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Anthony J Lombardi
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Posted: 07 August 2017 at 6:57am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

My first choice would be The Thing From Another World but since he goes uncredited on that film. I'm selecting my second choice as my pick for favorite film.

The Big Sleep
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Don Zomberg
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Posted: 07 August 2017 at 8:37am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

RIO BRAVO
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Shaun Barry
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RIO BRAVO, for me as well.

One of the greatest Western casts ever assembled!



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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 07 August 2017 at 9:53am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

From beginning to end, BRINGING UP BABY is awesome. It may be my favourite Cary Grant role. 
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 07 August 2017 at 1:07pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

RIO BRAVO for me, too.




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Mario Ribeiro
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Posted: 07 August 2017 at 1:46pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Another vote for RIO BRAVO.

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Rick Senger
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Posted: 07 August 2017 at 3:06pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

HIS GIRL FRIDAY.

Hawks is another in a select group of directors equally comfortable in almost any genre, so many choices here.  He did classic western, scifi, screwball comedy, crime drama (including some great film noir), action adventure, romance, biography, and on.  The only thing I'm not sure he ever tackled was a musical, but maybe I just haven't seen it yet? 

Edited to add:  I just IMDB'ed it and realized that Hawks did do a quasi-musical, ironically from a Billy Wilder story, called A SONG IS BORN.  I wouldn't call it a classic, but it is competent.  He also did GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES.  Criminy.


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Doug Centers
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Posted: 07 August 2017 at 5:17pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Two are very close;

RIO BRAVO*




but if THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD gets cleared by someone in the know, I reserve the right to change my pick. That would put the 2 very close films tied for second.
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Mario Ribeiro
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Posted: 07 August 2017 at 7:47pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Rick, a much better version of A SONG IS BORN is the original, also directed by Hawks, and properly written by Brackett and Wilder: BALL OF FIRE.
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Pete York
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Posted: 07 August 2017 at 9:22pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Kenneth Tobey said Hawks directed THE THING, fwiw.

Anyway, ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS for me.
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Stéphane Garrelie
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Posted: 08 August 2017 at 5:18am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Probably THE BIG SKY, but El Dorado is another favorite.
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Michael Hogan
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Posted: 08 August 2017 at 11:08am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

HIS GIRL FRIDAY

Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell at their quick-patter best!
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Stephen Churay
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El Dorado. John Wayne, Robert Mitchum,
James Caan, Arthur Hunnicut, Josephine
Carey, Ed Asner and R.G. Armstrong.
Awesome cast and a great remake that I
like better than the original.
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Rick Senger
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Rick, a much better version of A SONG IS BORN is the original, also directed by Hawks, and properly written by Brackett and Wilder: BALL OF FIRE.
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BALL OF FIRE is certainly the better movie (in fact both Hawks and Wilder really hated A SONG IS BORN), but I only mentioned A SONG... as an example of a quasi-musical directed by the incredibly versatile HH, not as an endorsement of its greatness.  BALL OF FIRE has a song memorably sung by Stanwyck in that sparkly little dress but A SONG IS BORN is the more tuneful movie, featuring a murderer's row of hall of fame jazz musicians doing what they do best.  
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