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

Genres:

Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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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 »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although fictionalized, the novel and movie are based on the life story of author Thomas Wolfe. 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

Youngblood Hawke: [jealous] It seemed that you preferred his company over mine.
Frieda Winter: Nonsense. He is unsure if he will even start writing the first chapter of his next book. As a matter of fact, he makes me feel kind of motherly... which is something you never did!
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The last of Delmer Daves' potboiler masterpieces
21 May 2002 | by reelguy2See 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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