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Youngblood Hawke (1964)

Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  4 November 1964 (USA)
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Youngblood Hawke is a truck driver from Kentucky who comes to New York City to become a hot-shot writer. Almost immediately, he meets editor Jeanne Green. She sees great promise in Hawke's ... See full summary »

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Youngblood Hawke
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Jeanne Green
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Frieda Winter
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Fannie Prince
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Irene Perry
Lee Bowman ...
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Quentin Judd
Don Porter ...
Ferdie Lax
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Mrs. Sarah Hawke
Kent Smith ...
Paul Winter Sr.
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Scotty Hawke
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Georges Peydal
Mark Miller ...
Ross Hodge
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Mr. Givney
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Mr. Leffer
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Youngblood Hawke is a truck driver from Kentucky who comes to New York City to become a hot-shot writer. Almost immediately, he meets editor Jeanne Green. She sees great promise in Hawke's writing and falls for the handsome Kentuckian while helping him put together his first book deal. His first novel is moderately successful, but it is soon transformed into a Broadway play by a has-been stage actress. Jeanne discovers that Youngblood has an effect on a great many women, so she takes a job at a new publishing company. Soon after, Hawke's second novel is heralded and he becomes the toast of the town. He then has an affair with a married socialite. His third novel bombs and is also panned by critics...Hawke's financial state declines into hard times. Returning to Kentucky to work on his next book, he contracts pneumonia before realizing that his first editor Jeanne was his ideal woman. Written by thustlebird

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He was young and crude, some kind of country-boy joke, but a woman could feel him across a room. See more »

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4 November 1964 (USA)  »

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Arthur Hawke - Ein Mann kam nach New York  »

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Warren Beatty originally agreed to play the lead role but changed his mind before signing the contract. See more »

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Hawke arrive at a New York City adjacent airport on the day before Christmas - traditionally one of the busiest travel days of the year - yet appears to be only traveler in entire terminal. See more »

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Youngblood Hawke: My friends call me Richard.
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Trashy film from trashy novel
16 October 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Herman Wouk who wrote such classics as the Caine Mutiny and Marjorie Morningstar must have decided one morning maybe on a bet that he could write a trashy novel the equal of Harold Robbins or Jacqueline Susann. So he penned Youngblood Hawke and an equally trashy film was made from a trashy novel. In writing trash Wouk succeeded admirably.

Playing the title role in this film is James Franciscus who back in the day was a poor man's Richard Chamberlain and was fresh from his Mr. Novak series where he played a high school English teacher. Youngblood Hawke was his bid to transfer to big screen stardom, but the reviewers panned it horribly and deservedly.

Franciscus comes over as way too nice for such a rebel part. Paul Newman might have carried this film, but if someone sent him the script he probably sent it back showing uncommon good judgment. The title role concerns a kid from Kentucky who writes a best seller and then gets caught up in the fast life. Women are throwing themselves at him and he has to choose between his editor Suzanne Pleshette and the married and voluptuous Geraldine Page.

A really good cast of supporting character actors are the film's best asset and the two who standout are critic Edward Andrews and agent Don Porter. My favorite scene is Porter negotiating with Franciscus's current publisher to get out of his current contract. As for Andrews he's unmistakeably based on Bennett Cerf who could have sued but probably didn't want to give the film any publicity.

Poor Jim Franciscus must have wondered for the rest of his life how he got talked into doing Youngblood Hawke.


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