In Hawks’ “To Have and Have Not” (1944), Lauren Bacall tells Bogie; "If you want anything, just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”
The Hawksian woman not only spoke her mind, she kept up with (if she wasn’t running circles around) her male co-stars’ witty banter as well as supported herself, both financially and emotionally, if need me.
Hawk went on to feature this character type in so many of his films, that in 1971 film critic Naomi Wise attributed the archetype to him, coining the phrase “Hawksian Woman”. Wise explored how, for many years, Hollywood portrayed movie heroines in two ways: the sexless, and the sex object. In Hawks’ movies the good and bad-girl were fused into a single heroine, both “sexual and valuable”.
|Grant & Arthur in Only Angels Have Wings|
|Cary Grant & Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday|
|Elsa Martinelli in Hatari!|
|Ann Dvorak from Scarface|
|Katharine Hepburn from Bringing up Baby|
|Joanne Dru in Red River|
|Bogie and |
Bacall in The Big Sleep