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Youngblood Hawke (1964)

Unrated | | Drama | 4 November 1964 (USA)
Arthur Hawke works as a coal truck driver in Kentucky, he in the process trying to protect his widowed mother Sarah Hawke's property rights against his wealthy and cutthroat paternal uncles... See full summary »

Director:

Delmer Daves

Writers:

Herman Wouk (novel), Delmer Daves (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franciscus ... Arthur Youngblood Hawke
Suzanne Pleshette ... Jeanne Green
Geneviève Page ... Frieda Winter (as Genevieve Page)
Eva Gabor ... Fannie Prince
Mary Astor ... Irene Perry
Lee Bowman ... Jason Prince
Edward Andrews ... Quentin Judd
Don Porter ... Ferdie Lax
Mildred Dunnock ... Sarah Hawke
Kent Smith ... Paul Winter Sr.
John Dehner ... Scotty Hawke
John Emery ... Georges Peydal
Mark Miller ... Ross Hodge
Hayden Rorke ... Mr. Givney
Werner Klemperer ... Mr. Leffer
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Arthur Hawke works as a coal truck driver in Kentucky, he in the process trying to protect his widowed mother Sarah Hawke's property rights against his wealthy and cutthroat paternal uncles' mineral rights. Sarah, however, may be more astute in the matters of business than her son. In his spare time, Arthur is writing a novel under the pen name Youngblood Hawke, it, his first, which he is able to sell to a New York publishing house. As such, Arthur moves to New York City while he works on the necessary rewrites and contemplates his next novel, which he knows can and will pour out of him. Even before that first novel, Alms of Oblivion, is published, Arthur is the toast of certain literary circles in New York. Naive to the ways of the business, he gets caught up in this new life, in having to deal with the publishers, agents, managers, lawyers, critics, theater people who want him to translate the work into a play, and movie types who want to purchase the movie rights. He has to decide ... Written by Huggo

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All the blister-heat of the bestselling novel that scorched the Jet Set. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

4 November 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arthur Hawke - Ein Mann kam nach New York See more »

Filming Locations:

Virgie, Kentucky, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Martin Balsam: briefly at party sequence See more »

Goofs

When Ferdie's date is warming her behind on the heat of the fire in the fireplace at Arthur's cabin in Kentucky, her mouth movements, at one point, do not match the audio dialogue. See more »

Quotes

Frieda Winter: You need somebody. And I wish it was me.
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"That's quite an explosion of talent...a real dinosaur of a book!"
7 August 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Talented rube from a mining town in Kentucky pens a novel ("Alms For Oblivion"!) and apparently has it accepted by the very first publishing house in New York City that he sends it to. Writer-director Delmer Daves, who adapted his screenplay from Herman Wouk's bestseller, keenly understands the awe and wonderment a trip to the big city can hold for a country kid--and he also handles the circling society sharks and poison-pen critics with aplomb. However, this two hour-twenty minute melodrama is teeming with ridiculousness, some of which is so absurd that one can only scoff. This is the kind of movie in which book reviewers actually turn up on television, or are invited to stand up and read their critiques at major galas. Daves hopes to underline the notion that a few bad reviews can destroy a book's chances at finding an audience (or automatically cause a play to fold), but it's a nonsensical extension of circumstances--and this approach is applied throughout the film, from characters to situations. "Youngblood Hawke" (bad title!) is a glossy, fairly well-acted keg of soap, but not the involving guilty pleasure you may be hoping it'll be. It's too overripe to take seriously, and too slow to be viewed as camp (though it certainly comes close). ** from ****


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