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    John Ford

    LEST WE FORGET: The John Ford Stock Company
    Bill Levy (2013)

    John Ford (1894-1973) directed scores of memorable movies that feature countless scenes that linger in one’s memory. He is the only director to have won four Best Director Academy Awards, for The Informer (1935), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), and The Quiet Man (1952).

    There have been many biographies and film studies of John Ford and his motion pictures. There has never been a single volume devoted to the stock company of actors and actresses who worked for him, some continually, many intermittently, from his silent westerns of the ‘teens to his final films of the 1960s. This book spotlights 112 members of Ford’s fluid repertory company and includes a mini-chapter on each member of the troupe.

    And it was a diverse group. One wrote three books on the Baha’i Faith religion; another boxed the heavyweight champion of the world to a draw; one eloped with Loretta Young when she was seventeen; one participated in the Yukon gold rush; a photograph of one player’s ear is the clublogo for a professional wrestling association; another taught Lucy how to jitterbug; one was a legendary undercover agent for the OSS in France during World War II; another was a member of the advisory board to the Bank of America concerning loans to the studios; two were rodeo world champions.

    All of them, from obscure bit players to barely-remembered character actors to legendary film stars, made substantial contributions to Ford’s movie legacy.

    April, who runs the great website, has interviewed Levy
    and you can read the interview here:

    Information courtesy of Paula

    THREE BAD MEN: John Ford, John Wayne, Ward Bond
    Scott Allen Nollen (2013)

    The complex relationship between master film director John Ford, star John Wayne, and character actor supreme Ward Bond, and their films, including FORT APACHE, THE QUIET MAN and THE SEARCHERS, by Scott Allen Nollen.
    Pre-order at

    This, the first book to provide a biography of Ward Bond, explores the professional and personal relationships between these three "good bad men," not unlike the colorful characters depicted in Ford's films. This incredible, fascinating story, including the activities of all three during World War II, is intertwined with in-depth coverage of ALL their films. 60 rare, original photos, lobby cards, letters, and studio materials illustrate the text. A complete Ward Bond Filmography is included.

    For the book in greater detail,
    as described by the author, please see
    Three Bad Men

    Thanks to Hawkswill for the update

    JOHN FORD: A Life In Film (Movie Greats)
    Richard Schickel.(2011)[Kindle Edition]

    Legendary film critic Richard Schickel first encountered director John Ford's work when he saw Drums Along the Mohawk in 1939. Ford went on to helm such classics as Stagecoach, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, How Green Was My Valley, and The Grapes of Wrath. Despite his reputation and clutch of Oscars (four for best director – a record), Shickel argues that Ford was, in fact, the only world-class director whose work was readily accessible. It’s time to shine the spotlight on this cinematic master.

    Essays on the Filmmaker's Life and Work
    Kevin L. Stoehr/ Michael C. Connolly (Author), Kevin L. Stoehr (Editor), Michael C. Connolly (Editor) (2007)

    Best known for his enduring westerns (Stagecoach, The Searchers) and classic films (The Grapes of Wrath, The Quiet Man) American film director John Ford received an unprecedented four Academy Awards for Best Director over his lifetime. This collection of essays offers a comprehensive examination of Ford's life and career, revealing the frequent intersections between Ford's personal life and artistic vision. Part one provides an overview of Ford's importance in the early development of cinema. Part two focuses on selected aspects of Ford's personal life, specifically his genealogy, Irish heritage, and roots in the coastal community of Portland, Maine. Part three situates Ford's films within a broader cultural and intellectual context, exploring theories that explain why Ford's movies have sparked such interest, debate, and enjoyment among Hollywood film critics and the general cinema community.

    HOW THE WEST WAS SONG: Music in the Westerns of John Ford
    Kathryn Kalinak. (2007)

    James Stewart once said, "For John Ford, there was no need for dialogue. The music said it all." This lively, accessible study is the first comprehensive analysis of Ford's use of music in his iconic westerns. Encompassing a variety of critical approaches and incorporating original archival research, Kathryn Kalinak explores the director's oft-noted predilection for American folk song, hymnody, and period music. What she finds is that Ford used music as more than a stylistic gesture. In fascinating discussions of Ford's westerns--from silent-era features such as Straight Shooting and The Iron Horse to classics of the sound era such as My Darling Clementine and The Searchers --Kalinak describes how the director exploited music, and especially song, in defining the geographical and ideological space of the American West.

    JOHN FORD'S WESTERNS- A Thematic Analysis with a Filmography
    William Darby. (2006)

    John Ford’s early Westerns reflect an optimistic view of society and individual capacity; as his thematic vision evolved, he became more resigned to the limitations of humanity. His thematic evolution was evident in other films, but was best shown in his Westerns, with their stark depictions of the human condition. Ford’s sound Westerns and his major silent films are compared in this work, revealing how his creative genius changed over time. A complete filmography of Ford’s Westerns is also provided.

    As the title suggests, it's all about Ford's westerns. Most of it is critical analysis and I'd say it's pretty well done. The Duke films that are analyzed in depth are The Horse Soldiers, Fort Apache, Rio Grande, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Three Godfathers, The Searchers, and Stagecoach.

    JOHN FORD: The Complete Films
    Scott Eyman, Paul Duncan. (2004)

    This new release of yet another book on John Ford won't tell you anything new if you already have other works dealing with his life and his films. But this is by far the best book on Ford yet for photos of Ford himself! There's a great number of behind the scenes shots and very funny candid shots as well as rare and never before seen color photographs (for instance, from the sets of the black & white pictures Wagon Master, Liberty Valance and Fort Apache). Pictures such as Chief Scar getting his hair sprayed for the upcoming scene, Wayne and Fonda playing poker, let the making of these pictures come alive again.

    "When in doubt, make a Western." -- John Ford Director of nearly 150 feature films and winner of six Oscars, John Ford (1895-1973) was the quintessential American filmmaker. Ford produced an unparalleled body of work that includes such classics as The Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, Stagecoach, My Darling Clementine, The Quiet Man, and The Searchers. In response to critics and fans who praised his work as having a powerful, singular vision, Ford was known for making statements such as "It's no use talking to me about art, I make pictures to pay the rent"; though such assertions betrayed his genuine love of filmmaking, which he called "the only thing I really like to do." Author Scott Eyman calls Ford "America's Homer" -- a fitting title for the filmmaker who helped frame the American experience for the world.

    Peter Cowie. (2004)

    As more and more books about Ford's work and life are published, this one won't fail to attract readers who already have sufficient knowledge about Ford. It compares the great American painters, Remington and Russell, als well as others like Schreyvogel, in the most beautiful reproductions, to Ford's direction. The author makes it a point that Ford often studied paintings, especially Remington. In the case of "Yellow Ribbon" he officially went after Remington's style of composition and lighting. Peter Cowie especially analyzes the meaning of Monument Valley in Ford's films and guides the reader through the valley and the different locations he used. A handsome book.

    There's nothing wrong with the theory of the paintings, of course, just one thing one must remind himself when reading the book: When paintings and photos from the films are compared, remember that the publicity stills were taken not by Ford - but by the official still taker. Very often those stills are quite different then the Ford's composition in the film. The publicity photograph would often have the actors for a shooting session while the still photographer would shoot pictures while the actors would try the upcoming scene (but not during shooting).

    oseph McBride (2003)
    (St Martins Press)

    Another heavyweight book but very interesting reveals some unusual facts and destroys some legends.
    After being called the "greatest poet of the Western saga," film director Ford responded, "I am not a poet, and I don't know what a Western saga is. I would say that is bullshit." Yet Ford--who made such classic westerns as Stagecoach, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance--helped define the idea of the western as a quintessential American story for audiences around the world. This first full-length critical biography presents a complex, fascinating portrait of a troubled and conflicted artist and man. Born John Feeney, he was an Irish outsider in Yankee New England. He began working in the film industry in 1914 as a studio ditch digger, but was soon acting in films and, a few years later, directing them. By the early 1930s, he had achieved considerable artistic and commercial fame with The Informer. McBride (Frank Capra) elegantly and cogently weaves Ford's personal life into the fabric of his career. He is at his best describing how Ford's political sentiments emerged in his work (especially the antiracism of Steamboat Round the Bend and The Searchers) as well as the director's move from liberal to conservative politics during Hollywood's red-baiting years and the HUAC hearings. He gives an equally astute delineation of Ford's emotional life--a tempestuous marriage, a possible affair with Katharine Hepburn, his reputation as a tough guy and his alcoholism. Drawing upon a wealth of critical material plus more than 125 interviews with Ford's colleagues, family and friends, McBride has produced a fine, long-needed biography of a pivotal American artist.

    Brian Spittles. (2002)
    by Pearson Education Ltd 129p.

    From the series On Directors.
    Again its for the purist as its content discusses the man
    and his films in genre rather than in depth. Eight chapters

    1. Ford's film family
    2. Ford as an auteur
    3. Generically challenged
    4. The greatest storyteller
    5. Conservative or subservive
    6. Entertainer or ideologue
    7. Unconscious racist
    8. Patriarchy or matriarchy

    The author also relies very heavily on quotes from other authorities on John Ford,
    but for collectors of Fords work it has its place.
    Thanks to arthurarnell for the above

    This text explores the major movies through discussion of their themes and techniques and reveals how much Ford was concerned with the very issues that are central to us today: gender, race, the treatment of ethnic minorities and social outcasts, the nature of history and the relationship between myth and reality. Unlike most books on Ford, which approach the man and his work chronologically, this one is designed around a collection of ideas which provide a better sense of the coherence of the great director's thinking and creative output of film-making through the exploration of specific films. The framework of the book is designed to give the a coherent overview of Ford's work by introducing, then developing discussion of various aspects of the films.

    PRINT THE LEGEND:The Life and Times of John Ford
    Scott Eyman. (2001)

    Brilliant, stubborn, witty, rebellious, irascible, and contradictory, John Ford remains an enduring symbol of Hollywood's Golden Age and one of its most respected directors. Through a career that spanned decades and 140 films -- among them such American masterpieces as The Searchers, The Grapes of Wrath, Stagecoach, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance -- John Ford left a cinematic legacy that few filmmakers will ever equal. Yet Ford himself was famously reticent about his personal life, often fabricating details and events. In this definitive look at the life and career of one of America's greatest directors, Scott Eyman offers a remarkable portrait of the man behind the legend that reveals how a saloon keeper's son from Maine helped to shape Hollywood's idea of America.

    Filming the Legend in the Sound Era
    Matthew H. Bernstein and Gaylyn Studlar (2001)

    The Western is arguably the most popular and longlived form in cinematic history, and the acknowledged master of that genre was John Ford. His Westerns, including "The Searchers", "Stagecoach", and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", have had an enormous influence on contemporary U.S. filmmakers, and on everything from Star Wars to Taxi Driver. In nine majors essays from some of the most prominent scholars of Hollywood film, "John Ford Made Westerns: Filming The Legend in The Sound Era" situates the sound era westerns of John Ford within contemporary critical contexts and regards them from fresh perspectives. These range from examining Ford's relation to other art forms (most notably literature, painting and music) to exploring the development of the director's public reputation as a director of Westerns. Articles also address the intricacies of Ford's shifting approach to storytelling and the subtle techniques whereby Ford's films guide spectator interpretation and emotional engagement. While giving attention to film style and structure, this volume also explores the ways in which these much loved films engage with notions of masculinity and gender roles, capitalism and community, as well as racial and sexual identity. Authors also examine how Ford's sound-era Westerns create a complex relationship to the genre's traditional project of 'defining an American nation' and how they uphold up but also question popular culture depictions of history and nationhood, to offer a commentary that engages with both the past, the present and the future. In addition to new scholarship, this volume also offers a dossier section of out of the way magazine articles that illuminate the issues raised by essays, including the director's tribute to John Wayne as well as a moving posthumous appraisal of the director published by the Director's Guild of America.

    Gerald Peary (Editor)(2001)
    (Conversations with Filmmakers)

    Ford in his own words: So he DID give interviews. About two dozen of them.

    This is the first collection of interviews with John Ford (1895--1973), whom many aficionados of fine films consider not only the major American filmmaker but also one of the most extraordinary American artists of the twentieth century.

    Among the world's filmmakers who have been devotees of Ford's work are Jean-Luc Godard, Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Wim Wenders, and Orson Welles, who, when asked from whom he learned how to make Citizen Kane, exclaimed "John Ford, John Ford, John Ford!"

    And yet, Ford, unquestionably a giant of the international film world, is far less known, his genius less recognized, although his accomplishments comprise perhaps the best film biography of all time (Young Mr. Lincoln), the best war film (They Were Expendable), a masterly romance (The Quiet Man), a sublime film of childhood (How Green Was My Valley), classic adaptations from fiction (The Grapes of Wrath, The Long Voyage Home), and the American Western, on which he left his indelible signature (Stagecoach, My Darling Clementine, Fort Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and The Searchers).

    Although his was a brilliant career, Ford was not a self-promoter. He refused to discuss his film art. In fact, with interviewers he proved to be gruff and impatient. With those who asked him intellectual questions he was downright cantankerous. His sarcasm, impatience, and occasional mean-spiritedness were quick to surface during interviews. The legend is that he was the interviewee from hell.

    Yet there were times when he let the walls down and spoke openly and even generously. This book includes at least a dozen such lucid encounters with him, many reprinted for the first time. Also for the first time, several French interviews have been translated into English and show how with French critics Ford enjoyed making conversation. Included too are interviews newly discovered and not listed previously in any bibliography, as well as his poignant and revelatory interviews granted when he knew he was dying.

    Gerald Peary, a professor of communication and journalism at Suffolk University in Boston, is a film critic for the Boston Phoenix and editor of Quentin Tarantino: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi).

    Dan Ford. (1998)

    Written by his grandson. A must.
    Although he is best remembered for his classic westerns like Stagecoach, My Darling Clementine,
    and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Irish-American director John Ford (1895–1973)
    made 136 diverse films during his 51-year career, winning Oscars for The Informer, The Grapes of Wrath,
    The Battle of Midway, and The Quiet Man. A master of psychological manipulation,
    Ford had a knack for goading brilliant performances out of his actors, albeit often through intimidation and verbal abuse.
    In Pappy, Dan Ford, John's grandson, draws on the director's personal archives and on intimate reminiscences
    from his family and friends—including John Wayne, whose acting career Ford had launched,
    Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, and George O'Brien—to produce the most complete and honest portrait
    ever written of the man and his astonishing output. Pappy was often cantankerous, irascible, and drunk
    and rarely made time for his family, but few who worked with him could resist his appealing energy. This revealing biography brings
    John Ford to life while painting a vivid panoramic picture of Hollywood as well as of the American landscapes
    that he so dramatically evoked in his films.

    JOHN FORD: A Bio-bibliography
    Bill Levy (1998)
    (Bio-Bibliographies in the Performing Arts)

    John Ford (1894-1973) is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema. He is the only person to win four Academy Awards for Direction, for The Informer (1935), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), and The Quiet Man (1952). This reference book is a comprehensive guide to his career. The volume begins with a biography that looks at Ford as a person, a director, and a cinematic legend and influence. Ford's life is discussed chronologically, but the biography repeatedly considers how his early experiences shaped his creative vision and attempts to explain why he was so self-destructive and unhappy throughout his career. In addition, the biography carefully scrutinizes his methods, styles, techniques, and secrets of direction. A chronology presents his achievements in capsule form.

    The rest of the book provides detailed information about his many productions and about the response to his works. The heart of the volume is a filmography, which includes individual entries for 184 films with which Ford was involved, as either an actor, a director, a producer, a writer, an advisor, or an assistant. These entries include cast and credit information, a plot synopsis, critical commentary, and excerpts from reviews. The book also includes the most extensive annotated bibliography on Ford ever published, with more than 1000 entries for books, articles, dissertations, documentaries, and even four works of fiction concerning Ford. Additional sections of the book provide information about his unrealized projects; his radio, television, and theater work; his awards and honors; and special collections and archives.

    JOHN FORD: Hollywood's Old Master
    (Oklahoma Western Biographies)
    Ronald L. Davis. (1997)

    John Ford remains the most honored director in Hollywood history, having won six Academy Awards and four New York Film Critics Awards. Drawing upon extensive written and oral history, Ronald L. David explores Ford’s career from his silent classic, The Iron Horse, through the transition to sound, and then into the pioneer years of location filming, the golden years of Hollywood, and the movement toward television. During his career, Ford made such classics as Stagecoach, The Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, and The Searchers-136 pictures in all, 54 of them Westerns. The complexity of his personality comes alive here through the eyes of his colleagues, friends, relatives, film critics, and the actors he worked with, including John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Maureen O’Hara, and Katharine Hepburn

    My Life As An actor In The John Ford Stock Company
    Harry Carey.Jr, (1994)

    In my opinion, not only the best book about Ford, it’s also one of the best about Wayne as well.
    The long-time member of Ford’s Stock company tells it all. And it’s so much fun.

    Product Description
    When Harry Carey, Sr. died in 1947, director John Ford cast
    Carey's 26-year-old son, Harry, Jr. in the role of The Abilene Kid in 3 Godfathers.
    Ford and the elder Carey had filmed an earlier version of the story,
    and Ford dedicated the Technicolor remake to his memory. "Company of Heroes"
    is the story of the making of that film, as well as the eight subsequent Ford classics.
    In it, Harry Carey, Jr. casts a remarkably observant eye on the process
    of filming Westerns by one of the true masters of the form.
    From She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and "Wagonmaster"
    to The Searchers and "Cheyenne Autumn",
    he shows the care, tedium, challenge, and exhilaration
    of movie-making at its highest level.
    Carey's portrayal of John Ford at work is the most intimate ever written
    He also gives us insightful and original portraits of the men and women
    who were part of Ford's vision of America:
    John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara,
    Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen, and Ben Johnson.
    Funny, insightful, and brutally honest, "
    Company of Heroes
    is a rip-roaring good read that presents the remarkable life story of
    Harry Carey, Jr. and his many continuing fine performances.

    WHERE GOD PUT THE WEST: Movie Making in the Desert :
    A Moab - Monument Valley Movie History
    Bette L. Stanton. (1994)

    Bette L. Stanton grew up in Kanab, Utah during its heyday as ""Little Hollywood.” For many years, she served as executive director of Grand County Economic and Community Development, the Moab Film Commission, and the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission, Museum, and Library.
    "Isn't strictly John Ford but has a big section on him and some great behind the scenes photos."

    Peter Bogdanovich. (1992)

    One read is not enough. Bogdanovich is of course now a filmmaker in his own right.
    His visit to Ford in Monument Valley and his long interview is now legendary.

    For years, Peter Bogdanovich's 1971 documentary Directed by John Ford stood as an impeccable work of auteurist enthusiasm: Bogdanovich, before his own directing career hit its early peak, assembled a loving tribute to the American cinema's towering figure. In 2006, Bogdanovich re-imagined the film for Turner Classic Movies, adding new interview footage with, among others, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, and himself. The result is something of a hybrid (and a curious experience for fans of the 1971 picture): the meat of the original film--complete with narration by Orson Welles--remains, but garnished with newish shot-on-video comments from a more distant perspective. Bogdanovich's own hilariously frustrated interview with John Ford is still prominently featured, with the sly Ford avoiding/denying his interlocutor's earnest questions. The superbly chosen clips have room to illustrate the uncanny poetry of Ford's art (such a pleasure to watch among the quick-cut tribute montages of the present day), and Bogdanovich highlights the emphasis on rituals in Ford's work and his many treatments of American history. Among the new interviewees is Steven Spielberg, who offers a marvelous anecdote about a youthful meeting with Ford (the old director's advice is priceless and extremely smart). Bogdanovich also includes a somewhat voyeuristic audiotape of a final meeting between Katharine Hepburn and the sickly Ford, strongly implying that she may have been the love of the director's life. The best stories come from Ford's old guard, notably John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and James Stewart, all of whom seem to take particular pleasure in telling Ford tales--and acting them out. By most accounts (including theirs) John Ford could be difficult, cruel, exasperating. And they're all utterly devoted to him. --Robert Horton

    Tag Gallagher (1992)

    Considered to be the man who knows Ford’s work the best.
    I once attended a screening of Ford’s documentary “Battle of Midway”
    and Callagher asked us to see it twice the same evening. He knows his stuff.
    Beware: this is written from the perspective of a film professor,
    not from a man who loves Ford and wants to tell about this love.

    J.A. Place. (1990)

    Deals with every single Ford non- western, beautifully illustrated, interesting points.
    The companion piece, by same author.

    Lindsay Anderson (1989)

    Now he is the contrary to Callagher – a film student who admires Ford for what he is: Cinemas greatest poet. Anderson met Ford several times.

    The career of John Ford, America's greatest film director, spanned nearly half a century - the fifty golden years of Hollywood. With masterpieces like Stagecoach, The Informer, The Grapes of Wrath and The Searchers, he was one of the world's most popular film makers, and one of the most universally admired. He has been the subject of a minor flood of critical works and at least two biographies. About John Ford . . . is different from any of these. It is a critical interpretation and a personal tribute. Lindsay Anderson's comprehensive survey of Ford's work has the authority of a writer who was himself a distinguished film maker, and the portrait which emerges has the vividness and warmth of friendship.

    Lindsay Anderson was a young critic and apprentice film maker when he met John Ford for the first time in 1951. He was also a devotee of Ford's work, and his early writings were the first to draw serious attention to his films. An odd, abrasive relationship developed, and their paths continued to cross until they met for the last time when Anderson visited Ford at the veteran director's home in Palm Desert, shortly before he died in 1973. During these years, with films like If.... and O Lucky Man!, and with a succession of theatre productions in London and New York, Lindsay Anderson himself became a director of international reputation. But he never lost his admiration for Ford, or his obsessive enthusiasm for his work. This book is the result.

    About John Ford . . . is not a work of hagiography. As well as recording Anderson's meetings with Ford, it contains key pieces of criticism never before published in book form and contains an altogether new assessment of Ford's later work, together with an interpretation of his achievement as an artist. The book is rounded off by full and illuminating letters from Ford's principal writing collaborators and by conversations with three actors who knew him well and worked with him often, including Henry Fonda. In its combination of personal fondness and understanding with authoritative critical assessment, About John Ford . . . is a unique contribution to the literature of the Cinema.

    Joseph McBride and Michael Wilmington. (1975)
    (Martin Secker and Warburg)

    Begins with Ford's funeral.Will give you lots of insight.
    Orson Welles was once asked which directors he most admired. He replied: "The old masters. By which I mean John Ford, John Ford and John Ford." John Ford (1894–1973) was a legend in his own time. Honored with four Academy Awards for best director, and two others for his World War II documentaries, Ford directed more than 140 films in a career that lasted from the early silent era through the late 1960s. Ford today is celebrated throughout the world as the cinema's foremost chronicler of American history, the leading poet of the Western genre, and a wide-ranging filmmaker of profound emotional impact. His classic films—such as Stagecoach, The Grapes of Wrath, Has Green Was My Valley, The Quiet Man, The Searchers, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance—remain widely popular, and he has been acknowledged as a major influence by such leading contemporary filmmakers as Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa, Elia Kazan, Samuel Fuller, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Oliver Stone, and Peter Bogdanovich.In this groundbreaking and influential work of Ford criticism, Joseph McBride and Michael Wilmington provide an overview of Ford's career as well as in-depth analyses of key Ford films, from his first feature, the 1917 Straight Shooting, to his last, the controversial Seven Women. Analyzing recurring Fordian themes and relating each film to his entire body of work, the authors insightfully explore the full richness of Ford's tragicomic vision of history.

    A. Place. (1975)

    Deals with every single Ford western, beautifully illustrated, interesting points.


    Published by the French Cahiers de Cinema, which are of course the movie critics
    who started to look at films differently in the Fifties, so men like Budd Boetticher could be discovered as cult directors.
    They analyze Ford at length. Good photographs.

    Special John Ford Issue Vol 2 No 4 (1978)
    Athens International Film Festival 87 pages

    (Wide Angle is a quarterley publication of the Ohio University Dept of Film of the College of Fine Arts
    and the Athens International Film Festival, and is partially funded by grants from the Ohio Arts Council
    and the National Endowment for the Arts)

    Andrew Sarris. (1976)

    A part of the Cinema One series published by Secker and Warburgh in association with the BFI 1976 192 pages

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    Howard Hawks

    Robin Wood.(1981)

    A significant and contemporary study of director Howard Hawks by influential film critic Robin Wood, reprinted with a new introduction.
    Standard work, often quoted from.

    Joseph McBride.(1982)

    The Best – Hawks gives a long interview, very much like Francois Truffaut’s famous interview with Hitchcock.
    The memoirs of a producer who recalls eight decades in cinema, and discusses the working methods behind films such as Scarface, Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday, Red River, Rio Bravo, The Big Sleep and Only Angels Have Wings.

    HOWARD HAWKS:Storyteller
    Gerald Mast.(1983)

    An analysis of the narrative style of the Hollywood movie director, Howard Hawks, examines the use of sound, camera movement, and other cinematic techniques in his classic films.

    HOWARD HAWKS: American Artist
    Jim Hillier/ Peter Wollen.(1996)
    (British Film Institute)

    "An excellent collection of essays, reviews and interviews."--"The Observer --

    This is an anthology of the best criticism produced about Hawks' films. Among the critics collected together in this book are Andrew Sarris and Robin Wood who go towards demonstrating the coherence and integrity of Hawks' work.

    HOWARD HAWKS: The Grey Fox of Hollywood
    Todd McCarthy.(1997)

    As producer and director, Howard Hawks mastered such diverse genres as screwball comedy, Western, science fiction, musical, and hard-boiled gangster film. He possessed a natural gift for storytelling and a keen eye for talent. He constantly bucked the studios and censorship boards, yet he made no "personal" films and considered any film a failure if it did not reach an audience. Despite the success of his films, Hawks was always scrambling for work thanks to gambling habits, free spending, and IRS claims for back taxes. On the centenary of the complex man's birth, the chief film critic at Variety has produced the first comprehensive biography of Hawks, detailing his privileged early life and his numerous relationships with "dames." McCarthy also discusses Hawks's aloof behavior both on the set and at home, as well as his working methods with such varied figures as Howard Hughes, John Wayne, Cary Grant, Ernest Hemingway, and William Faulkner. This exhaustively researched warts-and-all biography is a major contribution to film literature and should lead to a renewed appreciation of Hawks. Highly recommended.

    A great book dealing at length with Dukes relationships with his co-workers some of whom he got on with, and some whom he didn't. Great in depth narrative of the making of Hatari

    As producer and director, Howard Hawks mastered such diverse genres as screwball comedy, Western, science fiction, musical, and hard-boiled gangster film. He possessed a natural gift for storytelling and a keen eye for talent. He constantly bucked the studios and censorship boards, yet he made no "personal" films and considered any film a failure if it did not reach an audience. Despite the success of his films, Hawks was always scrambling for work thanks to gambling habits, free spending, and IRS claims for back taxes. On the centenary of the complex man's birth, the chief film critic at Variety has produced the first comprehensive biography of Hawks, detailing his privileged early life and his numerous relationships with "dames." McCarthy also discusses Hawks's aloof behavior both on the set and at home, as well as his working methods with such varied figures as Howard Hughes, John Wayne, Cary Grant, Ernest Hemingway, and William Faulkner. This exhaustively researched warts-and-all biography is a major contribution to film literature and should lead to a renewed appreciation of Hawks. Highly recommended.
    (Grove Press New York)

    CUT, PRINT - AND THAT'S A WRAP: A Hollywood Memoir
    Paul Helmick.(2001)

    Written in 2001, Howard Hawks' reliable assistant director and 2nd unit director Helmick tells the tales of his Hollywood years. He was around when they made some of the Hawks classics, as well as the films with Wayne: Rio Bravo (it was him who suggested to cast Dean Martin to Hawks), El Dorado, Rio Lobo. Of special interest I found his descriptions of working in Africa on Hatari. This must have been the techniqually most difficult film to make up to that point! Helmick would go out and shoot animal action (with, yes, the doubles) then call Hawks who would come in the next day and shoot scenes they just made up so they would fit to the things Helmick got in the cane. For the spectacular entrance scene with the Rhino, they just happend to find one that was mean enough to attack Bruce Cabot's double and they got it on film - the double acted as if being horned. So they wrote the whole entrance around it - writing Bruce Cabot out of the film for a large part of it (for all of us who forever wondered why his "Indian" character was in the film anyway). No wonder it took Hawks more than a year to assemble the cut (other Wayne releases before Hatari were actually shot AFTER it, he moved to Africa right after Alamo, and, according to Helmick, was glad to because he wanted to get away from it).

    Helmick also says that him and Wayne never got really friendly, he thinks that Wayne held one incident against him, when Wayne and Hawks were discussing what Ricky Nelson should say when asked by Chance: Pretty young for riding guard, don't ya, and it was Helmick who just came up with the cool line: Just how old you gotta be? Obviously, Hawks didn't tell Wayne that Nelson's response would be just that (he often didn't tell his actors to get a natural response) and Wayne barked: "Since when does the 2nd assistant get to write the dialogue?!"

    In this professional memoir, Hollywood veteran Paul A. Helmick candidly shares the joys, woes, and surprises of his more than fifty years in motion pictures, from his first studio job as copy boy and runner in 1934, to his role as assistant director on major blockbusters starring John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe. He's got the true insider's account of the directors, actors, and crew members on films like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Rio Bravo, and Funny Girl. This unique behind-the-scenes view features anecdotes and memories from Helmick as he worked tirelessly for directors like Howard Hawks and Otto Preminger, and often thanklessly, to make their pictures successful. Photographs behind the scenes of Helmick's many movies are included, along with a filmography of Helmick's many projects. An index allows easy reference to the many people and pictures featured in this remarkable account of the often funny, always changing, life of an assistant director for some of the most important studios in the business.

    HOWARD HAWKS: (Cinegraphiques)
    Noel Simsolo.(1984)(France)

    Nothing new here.

    HOWARD HUGHES: The Untold Story
    Peter Harry Brown/ Pat H Broeske..(1996)

    JW is mentioned on pages 239, 255, 282, 289, 391, 392,393,
    One part refers to the making of Jet Pilot and tells how the film started filming in 1949, they were still filming in 1951 and because of Hughes indecisiveness, he couldn't stop tinkering with the aviation scenes - the film was not released until 1957 and looked outdated.
    It also mentions that when 'The Conqueror' came out the audience howled but Hughes was so delighted that he bought the film outright.

    Howard Hughes was one of the most amazing, intriguing, and controversial figures of the twentieth century. He was the billionaire head of a giant corporation, a genius inventor, an ace pilot, a matinee-idol-handsome playboy, a major movie maker who bedded a long list of Hollywood glamour queens, a sexual sultan with a harem of teenage consorts, a political insider with intimate ties to Watergate, a Las Vegas kingpin, and ultimately a bizarre recluse whose final years and shocking death were cloaked in macabre mystery. Now he is the subject of Martin Scorsese's biopic The Aviator. Few people have been able to penetrate the wall of secrecy that enshrouded this complex man. In this fascinating, revelation-packed biography, the full story of one of the most daring, enigmatic, and reclusive power brokers America has ever known is finally told.

    EACH MAN IN HIS TIME: The Life Story of a Director
    Raoul Walsh.(1974)

    The only one of Wayne's director's who lived the life of a real adventurer. His very own biography reads like a Jack London novel. He rode with Villa. He was a cowboy. He was a prospector. An actor. Finally a director. And then he discovered John Wayne. He describes the incident in detail as well as the work on The Big Trail, which he renamed THE BIG DRUNK - for all the drinking going on.

    Burt Kennedy.(1997)

    Kennedy’s biography, lots of funny stories.
    From The Rounders to Support Your Local Sheriff to White Hunter, Black Heart, Burt Kennedy's films and screenplays symbolize a two-fisted Hollywood in its prime. He rode with 'em all: Clint, the Duke, the King, the Chairman, and dozens of other living and lost legends. Hollywood Trail Boss is a tribute to a half-century of hard-hitting, comic-action filmmaking the likes of which we haven't seen since. Hear the story from the man himself-and find out who the real legend is.

    A SEIGAL FILM: An Autobiography
    Don Seigal.(1996)

    Don Siegel was one of Hollywood's most controversial directors. Invasion of the Body Snatchers is one of the very few acknowledged science-fiction classics, and 'Dirty Harry' Callahan, with his catchphrase 'Make my day', has become part of our modern consciousness. Siegel's five-film collaboration with Clint Eastwood created a body of work that is distinctive as it is varied and enriched both their reputations.

    This autobiography has all the fun and energy one would expect from Don Siegel. From his first days as an assistant editor in the Warner Brothers cutting rooms, Siegel charts his rich and varied career. This is a wonderful book of reminiscences, told in a lively and vivid style, whose cast of characters includes John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Steve McQueen, Bogart and Bacall and other luminaries of the golden age of the Hollywood studios.

    John Huston.(1994)

    His biography.
    He himself couldn’t figure out quite right what the hell went wrong with Barbarian and the Geisha. An interesting life to read about.

    In An Open Book, this veteran of five marriages, innumerable friendships, practical jokes, horses, love affairs, and intellectual obsessions tells his own story in his own way. It is direct, unadorned, complete—and wonderful reading. Here is Huston on stage for the first time at age three, dressed in an Uncle Sam suit; in the ring at eighteen, boxing for small purses; selling his first short story to H.L. Mencken; down and out in London; acting in Greenwich Village; going to Hollywood to work for Jack Warner as a writer; directing his first picture, The Maltese Falcon; filming dangerous combat scenes in the Aleutians and in Italy; and making over forty years worth of movies, from Key Largo to The Man Who Would Be King. And the stories behind those movies are often as exciting as the movies themselves, featuring such notables as Hemingway, Selznick, Sartre, Hepburn, Monroe, Flynn, Welles, Gable, Bogart, Clift, and Brando. An Open Book is alive with John Huston’s presence: his boldness and daring, his candor and style, and the spontaneity with which he followed his dreams to their ultimate destination, the well-deserved acclaim of a world enchanted by his work.

    John McCarty.(1992)

    One of the leading film directors of this century, John Huston created a legacy of classics - from his early films such as "The African Queen" and "The Treasure of Sierra Madre" to films such as "Prizzi's Honour" and "The Dead". The son of a noted stage and screen actor, Walter Huston, John's breakthrough came when he became recognized for his contributions to six screenplays for Warner Brothers, which included "Jezebel". He went on to make a stunning debut in "A Maltese Falcon", which he directed in 1941. This book includes all of Huston's films, with credits, casts and contemporary reviews, synopses and hundreds of pictures to illustrate the text.

    ESCAPE ARTIST: The Life and Films of John Sturges
    (Wisconsin Studies in Film)
    Glenn Lovell.(2008)

    "There's a nice section devoted to "McQ"".--Gorch

    Escape Artist—based on Glenn Lovell’s extensive interviews with John Sturges, his wife and children, and numerous stars including Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, and Jane Russell—is the first biography of the director of such acclaimed films as The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and Bad Day at Black Rock. Lovell examines Sturges’s childhood in California during the Great Depression; his apprenticeship in the editing department of RKO Pictures, where he worked on such films as Gunga Din and Of Human Bondage; his service in the Army Air Corps in World War II; and his emergence as one of the first independent producer-directors in Hollywood.
    Chronicling the filmmaker’s relationships with such luminaries as Spencer Tracy, James Garner, Yul Brynner, and Frank Sinatra, Escape Artist interweaves biography with critical analyses of Sturges’s hits and misses. Along the way, Lovell addresses the reasons why Sturges has been overlooked in the ongoing discussion of postwar Hollywood and explores the director’s focus on masculinity, machismo, and male-bonding in big-budget, ensemble action films. Lovell also examines Sturges’s aesthetic sensibility, his talent for composing widescreen images, and his uncanny ability to judge raw talent—including that of Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn, all of whom began their careers in Sturges’s movies.
    This long overdue study of a major Hollywood director will find a welcome home in the libraries of film scholars, action movie buffs, and anyone interested in the popular culture of the twentieth century.

    Best Books for Special Interests, selected by the American Association of School Librarians, and Best Books for General Audiences, selected by the Public Library Association

    "Pick up a copy of film critic and scholar Glenn Lovell's terrific new Sturges biography, Escape Artist. . . . I can't urge you enough to check out this interview-rich, aesthetically and culturally perceptive look at the filmmaker and his work."—Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News

    “Lovell’s list of interviewees reads like a who’s who of Hollywood and they obviously provided rich source material for this full-scale biography and career survey.”— Leonard Maltin

    “This long overdue study of a major Hollywood director will find a welcome home in the libraries of film scholars, action movie buffs, and anyone interested in the popular culture of the twentieth century.”—Turner Classic Movies (
    With thanks to Gorch

    ZANUCK: The Rise and Fall of Hollywood's Last Tycoon
    Leonard Mosley.(1985)

    Profiles the genius filmmaker who steered Twentieth Century-Fox to the forefront of Hollywood studios and whose turbulent private life frequently spilled over into his business affairs

    KING VIDOR: American
    Raymond Durgnat/ Scott Simpson.(1992)

    In this provocative study of the films of King Wallis Vidor (1894-1982), a noted French critic and an American filmologist try to clarify the paradoxes and conflicts that comprised Vidor's idyllic and recriminatory love affair with America. A third-generation Texan, who early saw the hand of fate calling him to reform the world, Vidor started directing in 1914, but it was not until his MGM films of the mid-1920s (The Big Parade, The Crowd) that he became a major figure. Durgnat and Simmon analyze his "populist" films of the 1930s (Street Scene, The Champ, Stella Dallas, The Citadel) and those (such as The Fountainhead) in which he criticized the cynicism of a corrupt social order. They regard even his later films (the "unapologetic melodramas" with a "wild flair," such as Duel in the Sun, as well as War and Peace and Solomon and Sheba) as closer to Griffith and Chaplin than to his contemporaries Wellman and Hawks. Filmography, photos.
    Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

    From Library Journal
    The late King Vidor was a top film director, well known for such movies as The Fountainhead , Stella Dallas , and The Champ . In this text, which uses Vidor's films to examine his life and his times, he emerges as a complicated person whose work reflected the conflicting issues and emotions he confronted. The authors generally succeed in getting to the truth underlying these apparent contradictions. Though this study has scholarly overtones more suited to academia, it is a comprehensively researched, well-planned, and well-written work that helps to fill the void of information on this important director. Highly recommended, particularly where interest in film is strong. Arthur Bargar, Milford P.L., Ct.
    Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

    ALLAN DWAN: The Last Pioneer
    Peter. Bogdanovitch.(1971)

    I'm not sure if I believe everything that Dwan told us about the early days. For instance, I've heard people question whether the Motion Picture Patents Company was really all that oppressive, and whether Dwan really had to dodge their gun-toting thugs. But even so, this is an amazing resource. I've supplemented these readings with Birchard's book on filmmaking in Santa Barbara, and the venerable classic, Parade's Gone By, among others. There's a documentary created by Dana Driskel (UC-Santa Barbara) that I haven't seen yet, but understand is quite good, too. If you are interested in silent films, and silent film news, check out the NitrateVille website. (I'm researching VERY early filmmaking in La Mesa, and Dwan was at the heart of it. We're coming up on the 100th anniversary of Dwan's arrival and brief stay in La Mesa).

    NOT SO QUIET ON THE SET: My Life In Movies During Hollywood's Macho Era
    Robert E Relyea (Author), Craig Relyea (Contributor) (2008)

    "An extraordinarily entertaining look inside the film industry ."-Pierce Brosnan, award-winning actor and producer

    A veteran of over fifty years in the film industry, Robert E. Relyea gives a behind-the-scenes, first-person look into Hollywood's moviemaking landscape during the pre- and post-Kennedy years in America.

    Not So Quiet on the Set is Elvis Presley wishing for a normal life during a break in recording the soundtrack for Jailhouse Rock. It's dealing with street gangs and studio politics while making West Side Story. It's trying to stay alive while working side by side with John Wayne on The Alamo. It's crashing an authentic Nazi warplane against a hillside in Germany during The Great Escape. It's getting fired by the studio while filming Bullitt in San Francisco and it's battling runaway budgets and Steve McQueen's demons in France while making Le Mans.

    Not So Quiet on the Set presents rare insights into the mechanics and politics of filmmaking and helps define a dynamic period in Hollywood history. A unique collaboration between father and son, it is a real-life adventure that not only illustrates how the movie industry really works but provides a revealing portrait of Hollywood's loss of innocence.
    With thanks to Gorch

    HOLLYWOOD PROFESSIONALS VOL 1: Michael Curtiz, Raoul Walsh, Henry Hathaway.
    Kingsley Canham.(1973)

    HOLLYWOOD PROFESSIONALS VOL 3: Howard Hawks, Frank Borzage, Edgar G. Ulmer
    John Belton.(1973)

    Edited and updated by ethanedwards

    Please Note:
    The books highlighted in all the book forums,
    are intended as a guide to the many books released.
    However it also worth noting, that there are also many,
    that now, may be out of print.
    The JWMB is unable to keep updating availability
    .So please check with the numerous online booksellers

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  • Hi Kieth

    Here's a couple more for you to add

    Howard Hawks American Artist a BFI production by Jim Hellier & Peter Wallen

    The Complete films of John Huston by John Mccarty Citadel Press Syracusse New Jersey

    King Vidor American by Raymond Durgnat & Scott Simpson UCL Press 1988

    Zanuck - The Rise and fall of Hollywoods Last Tycoon by Leonard Mosely
    Granada Publishing 1984

    Allan Dwan- The Last Pioneer by Peter Bogdanovitch 1971
    Movie Magazine limited Produced by November Books Limited

    And finally:-

    Volumes 1 & 3 of the Hollywood Professionals by Kingsley Canham published by the Tantivy Press London A.S.Barnes & Co New York

    Vol 1 deals with Michael Curtiz
    Raoul Walsh
    Henry Hathaway

    Vol 3 Covers Howard Hawks

    Hope this helps



    Walk Tall - Talk Low

  • Hi Keith

    You're right it is beginning to look very impressive and to use a dreadful American word very insightful.

    If everyone looks into their collections and add to your list we will have one of the best collections of authoritive works on directors going.

    Once again keep up the good work and I will certainly help whenever I can



    Walk Tall - Talk Low

  • "Escape Artist", The Life and Films of John Sturges written by Glenn Lovell, Wisconsin Film Studies, 2008.

    There's a nice section devoted to "McQ".

    Also, fudging on the topic a bit, there's a fantastic book by one of Duke's Assistant Directors on "The Alamo". "Not so Quiet on the Set", My Life in Movies During Hollywood's Macho Era written by Robert E. Relyea, iUniverse, Inc., 2008.

    Relyea's tour of duty on "The Alamo" is a highlight, but I understand that this really doesn't fit the criteria of this topic.

    We deal in lead, friend.

  • Thanks Gorch, I have included both of them
    Some good information on them as well.

    Best Wishes
    London- England