Hawks saw Monroe’s comedy potential and guided her in her breakthrough vehicle, the effervescent Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).
Trent’s Last Case (Fox 3/31/29) A murder mystery about a man who commits suicide in such a way as to cast doubt on his wife and his secretary, who loves her. Hawks’ eye for young talent and ear for believable dialogue desert him here. Wayne turned in a well-rounded performance as a gruff-but-caring sheriff who helps a rummy (Dean Martin in arguably his best screen performance) earn back his self-respect. York, so producer Howard Hughes completed it himself. © Copyright 2017 HowardHawksMovies.com. Man’s Favorite Sport (Universal 3/64) Rock Hudson is a fishing expert who can’t fish, and gets entered into a fishing tournament by the girl, Paula Prentiss. Land Of The Pharaohs (Warner Bros. 7/2/55) Hawks’ only film in Cinemascope is an epic with a cast of thousands about the construction of a great pyramid, with the engineering details and the finale being major points of interest. This is Hawks' first film as a director and is now lost. The archetypical romantic screwball comedy to take two established stars (Lombard and John Barrymore) and allowing them to ham it up with no restraint is a formula for success still used today. Monkey Business (Twentieth Century Fox 9/52) Cary Grant takes a youth serum mixed by a chimp, and chases around dumb blonde secretary Marilyn Monroe. Also with the archetypal bar room brawl, Frances singing the tune that later became Elvis Presley’s Love Me Tender, and the first academy award for supporting actor to Walter Brennan. Also featuring Hawks’ worst musical number, proving he had a tin ear for the modern rock sounds of 1965. The archetypal black and white mystery thriller was remade in 1977 with Robert Mitchum. Rio Bravo (Warner Bros. 4/4/59) Hawks’ timeless classic is an answer to the earlier High Noon, with sheriff John Wayne constantly refusing the help of those around him, whose numbers include Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan and Ricky Nelson. Kathleen Freeman as the hillbilly ma, had a career in comedy which stretched to her evil nun at the beginning of The Blues Brothers (1980). Announcing our NEW encyclopedia for Kids. The Air Circus (Fox 9/30/28) Two young men at flying school overcome their fear and recklessness in the air with the help of a pretty aviatrix. Tiger Shark (Warner Bros. 9/24/32) Edward G. Robinson as a one armed tuna fisherman with terrific action sequences of tuna fisherman at work. It would be several years before Hawks took on another project, but his triumphal return to filmmaking, Rio Bravo (1959), was hailed as one of the best westerns ever made. Great use of slang throughout the movie, and a great nightclub bit with drummer Gene Krupa. Land of the Pharaohs (1955), a handsome but unremarkable account of the building of the Great Pyramid at Giza, was Hawk’s least-favourite of his films.
Viva Villa (MGM 34) Wallace Beery in a big budget action drama as legendary rebel Pancho Villa. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. The Dawn Patrol (Warner Bros. 7/10/30) Academy award for best original story, for life among a group of World War I aviators, with Hawks credited as a stunt pilot.