1932. USA. Howard Hawks. 93 min.
Friday, December 14, 2007, 6:30 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1932. USA. Directed by Howard Hawks. Screenplay by Ben Hecht, based on the novel by Armitage Trail (Maurice Coons). With Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Osgood Perkins. Hecht's professional collaborations with Hawks, both credited and uncredited, began with Underworld (1927) and ended with Monkey Business (1952). Having won his first Academy Award for Underworld, Hecht used his heft in Hollywood to convince producer Howard Hughes to hire Hawks to helm this story of Tony "Scarface" Camonte and his rise in the Chicago underworld. "[Ben] was so good because you could talk to him...[and he] had an eye for it, if you told him something he could go write it...so it sounded good to someone else. He spoiled you for other people to work with" (Hawks). 93 min.