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Youngblood Hawke (1964)

 -  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Youngblood Hawke
Jeanne Green
Frieda Winter
Fannie Prince
Irene Perry
Lee Bowman ...
Jason Prince
Quentin Judd
Don Porter ...
Ferdie Lax
Mrs. Sarah Hawke
Kent Smith ...
Paul Winter Sr.
Scotty Hawke
John Emery ...
Georges Peydal
Mark Miller ...
Ross Hodge
Mr. Givney
Mr. Leffer


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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The International Jet Set...and Youngblood Hawke belonged. All the way from a Kentucky shack to the black-tie intimacies of a Fifth Avenue penthouse. See more »




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4 November 1964 (USA)  »

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This film was originally going to be shot in color. However, budget cuts made in the film by Warner Brothers executives hindered its chances of being shot on color stock. See more »


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 »


Frieda Winter: I'm sick, you don't know how sick I am!
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The last of Delmer Daves' potboiler masterpieces
21 May 2002 | by (Boulder, Colorado) – See all my reviews

James Franciscus had the role of his career (yes, even greater than Beneath the Planet of the Apes!) as a Kentucky truck driver who comes to New York City to make it as a novelist. I'm not being facetious about Franciscus: he never looked more handsome, and he plays his role with a disarming blend of cockiness and vulnerability. He has perhaps the most soulful and expressive eyes of any blond-haired actor in the movies.

Suzanne Pleshette plays his patient editor with her usual warmth and intelligence, and Genevieve Page is elegant and fascinating as the society woman who "keeps" him. Edward Andrews is witty and menacing as a literary critic, and Mary Astor is totally believable as a veteran stage actress. Everybody shines in the all-star cast.

Delmer Daves took Herman Wouk's mammoth bestseller (what's new?) and wisely made some changes in his screen adaptation. In the novel, Youngblood Hawke is a brawny, average looking man where Daves gives us a beautiful, cerebral hero. Now for a glossy, unabashed soap opera, eye candy can sure help 137 minutes pass a little more pleasantly! Another of Daves' departures from the novel is in permitting more of the leads to remain alive by the end; by doing this, Daves is giving us our cake and letting us eat it. Frankly, I *devour* it on average of once a month!

This film was the last of Delmer Daves' potboiler masterpieces - an enormously entertaining blend of class and trash.

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