#29 in my ranking of Howard Hawks’ filmography. Howard Hawks' last movie reminds me of Family Plot, Alfred Hitchcock's last film. It's a final film steeped in the well-worn conventions of an individual director's work. Not exactly their best, it has a lot of the same charms of his best, even if it had been done… Continue reading Rio Lobo
#18 in my ranking of Howard Hawks’ filmography. I think that the commercial and critical failure of Red Line 7000 made Howard Hawks simply retreat. He effectively remade his most successful film of the previous twenty years, Rio Bravo, using some of the same cast, another established movie star, and the same basic premise for most… Continue reading El Dorado
#36 in my ranking of Howard Hawks’ filmography. When talking about Red Line 7000, I think it's required to talk about both Rio Bravo and Hatari! because the earlier two films point to what Hawks was surely trying to do in the latter. The two adventures with John Wayne were loose collections of character moments brought… Continue reading Red Line 7000
#16 in my ranking of Howard Hawks’ filmography. This is both a return to an older form of comedy for Howard Hawks as well as something new. This is almost as much a remake of Bringing Up Baby as A Song is Born was of Ball of Fire, and it would have been made even the… Continue reading Man’s Favorite Sport?
#11 in my ranking of Howard Hawks’ filmography. The formula worked with Rio Bravo, so Howard Hawks went on vacation to Africa and made another movie chockfull of interesting characters in a dangerous profession with a bare minimum of plot starring John Wayne. It's also the birthplace of one of Henry Mancini's most famous pieces of… Continue reading Hatari!