60 Facts About Howard Hawks

1. Howard Hawks viewed a good writer as a sort of insurance policy, saying, "I'm such a coward that unless I get a good writer, I don't want to make a picture.

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2. Howard Hawks often recycled story lines from previous films, such as when he jettisoned the shooting script on El Dorado during production and reworked the film-in-progress into a remake of Rio Bravo (1959).

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3. Howard Hawks made a name for himself by directing eight silent films in the 1920s, His facility for language helped him to thrive with the dawn of talking pictures, and he really established himself with his first talkie in 1930, the classic World War I aviation drama The Dawn Patrol.

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4. Howard Hawks wanted to direct, but Paramount refused to indulge his ambition.

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5. Howard Hawks called on Faulkner and Furthman again—along with Leigh Brackett, a writer of pulp-detective and science-fiction stories—to help adapt Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe mystery The Big Sleep.

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6. Howard Hawks had signed Bacall to a personal services contract after his wife, Slim, noticed the arresting teenager in the pages of Vogue.

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7. Until the mid-1930s Howard Hawks was known primarily as a director of dramas and action films.

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8. Howard Hawks had become a barnstorming pilot at age 16 and served during World War I in the US Army Air Corps.

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9. Howard Hawks attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and graduated from Cornell University in 1917 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

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10. Howard Hawks was born in a family whose considerable wealth was derived largely from the paper industry and who moved from northern Indiana to Wisconsin before finally settling in Pasadena, California.

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11. Howard Hawks died in Palm Springs, California on December 26, 1977.

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12. Howard Hawks began his career in films as an editor, writer, and assistant director.

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13. Howard Hawks directed his first feature film, Road to Glory in 1926.

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14. Howard Hawks went on to Exeter Academy in New Hampshire from 1914 until 1916.

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15. Howard Hawks was perhaps the greatest director of American genre films.

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16. Howard Hawks died on December 26, 1977, in Palm Springs, California.

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17. Howard Hawks was married first to Athole Shearer in 1928.

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18. Howard Hawks earned a star on the Walk of Fame in 1960.

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19. In 1925, Howard Hawks broke his contract with the company and left the group, since they would not make him a director.

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20. Howard Hawks had four younger siblings: Kenneth, William, Grace, and Helen.

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21. Howard Hawks died on December 26, 1977, in Palm Springs, California at the age of 81.

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22. Around this time, Howard Hawks worked on a number of films with Cary Grant.

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23. Howard Hawks graduated from Cornell University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1917.

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24. Howard Hawks was born on May 30, 1896, in Goshen, Indiana.

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25. Howard Hawks was nominated for Academy Award for Best Director in 1942 for Sergeant York, but he received his only Oscar in 1974 as an Honorary Award from the Academy.

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26. Howard Hawks was inducted into the Online Film and Television Association's Hall of Fame for his directing in 2005.

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27. In 1996, Howard Hawks was voted No 4 on Entertainment Weekly's list of 50 greatest directors.

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28. Howard Hawks was nicknamed "The Gray Fox" by members of the Hollywood community, thanks to his prematurely gray hair.

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29. Howard Hawks worked across many genres including gangster, film noir, musical comedy, romantic comedy, screwball comedy, Western, aviation, and combat.

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30. Howard Hawks would sometimes walk out on films that he wasn't producing himself.

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31. Howard Hawks was an uncredited contributor to many other screenplays such as Underworld, Morocco (1930), Shanghai Express (1932), and Gunga Din (1939).

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32. Howard Hawks was a versatile director whose career includes comedies, dramas, gangster films, science fiction, film noir, and Westerns.

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33. Howard Hawks credited himself with the discovery of William Faulkner and introducing the, then, unknown writer to the Algonquin Round Table.

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34. Howard Hawks was known for maintaining close friendships with many American writers such as Ben Hecht, Ernest Hemingway, and William Faulkner.

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35. Howard Hawks built the race car that won the 1936 Indianapolis 500, as well as enjoyed riding motorcycles with Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper.

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36. Howard Hawks had one son, Gregg, named after cinematographer Gregg Toland with his last wife Dee Hartford.

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37. Howard Hawks died on December 26, 1977, at the age of 81, from complications arising from a fall when he tripped over his dog at his home in Palm Springs, California.

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38. Howard Hawks died in December 1977, before these projects were completed.

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39. In 1951, Howard Hawks produced, and according to some, directed, a science-fiction film, The Thing from Another World.

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40. In 1948, Howard Hawks made Red River, an epic western reminiscent of Mutiny on the Bounty starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift in his first film.

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41. Howard Hawks reteamed with Bogart and Bacall in 1946 with The Big Sleep, based on the Philip Marlowe detective novel by Raymond Chandler.

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42. Howard Hawks was a close friend of Hemingway and made a bet with the author that he could make a good film out of Hemingway's "worst book.

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43. Howard Hawks completed initial shooting of the film in early 1941, but due to perfectionism and battles with the Hollywood Production Code, Hughes continued to re-shoot and re-edit the film until 1943, when it was finally released with Hawks uncredited as director.

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44. Howard Hawks directed the film and cast Cooper as a specific favor to Lasky.

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45. In 1934, Howard Hawks went to Columbia Pictures to make his first screwball comedy, Twentieth Century, starring John Barrymore and Hawks's distant cousin Carole Lombard.

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46. In 1933, Howard Hawks signed a three-picture deal at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, the first of which was Today We Live in 1933.

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47. Howard Hawks used real race car drivers in the film, including the 1930 Indianapolis 500 winner Billy Arnold.

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48. Howard Hawks developed the script for The Crowd Roars with Seton Miller for their eighth and final collaboration.

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49. Howard Hawks took the opportunity to accept a directing offer from Harry Cohn at Columbia Pictures.

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50. Howard Hawks managed to remain an independent producer-director for the rest of his long career.

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51. Howard Hawks was over schedule and over budget on the film, which began a rift between him and Sol Wurtzel that would eventually lead to Hawks leaving Fox.

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52. In March 1927, Howard Hawks signed a new one-year, three-picture contract with Fox and was assigned to direct Fazil, based on the play L'Insoumise by Pierre Frondaie.

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53. Howard Hawks broke his contract to become a story editor for Thalberg at MGM, having secured a promise from Thalberg to make him a director within a year.

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54. Howard Hawks signed a new one-year contract with Famous-Players in the fall of 1924.

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55. Howard Hawks was the Story Editor at Famous Players for almost two years, occasionally editing such films as Heritage of the Desert.

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56. Howard Hawks accepted and was immediately put in charge of over 40 productions, including several literary acquisitions of stories by Joseph Conrad, Jack London and Zane Grey.

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57. Howard Hawks became friends with barn stormers and pioneer aviators at Rogers Airport in Los Angeles, getting to know men like Moye Stephens.

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58. Howard Hawks began directing at age 21 after he and cinematographer Charles Rosher filmed a double exposure dream sequence with Mary Pickford.

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59. Howard Hawks was then sent to Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire from 1913 to 1914; his family's wealth may have influenced his acceptance to the elite private school.

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60. Howard Hawks finished his junior year of high school at Citrus Union High School in Glendora.

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