Howard Hawks (May 30, 1896 - December 26, 1977) was one of the more critically acclaimed directors of the Classic Hollywood Era.
Hawks directed several films considered to be classics in a number of different genres:
- The Big Sleep - film noir
- Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday - screwball comedy film
- Scarface - gangster film
- Sergeant York - war film
- Gentlemen Prefer Blondes - comedy
- Red River - western film
- Rio Bravo - western film
There is a story, which may be apocryphal, that Hawks once told Ernest Hemingway that he could make a good movie out of the worst thing that Hemingway had ever written, at which point Hemingway challenged him to make a movie out of To Have and Have Not. Hawks' film may not be a classic, but it includes a number of memorable scenes, including Bacall's exercise in teaching Bogart how to whistle.
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