GenreDrama Story byHerman Wouk CountryUnited States
Release dateNovember 4, 1964 (1964-11-04) Based onYoungblood Hawke (1962 novel)
by Herman Wouk WriterDelmer Daves, Herman Wouk CastJames Franciscus (Youngblood Hawke), Suzanne Pleshette (Jeanne Green), Geneviève Page (Frieda Winter), Eva Gabor (Fannie Prince), Mary Astor (Irene Perry), Lee Bowman (Jason Prince) Similar moviesMax Steiner composed the music for Youngblood Hawke and Marjorie Morningstar
TaglineHe was young and crude, some kind of country-boy joke, but a woman could feel him across a room.
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Sick of his job driving a truck in Kentucky, the ambitious Youngblood Hawke (James Franciscus) ventures to New York City to make it as a novelist. There he meets Jeanne Green (Suzanne Pleshette), an editor who falls in love with him as she helps launch his career. His first novel gets a moderate reception, but his second becomes a sensation. Hawke navigates his way through New Yorks vicious literary circles and ignores Jeanne for more fashionable company, which sets him on the path to tragedy.
Youngblood Hawke is a 1964 Drama directed by Delmer Daves, starring James Franciscus and Suzanne Pleshette. Herman Wouks novel was loosely based on the life of Thomas Wolfe. This was Mary Astors next-to-last picture.
An unknown Kentucky writer (James Franciscus) comes to New York and pursues fame and women (Suzanne Pleshette, Genevieve Page).
Based on the 1962 novel of the same name, Youngblood Hawke is about a Kentucky truck driver, (James Franciscus), who moves to New York City with dreams of becoming a hot-shot writer. Almost immediately he meets editor Jeanne Green, (Suzanne Pleshette). She sees great promise in Hawkes 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, Hawkes 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. Hawkes 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.
Max Steiner composed the music for Youngblood Hawke and Marjorie Morningstar. Max Steiner composed the music for Youngblood Hawke and The Caine Mutiny. Delmer Daves directed Youngblood Hawke and Parrish. Suzanne Pleshette appears in Youngblood Hawke and A Rage to Live. Max Steiner composed the music for Youngblood Hawke and Little Women.
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.