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Youngblood Hawke (1964)

Unrated | | Drama | 4 November 1964 (USA)
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
Quentin Judd
Ferdie Lax
Mrs. Sarah Hawke
Paul Winter Sr.
Scotty Hawke
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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All the blister-heat of the bestselling novel that scorched the Jet Set. See more »




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Release Date:

4 November 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arthur Hawke - Ein Mann kam nach New York  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Technically this was the last film in which Mary Astor acted, but its release in 1964 occurred about seven weeks before her second-last film "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte" was released. "Hawke" opened in theaters November 4, 1964, "Charlotte" opened on December 24. 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: You need somebody. And I wish it was me.
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Should have been a bit more hawkish
14 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This soap opera based on a Herman Wouk novel is entertaining in its meandering way but suffers from a less than riveting lead actor, James Franciscus.

Franciscus was a decent actor and certainly movie star handsome but not charismatic enough to carry a big budget film. Although he was quite effective as a series lead in Longstreet and several other shows the character of Youngblood Hawke required a more compelling actor than he. Warren Beatty, who was originally cast but bowed out or George Peppard would have worked much better in the star spot.

As it is the attractive but bland Franciscus is surrounded by high quality actors who all act rings around him. The little known Genevieve Page is cast in the trickiest part as an unhappily married woman who falls for Hawke. Even though she's a bit too young for the role her air of world weariness suits sad Frieda, she makes quite an impression and you miss her when she's off-screen.

The film is loaded with a variable kaleidescope of outstanding performers in every role. Suzanne Pleshette and her volcano of hair are terrific as Hawke's editor, even in her relatively brief screen time she makes something out of a standard part. Same goes for Mildred Dunnock, Eva Gabor, John Dehner and Don Porter all of whom are handed stock characters but still manage to stretch those characters with entertaining portrayals.

Another two old reliables who add some dash to this overlong stew are Mary Astor as a renown stage actress searching for a new vehicle and thinks she sees it in Hawke's novel. This was her penultimate screen appearance, she played a key role in Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte later that year then retired permanently, she imbibes her handful of scenes with a class and mastery that only the best actors are able to do with cameo appearances. The other is Edward Arnold as a critic who is both friend and foe, he obviously knows he has one of the better roles in the film and clearly relishes his opportunity. By word and gesture he makes Quentin Judd a memorable character.

This was also almost the end of the line for director Daves, that master of the overblown cinematic soap, and is right in his wheelhouse but his pacing seems rather off. The film is at least 20 minutes too long and is oddly in black and white. While all his other films of this type, A Summer Place, Rome Adventure etc, were in rich Technicolor with sweeping vistas which would have helped here he and cinematographer Charles Lawton Jr. use the shadows indigenous to black & white effectively.

Not anywhere near a great film but the cast makes it worth checking out.

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