Youngblood Hawke (film)

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Youngblood Hawke
Directed by Delmer Daves
Produced by Delmer Daves
Written by Herman Wouk
Delmer Daves
Based on Youngblood Hawke (1962 novel)
by Herman Wouk
Starring James Franciscus
Suzanne Pleshette
Geneviève Page
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Charles Lawton, Jr.
Edited by Sam O'Steen
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • November 4, 1964 (1964-11-04)
Running time
137 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Youngblood Hawke is a 1964 drama film directed by Delmer Daves, starring James Franciscus and Suzanne Pleshette. Herman Wouk's novel was loosely based on the life of Thomas Wolfe. This was Mary Astor's next-to-last picture.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

Based on the 1962 novel of the same name, Youngblood Hawke is about a Kentucky truck driver, (James Franciscus), who moves to New York City with dreams of becoming a hot-shot writer. Almost immediately he meets editor Jeanne Green, (Suzanne Pleshette). She sees great promise in Hawke's writing and falls for the handsome Kentuckian while helping him put together his first book deal. His first novel is moderately successful, but is soon transformed into a Broadway play by a has-been stage actress. Jeanne discovers that Youngblood has an effect on a great many women, so she takes a new job at a new publishing company. Soon after, Hawke's second novel is heralded and he becomes the toast of the town. He then has an affair with a married socialite. His third novel bombs and is also panned by critics. Hawke's financial state declines and he has to move back to Kentucky. While in Kentucky working on his next book, he contracts pneumonia just before realizing that Jeanne was his true ideal woman.



The lead role was originally offered to Warren Beatty who demanded a fee of $200,000 plus script and cast approval. George Peppard, Stuart Whitman and Terence Stamp were also discussed.[3]

Daves' first draft was written in six weeks and came to 140 pages in small print and would have run for six to seven hours. It focused on Hawke's beginnings as a truck driver and ended with his near-death in an accident. He then cut the script down after looking at various locations. Warren Beatty was cast then left the project due to creative differences. James Franciscus was cast without even a screen test.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Youngblood Hawke (1964) - Articles -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "Youngblood Hawke (1964)". Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  3. ^ Warren Beatty May Lose 'Hawke' Role: Actor's Demands Revealed; Poitier Will Do 'Long Ships' Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 8 March 1963: C10
  4. ^ [1][dead link]

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