Billy Wilder / Cary Grant / Henry Fonda / Lauren Bacall / Screen teams / Screwball

The Summer of Screwball

Screwballs went with the studio system. They came into their own 1933-1934, peaked late 30’s to early 40’s, but after the war and the end of the decade, lost their mojo. Most of the films I’ve profiled over this summer were made between 1934-1943, a decade long period when contract stars still did what they … Continue reading

Film directors / Lauren Bacall

Directors Named Howard: Hawks and Hughes

Notable for their distinct personalities, these two men who share a first name, were actually rather similar. (Although don’t tell them.) Howard Hawks attended Throop Polytechnic Institute (later Cal Tech) and Cornell to study engineering and flew during World War I. Howard Hughes was born in Texas and after earning himself a reputation as a … Continue reading