Showing posts with label Howard Hawks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Howard Hawks. Show all posts

Thursday, January 18, 2024

His Girl Friday (1940)

   " of those fast-moving and idyllic comedies in which the lovers behave like villains to each other..."

With Ralph Bellamy and Rosalind Russell.

His Girl Friday- Review is taken from 'The Films of Cary Grant' by Donald Deschner (1973):

"His Girl Friday" from a play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur" is a remake of The Front Page, the movie success of 1931 and stage hit of 1928.  The original has been changed this time into one of those fast-moving and idyllic comedies in which the lovers behave like villains to each other - sophisticated is the usual word for the genre.  Hildy Johnson has become a woman for this purpose.  She has been married to the fanatical editor and divorced from him because there was never time for love.  Coming to tell him she is going to marry a simple insurance man from Albany, she soon finds herself, against her will, back on her former job as reporter.  There follows the plot of The Front Page, with managing editor playing his tricks partly on the insurance man.  By the change the accent is shifted to the lovers' quarrel, and the original story loses much of its sense and punch.  Yet Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant give such entertaining performances that nobody in the roaring audience seems to notice the tastelessness, to say the least, of playing hide-and-seek with a man condemned to death.  The tragic elements of the original story are misused for boy-meets-girl nonsense.  Charles Lederer has written the new version with great skill and Howard Hawks has directed it with liveliness but with too great a concern for the deaf."  

- Franz Hoellering, The Nation

New Artwork by Rebekah Hawley at Studio36 -
Number 35His Girl Friday (Lobby Card Style)

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

On This Day...Monkey Business (1952)

 Today, in 1952, saw the release of Cary Grant's 58th film Monkey Business.

Grant's character is Dr. Barnaby Fulton, a research chemist, who has been working on a formula to regenerate worn-out tissues in the human body. After taking the formula himself, he starts to feel younger which leads to complications and fun!!

Marilyn Monroe stars as Lois Laurel, a secretary at Dr. Fulton's company. Also starring as his wife, Edwina, is Ginger Rogers.

"If youth is anything like the nonsense displayed here, maybe it's just as well that nobody has really concocted anything that would force us older citizens back into it." - John McCarten, The New Yorker

"Grant has never been better than in his part as the absent-minded professor in search of the elixir of youth." - Motion Picture Herald

"...only Cary Grant could do Barnaby justice with the underplaying that avoids the mawkish and the silly." - Newsweek

Cary Grant showing that once an acrobat always an acrobat.

The skating scene with Marilyn Monroe, overseen by Howard Hawks and crew.


Professor Barnaby Fulton     Cary Grant
Edwina Fulton                      Ginger Rogers
Mr. Oliver Oxly                    Charles Coburn
Lois Laurel                           Marilyn Monroe
Hank Entwhistle                   Hugh Marlowe
Dr. Siegfried Kitzel               Henri Letondal
Dr. Zoldeck                          Robert Cornthwaite
Mr. G.J. Culverly                 Larry Keating
Dr. Bruner                            Douglas Spencer
Mrs. Rhinelander                 Esther Dale
Little Indian                         George Winslow

Ginger Rogers and Marilyn Monroe costume test pictures.

Lobby Cards:

Lobby card that has the alternative title "Be Your Age"

Spanish lobby card - "Vitamins for Love"

With Ginger Rogers and George Winslow.

Directed by Howard Hawks.
Distributed by 20th Century-Fox.
Running time: 97 minutes.

With Ginger Rogers and "Esther".

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

On This Day...I Was A Male War Bride(1949) and People Will Talk(1951)

Today's date sees the release of Cary Grant's 54th and 56th full length feature films, I Was A Male War Bride and People Will Talk.

I Was A Male War Bride (1949):

Cary Grant plays suave French captain Henri Rochard.

Ann Sheridan co-stars as his assistant, Lt. Catherine Gates, who shares in their love-hate relationship!

"...Under Howard Hawks's direction, the end product is one of the most sparklingly original comedies of the year." - Newsweek

"Cary Grant is a past master at playing the handsome he-man thrown for a loss by a difficult dame or an undignified situation." - Scholastic Magazine

"...Cary Grant, as the French captain, and Ann Sheridan, as the WAC who married him, put their all into the fun and manage to keep things moving at a fast pace." - Philip T. Hartung, The Commonweal

With Ann Sheridan.

Although only appearing in the closing scenes, Cary Grant in his horse tail wig and WAC uniform has become the iconic image of the film.


Captain Henri Rochard           Cary Grant
Lt. Catherine Gates                 Ann Sheridan
Captain Jack Rumsey             William Neff
Tony Jowitt                             Eugene Gericke
WACS                                    Marion Marshall, Randy Stuart
Innkeeper's Assistant              Ruben Wendorf
Waiter                                     Lester Sharpe
Seaman                                   Ken Tobey
Lieutenant                               Robert Stevenson
Bartender                                Alfred Linder
Chaplain                                 David McMahon
Shore Patrol                            Joe Haworth
Trumble                                  John Whitney
Sergeants                                William Pullen, William Self
Shore Patrol                            John Zilly
Sergeant                                  Bill Murphy

On location.

Lobby Cards:

Directed by Howard Hawks.
Distributed by 20th Century-Fox.
Running time: 105 minutes.

People Will Talk (1951):

Cary Grant plays Dr. Noah Praetorius, a doctor with a mysterious background who comes under investigation.

Jeanne Crain plays a patient who is treated by Dr. Praetorius, after attempting suicide. She eventually marries the doctor, but is unsure of his motives.

With Finlay Currie and friends.

"We've no space to go into particulars - to discuss the inventiveness and skill of Mr. Mankiewicz' story telling, the cleverness of his people's talk or the arch humor of his expose.
Neither can we do more than mention the delightfulness and the good sense of the performance of Cary Grant as the professor, of Jeanne Crain as the troubled girl, of Finlay Currie as the mysterious companion and of Hume Cronyn, Walter Slezak, and many more.
All we can say is that a picture so mature and refreshingly frank as to hold that an erring young woman might be rewarded  with a wise and loving mate is most certainly a significant milestone in the moral emancipation of American film, not to mention an unexpected portent to greet an eager reviewer on his return.
People Will Talk should foment chatter, but that should be all to the good."
- The New York Times.

With Julia Dean and Katherine Locke.

"And once again, Hollywood's ranking "genius" - the only man to win four Academy Awards in two years - has something to say and says it frankly and funnily.
The film, which has a three-way plot, concentrates on one of the strangest and most adult love affairs ever to emerge from Hollywood...Grant...turns in one of the most intelligent performances of his nineteen-year Hollywood career." - News Week

"Cary Grant is excellent as Praetorious..." - Ann Helming, Hollywood Citizen-News.

With Jeanne Crain, Walter Slezak and Sidney Blackmer.

With Jeanne Crain.


Dr. Noah Praetorius         Cary Grant
Annabel Higgins             Jeanne Crain
Shunderson                      Finley Currie
Prof. Elwell                     Hume Cronyn
Prof. Barker                    Walter Slezak
Arthur Higgins                Sidney Blackmer
Dean Lyman Brockwell  Basil Ruysdael
Miss James                      Katherine Locke
John Higgins                   Will Wright
Miss Pickett                     Margaret Hamilton
Mrs. Pegwhistle               Esther Somers
Technician                       Carleton Young
Business Manager            Larry Dobkin
Nurse                               Jo Gilbert
Dietician                          Ann Morrison
Old Lady                         Julia Dean
Secretary                          Gail Bonney
Student Manager             William Klein
Haskins                            George Offerman
Mabel                               Adele Longmire
Coonan                            Billy House
Photographer                   Al Murphy
Toy Salesman                  Parley Baer
Cook                                Irene Seidner
Gussie                              Joyce MacKenzie
Night Matron                   Maude Wallack
Bella                                Kay Lavelle
Doctor                              Ray Montgomery
Students                           Paul Lees, Wm. Mauch, Leon Taylor

You can look at this two ways!!

Lobby Cards:

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
Distributed by 20th Century-Fox.
Running time: 109 minutes.
Based on the play "Dr. Praetorius" by Curt Goetz.