|Directed by||Delmer Daves|
|Produced by||Delmer Daves|
|Written by||Delmer Daves|
|Based on||Youngblood Hawke (1962 novel)|
by Herman Wouk
|Music by||Max Steiner|
|Cinematography||Charles Lawton Jr.|
|Edited by||Sam O'Steen|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
Youngblood Hawke is a 1964 drama film directed by Delmer Daves and starring James Franciscus, Suzanne Pleshette, and Geneviève Page. Herman Wouk's novel was loosely based on the life of Thomas Wolfe, as written in the 1962 novel of the same name.
Youngblood Hawke is a Kentucky truck driver who moves to New York City with dreams of becoming a hot-shot writer. Almost immediately he meets editor Jeanne Green. 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.
- James Franciscus as Youngblood Hawke
- Suzanne Pleshette as Jeanne Green
- Geneviève Page as Frieda Winter
- Eva Gabor as Fannie Prince
- Mary Astor as Irene Perry
- Lee Bowman as Jason Prince
- Edward Andrews as Quentin Judd
- Don Porter as Ferdie Lax
- Mildred Dunnock as Mrs. Sarah Hawke
- Kent Smith as Paul Winter Sr.
- John Dehner as Scotty Hawke
- John Emery as Georges Feydal
- Mark Miller as Ross Hodge
- Hayden Rorke as Mr. Givney
- Werner Klemperer as Mr. Leffer
- Mary Lawrence (actress) as Mrs. Givney (uncredited cameo)
- Martin Balsam as himself (uncredited cameo)
- Pat Cardi as Paul Winter Jr.
In September 1962, Warner Bros announced that Delmer Daves would write, produce and direct a feature film based on the novel. Daves had previously made A Summer Place, Parrish, Susan Slade and Rome Adventure for the studio, all of which had starred Troy Donahue.
Daves spent time deciding which part of the novel he wanted to film. He decided to start with Hawke's rise while driving a truck and end with his recovery in hospital from a near death. The original script took six weeks to write. It was 140 pages in fine print which would have run six to seven hours. He then cut the script down after looking at various locations.
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. James Franciscus was cast without even a screen test. (Daves saw him in The Outsider and the pilot for Mr Novak.) He signed in March 1963.
The female lead went to Suzanne Pleshette who made Rome Adventure with Daves.
- "Youngblood Hawke (1964) - Articles - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
- MOVIE TO BE MADE BY PUBLICITY FIRM: Arthur Jacobs Plans to Use Own Stars for 'Louisa' By EUGENE ARCHER. New York Times 4 Sep 1962: 39.
- 'Hawke's' Adapter Eyes the Director: He's Same Fellow, Daves; Comic Berman Gets Serious Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 7 May 1963: D16.
- Warren Beatty May Lose 'Hawke' Role: Actor's Demands Revealed; Poitier Will Do 'Long Ships' Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times 8 March 1963: C10
- TV's Mr. Novak Takes Film Role Mariet, Monique. Chicago Tribune 22 Nov 1964: n13.
- Warner's Signs Franciscus New York Times 28 Mar 1963: 8.
- 'TWO FOR TEXAS' PLANNED AS FILM: Big-Scale Western to Star Sinatra and Martin By BOSLEY CROWTHER. New York Times 1 Apr 1963: 50.
- HOLLYWOOD'S LITERARY SET By MURRAY SCHUMACH. New York Times 19 May 1963: X7