Howard Hawks was a director/producer/writer and worked with icons like John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Carol Lombard, Cary Grant, Lauren BaCall, Ginger Rogers, John Barrymore, Marylyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum, James Cagney, Katharine Hepburn, Gary Cooper, Jane Russell to the greatest photographers, technicians, screenplay writers to all the studio heads to Howard Hughes, and he even brought William Faulkner to Hollywood. Howard Hawks set the standard, the prototype for the Hollywood thriller, comedy, drama and action film that still exists today. Directors like Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino have hailed him as a major influence. Howard Hawks paved the way for the Maverick as he fought the big studio system of the 30s and 40's and got away with it when no one else could and like his films, he was tough, independent and American.
Howard Hawks’s wife Nancy spotted a beautiful teenager on the March 1943 cover of Harper's Bazaar and urged Hawks to have her take a screen test. He signed her up to a seven-year personal contract for $100 a week.
Hawks changed her name, Betty Joan Perske to Lauren Bacall.
By following the life and art of Howard Hawks one can capture the true essence of the Golden Age of Hollywood, as if slipping on special lenses that suddenly pull away the grain and glare to reveal an unforgettable time of Movie Magic.