Howard Hawks: The Grey Fox of Hollywood (Paperback)
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Short Description for Howard Hawks In this first major biography of one of the greatest Hollywood directors, McCarthy explores Hawks's life and career through his landmark body of work, which includes the films "Scarface, Bringing Up Baby, The Big Sleep, Rio Bravo", and others. Photos.
- Published: 16 October 2000
- Format: Paperback 768 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780802137401 ISBN 10: 0802137407
- Sales rank: 477,298
Full description for Howard Hawks
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 Scarce, 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".