LAND OF THE PHARAOHS
1955, Warner Bros., 144 min, USA, Dir: Howard Hawks

This truly phenomenal CinemaScope fantasia of ancient Egypt features pharaoh Jack Hawkins, who is obsessed with building an eternal monument to his glory, while nympho wife Joan Collins (at her slinky, scheming best) tries to orchestrate his murder. Stunning technical credits all around, with a script co-written by William Faulkner (!), and sumptuous art direction by the legendary Alexander Trauner. "When I first saw it as a kid, LAND OF THE PHAROAHS became my favorite film." - Martin Scorsese


THE BIG SLEEP
1946, Warner Bros., 114 min, USA, Dir: Howard Hawks

The second of the Bacall-Bogart-Hawks collaborations turns Raymond Chandler’s acidic novel into a surprisingly exuberant piece of escapist entertainment. Packed with quotable lines (courtesy not only of Chandler but screenwriters William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett and Jules Furthman) and colorful supporting players (including Dorothy Malone and Elisha Cook Jr.), it’s both an elaborately plotted detective story and a breezy (and hilarious) romantic comedy. Bogart is sardonic private eye Philip Marlowe and Bacall is the fast, funny and very sexy daughter of his wealthy and mysterious client.


BRINGING UP BABY
1938, Warner Bros., 102 min, USA, Dir: Howard Hawks

Perhaps the greatest and most influential screwball comedy of all time, with Katharine Hepburn letting her hair down as a madcap heiress and Cary Grant putting his up as the absent-minded zoologist she’s decided she’s in love with. It just doesn’t get any funnier - or more frantic - than this. With Charlie Ruggles, Barry Fitzgerald, May Robson, Walter Catlett, Fritz Feld and screwball mascot Asta as George the dog.


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