Nov 15, 2021 Uncategorized




“Say, things happen awful fast around here”

-Bonnie Lee at 40 minutes in


-The professional male group (to be revisited in Hawks’s westerns)

            Assimilation into the group by female and male (first Bonnie, then Bat, as well as Judy)

-Pairings in flight as commentary on the group (Kid & Bat; Geoff & Les)

-Various genres within the aviator genre (musical/comedy/”romcom”/”bromance” etc.)

-Coping mechanisms in facing death


-Constant moving/talking along with consistent action sequences (“Anyone can stand still and talk”) as accounting for Bonnie Lee’s observation above.

-Overlapping dialogue revisited

-The four-shot and generally cluttered frames at Dutchy’s, often with backgrounded characters commenting on the foregrounded character relationships, and vice versa.  (Think backgrounded Bonnie as Geoff greets Judy in foreground)  These ‘outliers’ hence comment on “the group.”

-The important narrative commentary provided by repeated actions/consistency of characters

Geoff’s perpetual seeking out of a match

Geoff’s rubbing of Dutchy’s head

“I’d never ask anything of a woman”

the double-headed coin

the deceased’s effects

twirling the propellor on the model plane on Geoff’s desk (both Bat and Judy)


Please read the reading which I uploaded. The scanned document. And citated from the article. When you citate, please use quotation.

Reading:  Belton’s “Hawks and Co.” Pp. 94-108

Reading: Wood’s “Self-Respect and Responsibility” Pp. 17-35


*MAKE CERTAIN TO SIGNIFICANTLY CITE SOURCES, with extra credit consideration a distinct probability for citations from significant other readings.  Lack of, or scant citations, will result in a far poorer grade, regardless of your writing proficiency.

Include a cover sheet containing an essay title, your name, course number and date.

Number your pages (bottom center preferred).

Make certain to avoid the following pitfalls:

1.    Do not write plot summaries.  (Elements of the story or the plot of a film should be used as specifically brief details to explain or discuss the ideas of the film, and its relation/significance to our course topics.) 

2.    Avoid vague and unnecessary evaluative terms like “beautiful photography,” “superb acting,” or “tight direction.” 

3.    Always support general arguments with specific film examples described as accurately as possible.  

4.    Use the characters’ names–not the actors’–when discussing the film but give the actor’s name in parentheses on first use. 

5.    Underline or italicize film titles. Do not place them “in quotes.”

6.    DO NOT indulge in loose and careless use of terms like symbolism or foreshadowing; indeed, you would probably be better off avoiding them altogether.  So too, DO NOT use the phrases “throughout the film…” or “…gives the feeling of…,” for they invariably get absurdly repetitive.  Do not refer to the viewer or audience or use expressions like “we see” or “you hear” as these also become woefully, nauseatingly repetitious.

7.    Do not describe the film using first person (I/we) or second person (you) pronouns.  Comments like “we see Baby and Johnny together for the first time . . .” would be better written as “Baby and Johnny are together for the first time . . ..”

8.    Do not mix your tenses and always keep your verbiage in the present tense! (i.e., “The character IS / DOES / HAS” rather than was, did and had.)

9.    Properly, indeed meticulously, PROOF & EDIT your work before submitting.  Grades drop precipitously with each instance of poorly proofed errors.

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