Henry Hathaway

The Lives of a Hollywood Director

By (author) Harold N. Pomainville

Hardback - £85.00

Publication date:

10 June 2016

Length of book:

332 pages

Publisher

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9781442269774

For the casual film fan, Henry Hathaway is not a household name. But in a career that spanned five decades, Hathaway directed an impressive number of films and guided many actors and actresses to some their most acclaimed performances. He also helped launch the Hollywood careers of numerous actors such as Randolph Scott, Lee Marvin, Karl Malden, and Charles Bronson. His work on Niagara established Marilyn Monroe as a major star. Hathaway also guided John Wayne to his Academy Award-winning performance in the original version of True Grit.

In Henry Hathaway: The Lives of a Hollywood Director, Harold N. Pomainville looks at the life and work of this Hollywood maverick. The author charts Hathaway’s career from his first low budget Western in the early 1930s through his last film in 1974. In between, he focuses his attention of the films that brought the director acclaim, including The Lives of Bengal Lancer (1935)—for which Hathaway received an Oscar nomination—noir thrillers The House on 92nd Street and Kiss of Death, and his documentary-like production of Call Northside 777 with Jimmy Stewart.

In this book, the author captures Hathaway’s extroverted personality and keen intellect. He befriended some of the best known celebrities of his generation and was known for his loyalty, generosity, and integrity. He was also notorious in Hollywood for his powerful ego, explosive temper, and his dictatorial style on the set. Henry Hathaway: The Lives of a Hollywood Director is a must-read for anyone interested in the enduring work of this unheralded, but no-less-noteworthy, master of American cinema.
Hathaway is the subject of this major biography which will be much appreciated by film scholars… This is a meticulously researched and thoroughly engrossing analysis of a director who routinely turned out timeless hits whilst somehow not enjoying the personal recognition he should have received.