Sequestered in a houseful of academics, Professor Bertram Potts (Gary Cooper) offers to take in [singer] Sugarpuss O’Shea (Barbara Stanwyck), who’s on the run from the police, if she’ll teach him everything she knows about slang for his encyclopedia entry. When her gangster boyfriend Joe Lilac (Dana Andrews) and pal Duke Pastrami (Dan Duryea) threaten to complicate matters, the intellectual Cooper discovers he has an animal side, too. “Oh, Pottsy…!” Hawks’ expertly crafted screwball gem boasts a Billy Wilder-Charles Brackett screenplay, cinematography by the great Gregg Toland and costumes by Stanwyck regular Edith Head. —AFI
Although John Ford—his friend, contemporary, and the director arguably closest to him in terms of his talent and output—told him that it was he, and not Ford, who should have won the 1941 Best Director Academy Award (for Sergeant York (1941)), the great Hawks never won an Oscar in competition and was nominated for Best Director only that one time, despite making some of the best films in the Hollywood canon. The Academy eventually made up for the oversight in 1974 by voting him an honorary Academy Award, in the midst of a two-decade-long critical revival that has gone on for yet another two decades. To many cineastes, Howard Hawks is one of the faces of American film and would be carved on any film pantheon’s Mt. Rushmore honoring America’s greatest directors, beside his friend Ford and Orson Welles (the other great director who Ford beat out for the 1941 Oscar). It took the French “Cahiers du Cinema” critics to teach America to appreciate one of its own masters, and it was… read more
It doesn't get much better than Hawks directing a Brackett and Wilder script inspired by the story of Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs. The end product is a sheer delight from effervescent start to finish with the sassy and sexy Stanwyck on scintillating form as nightclub singer Sugarpuss O'Shea, hiding from the cops and holed up with a group of stuffy professors who are compiling an encyclopedia. Drum Boogie, indeed.
"Meet John Doe" lovers with the seven Pa's (Pamuk Prenses ve Yedi Dedeler). A real NERD movie. Clever dialogues, match boogie, Chinese torture, Great Oddley (Richard Haydn - what a voice!) and -Edith Head is right- the most beautiful legs in Hollywood: Barbara Stanwyck. One of the best screwballs of its era. Hawks did it again.
A selection of the best one sheets and more of the great star’s career.
There is a terrific series titled ”Auto-Remakes” starting today at Anthology Film Archives in New York. The series, which runs through March
Any film written by Billy Wilder and directed by Howard Hawks needs no other recommendation, but with such an odd pairing, Wilder the European intellectual and Hawks the all American action guy, the… read review