number 13 on Golddberby’s list of Howard Hawks’ 20 Greatest Films.

This is definitely one of Hawks’ most entertaining films and should rank in the top 10.  It was also a blockbuster hit.

Howard Hawks 20 Best

Howard Hawks movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Bringing Up Baby,’ ‘Red River,’ ‘The Big Sleep’

It’s not very accurate to say his 20 greatest films are ranked worst to best.  He made 40 films, so that would imply the other 20 not on the list are worse than his worst?  The title should just read, His 20 greatest films, ranked.

Come and Get It

Come and Get It (1936, re-issued as Roaring Timber) is ranked number 20 among Howard Hawks’ Greatest Films.

I think it should be ranked a little higher.

Rio Bravo

My Rifle, My Pony, and Me by Dmitri Tiomkin and Paul Francis Webster

The sun is sinking in the west,
the cattle go down to the stream,
the redwing settles in her nest
it’s time for a cowboy to dream

Purple light in the canyon,
that’s where I long to be,
with my three good companions,
my rifle, my pony, and me

Gonna hang my sombrero, 
on a limb on a tree,
coming home, sweetheart darling,
just my rifle, pony and me

When the wind, in the willow,
sings a sweet melody,
riding to Amarillo,
just my rifle, pony and me

No more cows, to be roping
no more strays, will I see,
round the bend, she’ll be waiting,
for my rifle, my pony and me, 
for my rifle, my pony and me. 

Howard Hawks cast two singers for dramatic roles in Rio Bravo (1959), but did not want to pass up the opportunity to feature them in song.

His Girl Friday

Howard Hawks (in a white shirt on the right) meets with the cast and crew of His Girl Friday (1940) including Rosalind Russell.

His Girl Friday

foreign poster for His Girl Friday (1940)

His Girl Friday

Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in a publicity still for His Girl Friday (1940)

Rio Bravo

John Wayne and Dean Martin in a scene from Rio Bravo (1959)

Rio Bravo

Angie Dickinson and John Wayne behind the scenes in an original autographed publicity still for Rio Bravo (1959)

His Girl Friday

Quentin Tarantino lists the 12 greatest films of all time

Howard Hawks’ His Girl Friday (1940) is the only black and white film on Quentin’s list, and the only film made before 1963.

His Girl Friday

Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy are an unusual Howard Hawks triangle in His Girl Friday (1940).  Typically the two men are good friends (A Girl in Every Port, The Big Sky, El Dorado), and not rivals.

Rio Bravo

“If I’m dating a girl and I show her Rio Bravo, she better fucking like it.” – Quentin Tarantino

His Girl Friday

Ralph Bellamy and Rosalind Russell in a publicity still for His Girl Friday (1940).