Director Howard Hawks – (1896-1977)

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There’s action only if there’s danger.

Howard Winchester Hawks was an American film director, producer and screenwriter of the classic Hollywood era. Critic Leonard Maltin called him “the greatest American director who is not a household name.” Wikipedia

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I’m a storyteller–that’s the chief function of a director. And they’re moving pictures, let’s make ’em move!

When [John Ford] was dying, we used to discuss how tough it was to make a good Western without [John Wayne].

[on John Wayne] He never squawks about anything. He’s the easiest person I ever worked with. Because he never says anything about it, he just goes ahead and does it.

I don’t think plot as a plot means much today. I’d say that everybody has seen every plot 20 times. What they haven’t seen is characters and their relation to one another. I don’t worry much about plot anymore.

Rio Bravo (1959) was made because I didn’t like a picture called High Noon (1952). I saw “High Noon” at about the same time I saw another western picture, and we were talking about western pictures and they asked me if I liked it, and I said, “Not particularly”. I didn’t think a good sheriff was going to go running around town like a chicken with his head off asking for help, and finally his Quaker wife had to save him. That isn’t my idea of a good western sheriff. I said that a good sheriff would turn around and say, “How good are you? Are you good enough to take the best man they’ve got?” The fellow would probably say no, and he’d say, “Well, then I’d just have to take care of you”. And that scene was in “Rio Bravo”.

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