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Definition: Hawks, Howard Winchester (1896-1977) from Chambers Film Factfinder

American, born in Goshen, Indiana. He studied mechanical engineering at Cornell University and worked in the film industry as a prop man before serving in World War I. He returned to the cinema as a scriptwriter, and made his directorial debut with The Road to Glory (1926). He went on to work with some of Hollywood's biggest stars, and proved an expert at screwball comedy as well as at tough action pictures that explored male friendship and masculine values.

Career highs

Scarface (1932), Bringing up Baby (1938), The Big Sleep (1946), Red River (1948), Rio Bravo (1959)

Career low

A Song is Born (1948)


Summary Article: Hawks, Howard (Winchester)
from Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

(born May 30, 1896, Goshen, Ind., U.S.—died Dec. 26, 1977, Palm Springs, Calif.) U.S. film director, screenwriter, and producer. He served as a pilot in World War I, then wrote screenplays in Hollywood (from 1922) and directed several projects before making his first major film, A Girl in Every Port (1928). A master technician and storyteller, he created a sense of intimacy by filming from eye level. He directed over 40 films (many of which he also produced and wrote) in a variety of genres: adventure (The Dawn Patrol, 1930), crime (Scarface, 1932), comedy (Bringing Up Baby, 1938), war (Sergeant York, 1941), musicals (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953), film noir (The Big Sleep, 1946), science fiction (The Thing, 1951), and westerns (Red River, 1948; Rio Bravo, 1959).

Birth Place: Goshen, Indiana, United States

Death Place: Palm Springs, California, United States

Name: Hawks, Howard or Howard Hawks

Gender: male

Nationality: American

Activity: American director

Keywords: “Rio Lobo”, “Scarface: The Shame of a Nation”, directing, “Thing from Another World, The”, Hawks, Howard, “Rio Bravo”, American, “Sergeant York”, motion picture, Howard Hawks, Indiana, “His Girl Friday”, “To Have and Have Not”, Goshen, producing, “Bringing Up Baby”, “Red River”, Palm Springs, “Big Sleep, The”, California

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