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What's your favorite film by Henry Hathaway?

Now and Forever
0 (0%)
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
2 (13.3%)
Peter Ibbetson
0 (0%)
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine
0 (0%)
Go West Young Man
0 (0%)
Souls at Sea
0 (0%)
Spawn of the North
0 (0%)
The Real Glory
0 (0%)
Johnny Apollo
0 (0%)
Brigham Young
0 (0%)
The Shepherd of the Hills
0 (0%)
Sundown
0 (0%)
China Girl
1 (6.7%)
A Lady Takes a Chance
0 (0%)
Wing and a Prayer
0 (0%)
The House on 92nd Street
0 (0%)
The Dark Corner
0 (0%)
13 Rue Madeleine
0 (0%)
Kiss of Death
1 (6.7%)
Call Northside 777
0 (0%)
Down to the Sea in Ships
0 (0%)
The Black Rose
0 (0%)
You're in the Navy Now
0 (0%)
Fourteen Hours
0 (0%)
Rawhide
1 (6.7%)
The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel
1 (6.7%)
Diplomatic Courier
0 (0%)
Niagara
0 (0%)
White Witch Doctor
0 (0%)
Prince Valiant
0 (0%)
Garden of Evil
0 (0%)
The Racers
0 (0%)
23 Paces to Baker Street
0 (0%)
Legend of the Lost
0 (0%)
From Hell to Texas
0 (0%)
Seven Thieves
0 (0%)
North to Alaska
0 (0%)
How the West Was Won
0 (0%)
Circus World
0 (0%)
The Sons of Katie Elder
0 (0%)
Nevada Smith
1 (6.7%)
5 Card Stud
0 (0%)
True Grit
3 (20%)
Raid on Rommel
0 (0%)
Shoot Out
0 (0%)
other (specify)
0 (0%)
haven't seen any
4 (26.7%)
don't like any
1 (6.7%)

Total Members Voted: 14

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Re: Director's Best: Henry Hathaway
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2014, 12:24:47 AM »
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Re: Director's Best: Henry Hathaway
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2014, 12:37:42 AM »
All 3 of these are good, with True Grit standing noticeably above the other 2
True Grit
Prince Valiant
The Desert Fox: The Story Of Rommel

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How the West was Won
We're in the Navy Now

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Re: Director's Best: Henry Hathaway
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2015, 07:45:27 PM »
True Grit 4/5
Call Northside 777 3/5
How the West Was Won 3/5
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Re: Hathaway, Henry
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2016, 02:58:08 AM »
True Grit: 8/10
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Re: Hathaway, Henry
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2016, 03:25:43 PM »
1. True Grit (2.5)
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Re: Hathaway, Henry
« Reply #15 on: April 08, 2017, 08:25:28 PM »
Souls at Sea (1937)
* * * - Good
Gary Cooper is a known slave trader secretly operating to destroy the industry. Even his good friend George Raft is unaware of his true intentions. Things get complicated - think The Departed - and as the film opens Cooper is on trial for multiple homicides. The bulk of the film is solid seafaring adventure building to a climax that reminded me of Titanic... in a good way. Lots of familiar faces, like Harry Carey, Porter Hall and Robert Cummings.
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Re: Hathaway, Henry
« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2019, 10:49:51 PM »
Updated Rankings

Go West Young Man (1936)
★ ★
[NOTE: I wrote this before My Little Chickadee but they share similar thoughts on Mae West.]

I find Mae West’s schtick very limited. The same delivery, the eyes always rolling up on the punchline. Some of it’s funny, and I loved learning she’s the sole credited writer on many of her films, but it’s like watching a SNL character at feature length. This was mostly a slog and a waste of Warren William (cast against type as a moral beacon), Randolph Scott and Lyle Talbot. Hathaway is strictly a director for hire.


The Desert Fox (1951)
★ ★
A mess of a script, hitting only selected highlights of German General Rommel’s involvement in the attempt to assassinate Hitler. James Mason is excellent, but for the first half he only gets occasional chances to act while a narrator and heaps of stock war footage cancel out any interest that should be building. The actor playing Hitler isn’t up to the challenge.
 

Diplomatic Courier (1952)
★ ★ ½
Espionage Noir with Tyrone Power searching for valuable information with enemies on all sides. Trust no one, except for the always dependable Karl Malden. Patricia Neal (newly added to my Classic Hollywood Movie Stars Marathon) isn’t up to her usual high standard and Hathaway’s direction is like Hitchcock with no memorable shots or suspense. (In other words, blah.)


Nevada Smith (1966)
★ ★ ★ – Okay
Solid if unoriginal revenge film with Steve McQueen going after three character actors who killed his parents. (Karl Malden, Martin Landau and Arthur Kennedy). Hits all the familiar beats of tracking down the bad guys while learning to be an expert gunman. Unsatisfying ending saying that life is more than revenge after two hours of nothing but. My favorite McQueen performance because for once he drops his thick layer of cool.


Shoot Out (1971)
★ ½
Gregory Peck gets out of jail and goes looking for the man who shot him in the back. He’s saddled with a kid and the film is saddled with some of the most annoying villains ever in a Western. They’re terribly written and then cast with people who just yell everything. Among them is Susan Tyrell, one of the worst actresses ever, and she’s the best of this bunch. Peck is excellent, but what’s the point. Kind of annoys me how much the film looks and feels like Hathaway’s True Grit. (This also has the same Producer and Screenwriter.)
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Re: Hathaway, Henry
« Reply #17 on: July 28, 2019, 03:03:02 PM »
Rawhide, 35˚
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