I understand Howard Hawks enjoyed talking to young people:

And, mentoring talent:

“We discovered Bacall was a little girl who, when she becomes insolent, becomes rather attractive. That was the only way you noticed her, because she could do it with a grin. So I said to Bogey, “We are going to try an interesting thing. You are about the most insolent man on the screen and I’m going to make this girl a little more insolent than you are.”

All kidding aside, The Guardian published an article back in February that encapsulates Hawks’ genius rather aptly.

I found these old photos of Nancy Gross (in the contemporary press she was referred to as a “free lance writer”) who would later be know as Slim Keith. She was the second of Mr. Hawk’s three wives. (As I hinted, fidelity wasn’t one of his strong suits.)

‘The love impulse in men frequently reveals itself in terms of conflict.”  BRINGING UP BABY (1938)

Honeymoon in Cuba -1941

Exiting Divorce Court – 1948

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  1. George Kaplan
    May 7, 2013

    Oh, the first picture and your accompanying text is saucily hilarious (the comment on his enthusiasm for “young people”: Genius :)) but the progression from the penultimate to the final photograph is so *sad*.
    Hawks, at his best, *was* a great director. Thanks for the link!

    • May 7, 2013

      Great director, a little bit of a crabapple of a person 😉

  2. May 7, 2013

    Great post, Vickie. Always appreciate these on this filmmaker. Would you mind if I forward the link to a blogger hosting a Howard Hawks Blogathon later this month?

  3. George Kaplan
    May 7, 2013

    Vickie speaks True! 🙂

  4. May 29, 2013

    Vick, thanks for the bit on the “insolent” way Hawks wanted to characterize Bacall because I read he based Bacall’s famous To Have and Have Not role on his wife, Slim, I was trying to find as much about her as I could, she must’ve been a knock-out.

    • May 29, 2013

      Reports are she was captivating and also athletic and musical – when I was little I remember her speaking somewhere and being struck by how poised she was. Well, considering my age at the time I probably thought she looked like a princess or a queen 😉

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