Howard Hawks: The Grey Fox of Hollywood

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Grove Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 756 pages
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Howard Hawks is the first major biography of one of Hollywood's greatest directors, a filmmaker of incomparable versatility whose body of work includes the landmark gangster film Scarface, screwball comedies like Bringing Up Baby and His Girl Friday, the Bogart-Bacall classics To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep, the musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and aviation classics and Westerns like The Dawn Patrol and Rio Bravo. Sometime partner of the eccentric Howard Hughes, drinking buddy of William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway, an inveterate gambler and a notorious liar, Hawks was the most modern of the great masters and one of the first directors to declare his independence from the major studios. He played Svengali to Lauren Bacall, Montgomery Clift, and others, but Hawks's greatest creation may have been himself. As The Atlantic Monthly noted, "Todd McCarthy . . . has gone further than anyone else in sorting out the truths and lies of the life, the skills and the insight and the self-deceptions of the work." "A fluent biography of the great director, a frequently rotten guy but one whose artistic independence and standards of film morality never failed." -- The New York Times Book Review; "Hawks's life, until now rather an enigma, has been put into focus and made one with his art in Todd McCarthy's wise and funny Howard Hawks." -- The Wall Street Journal; "Excellent . . . a respectful, exhaustive, and appropriately smartass look at Hollywood's most versatile director." -- Newsweek.
  

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Review: Howard Hawks: The Grey Fox of Hollywood

User Review  - Clint - Goodreads

After reading this massive biography of one of Hollywood's greatest filmmakers, I come away with just as much if not more respect for Hawks the director, but a good deal less respect for Hawks the man. Read full review

Review: Howard Hawks: The Grey Fox of Hollywood

User Review  - Ronald Gordon - Goodreads

Comprehensive; definitive. Places Hawks as both a unique film artist and a product of the studio system. Only angels have wings. Read full review

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Contents

Origins
16
Boy of Privilege
32
Rich Kid in Hollywood
46
Showtime
62
The Sound Barrier
95
A New Dawn
100
The Criminal Code
116
Tough Guys Hughes Hecht Hays and Scarface
120
Air Force
329
The BelAir Front
343
Not in the Script To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep
356
The Urge to Independence Red River
395
Slim Walks Money Talks
427
Skirting Trouble I Was a Male War Bride
445
An Old Boss A New Mate
466
The Fox at Fox Monkey Business and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
492

Back to Warners The Crowd Roars
154
Tiger Shark
161
Sidetracked at MGM Faulkner Thalberg and Today We Live
171
Viva Villa
186
Screwball Twentieth Century
195
Barbary Coast
204
Flying High Ceiling Zero
212
The Road to Glory
222
Include Me Out Come and Get It
229
Big Spender RKO Gimga Din and Bringing Up Baby
241
Only Angels
257
His Girl Friday
276
Slim Hemingway and An Outlaw
286
Sergeant York
298
Catching Fire
317
In the Land of the Pharaohs
509
Sojourn in Europe
537
Bravo
545
Fun in the Bush Hatari
568
A Fishy Story Mans Favorite Sport?
593
Fast Cars and Young Women
602
The Last Roundup
624
From Sand to Dust
639
Posterity
657
Filmography
665
Acknowledgments
689
Notes
693
Bibliography
711
Index
721
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