Walter Burns is a conniving but irresistible newspaper publisher desperate to woo back the paper’s star reporter — who happens to be his estranged wife. She’s tired of the business and is ready to settle down with a new beau. But, as Walter well knows, she has one weakness — she can’t quite resist a juicy scoop. –Inbaseline
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
Frenetic and twisted love for work along with lines delivered by Grant and Russell like they were thunders seeking a comforting restlessness they can only find in their jobs. Hawks creates a sharp comedy that exemplifies his passionate and adaptable craft regardless of the genre of his films - he basically did everything - and a rare intelligence for scriptwriting.
The critic and filmmaker talks his wonderful new film, which opens in New York on March 1.
Apparently at a Hollywood party Howard Hawks decided to show how the Hecht- MacArthur play ‘The Front Page’ had the best dialogue of any American play ever written, he read the editor and had an actress… read review
The screwball comedy genre of the 1930s and 40s remains one of the most delightful and effervescent genres ever put to celluloid. Hawks was a master, and his particular speciality was speed. That was… read review