Sequestered in a houseful of academics, Prof. Gary Cooper offers to take in stripper Barbara Stanwyck, who’s on the run from the police, if she’ll teach him everything she knows about “slang” for his encyclopedia. When her gangster boyfriend Dan Duryea threatens to complicate matters, the intellectual Cooper discovers he has an animal side, too. Four Oscar nominations including Best actress for Stanwyck and Best Writing, Original Story for Billy Wilder and Thomas Monroe. –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
"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.
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