Howard Hawks Blogathon-Day 3
The Howard Hawks Blogathon enters it’s 3rd day, and this time featuring posts on two of his best movies Sgt.York and My Girl Friday.
From an early age, Edward Copeland became obsessed with movies, good television, books and theater. On the side, he nursed an addiction to news and information as well that led him into journalism where he toiled for 17 years until health problems forced him to give up the daily grind of work. In addition to writing for Press Play, he ran the blog Edward Copeland on Film (later renamed Edward Copeland’s Tangents and currently in hibernation) and has written for The Demanders on rogerebert.com, at Slant Magazine’s The House Next Door, Movies Without Pity, Awards Daily as well as the political commentary site The Reaction.
As part of the Blogathon, Edward Copeland, takes a look at Howard Hawks, brilliant screwball comedy, His Girl Friday, that had Cary Grant and Rosalind Russel in the leads. Itself a remake of The Front Page, this was one of those screwball comedies that Hawks excelled in. In Edward’s own words.
The list of remakes that exceed the original is a short one, especially when the original was a good one, but there never has been a better remake than Howard Hawks’ His Girl Friday, which took the brilliance of The Front Page and turned it to genius by making its high-energy farce of an editor determined by hook or by crook to hang on to his star reporter by turning the roles of the two men into ex-spouses. Icing this delicious cake, which marks its 70th anniversary today, comes from casting Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell as the leads.
We have another contribution from Rich Watson, of Wide Screen World, where he takes a look at Howard Hawks, WWI classic Sgt. York, which also got it’s lead actor Gary Cooper a well deserved Oscar. Wide Screen World as the name goes, is a fabulous introduction to the world of cinema, where you have the views, reviews, news, updates. And do check out his take on Sergeant York here. In Rich’s own words
I imagine that for as long as man has waged war on each other, there have been individuals with moral objections to the practice. It’s certainly not hard to imagine why. Someone once described war as a failure of the imagination, and when one considers how long some conflicts have lasted, that definition makes a lot of sense. I like to believe that if it came down to protecting my family and/or my home – if, like, aliens invaded Earth and we had to fight them off, Independence Day-style, say – I’d do what I had to do. One can never be truly certain of what one would do in such an extreme situation unless it actually happened. Still, I know that going off to fight for any less of a reason would give me pause. I was in college when Operation Desert Storm happened, and though I never truly believed the US would start up the draft again, I admit the possibility occurred to me… and it scared me. That was one war I wanted no part of.