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Henry Hathaway 


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Director / Producer
1898 - 1985 
Born March 13, Sacramento, California, USA
Key Production Country: USA 
Key Genres: Western, Drama, Action, Adventure, Thriller, Romance, Film Noir, Mystery, Crime
Key Collaborators: Lyle Wheeler (Production Designer), Alfred Newman (Composer), Lucien Ballard (Cinematographer), Joseph MacDonald (Cinematographer), Gary Cooper (Leading Player), John Wayne (Leading Player), Hal Wallis (Producer), Karl Malden (Leading Character Player), Dennis Hopper (Leading Character Player), J. Watson Webb (Editor)
Highly Recommended: Kiss of Death (1947), Call Northside 777 (1948), Niagara (1953)
Recommended: Peter Ibbetson (1935), Shepherd of the Hills (1941), The Dark Corner (1946)
Worth a Look: The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935), Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936), The House on 92nd St. (1945), Fourteen Hours (1951), Diplomatic Courier (1952), Prince Valiant (1954), How the West Was Won [co-directed by John Ford and George Marshall] (1962), The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), Nevada Smith (1966), True Grit (1969)
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1,000 Greatest Films: Peter Ibbetson (1935)
250 Quintessential Noir Films: The House on 92nd Street (1945), The Dark Corner (1946), Kiss of Death (1947), Call Northside 777 (1948), Niagara (1953)
Kiss of Death (1947)Call Northside 777 (1948)Peter Ibbetson (1935)Niagara (1953)
  "Durability cannot conceal great oscillations in his work. And professionalism and the legend of his colorful temper should not excuse frequent dullness. Because a man has directed for so long does not ensure that his character has matured. Close study of Hathaway reveals, at best, an amiable enthusiasm for adventure, but at worst, the considerable endurance test, of say, the overrated Call Northside 777." - David Thomson (The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, 2002)  
  "They don't make them like Hathaway anymore, especially in the lengths of their careers...Perhaps it was because he was so resolutely anti-intellectual that he lasted so long, for he was certainly not unintelligent, as he showed with the very strange, heady, and really rather fantastical Peter Ibbetson (1935)." - Mario Reading (The Movie Companion, 2006)  
  "Henry Hathaway is a director without complexes or neuroses even when his material is saturated with these modern accoutrements...Hathaway's charm consists chiefly of minor virtues, particularly a sense of humor, uncorrupted by major pretensions, but this charm is also a limiting factor." - Andrew Sarris (The American Cinema, 1968)  
  "Although Hathaway is not the master of theme as are fellow action directors, Ford, Wellman, and Hawks, the director's career nonetheless brilliantly reflects Hollywood trends. His work can be broken up into five stages: (1) The solidarity of men in action (The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, 35); (2) Patriotism (The House on 92nd Street, 45); (3) Complex psychology (Call Northside 777, 48), (4) Personal quests (From Hell to Texas, 58); (5) Reflective aging protagonists (True Grit, 69)." - William R. Meyer (The Film Buff's Catalog, 1978)  
  "To be a good director you've got to be a bastard. I'm a bastard and I know it." - Henry Hathaway  

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