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Happy Birthday, Howie!

October 28, 2015 — Leave a comment

howard-klausnerHappy Birthday, Howie Klausner. Howie is a prolific screenwriter, producer and recently directed a feature starring Kevin Sorbo and Amy Grant. Howie’s big break was having his script, SPACE COWBOYS, picked up by Clint Eastwood. How would you like for your first movie to star Clint Eastwood, James Garner, Tommy Lee Jones and Donald Sutherland? Yeah — big time, fun stuff.

Howie wrote the screenplay for THE LAST RIDE. Our whole team loved working with Howie on that project. I remember clearly the day I read the script years before we went into production. I was taken with the game-changing idea of getting a sense of a man’s whole life by just hanging out with him for the last three days of his life. In this case, the man was Hank Williams. I keep thinking about the big studio biopic of Hank Williams coming out next month. I wanted our studio to re-release our movie at the same time with a new title: SPOILER ALERT.

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Maureen O’Hara as Mary Kate in John Ford’s THE QUIET MAN

 

Timeless is the first word that comes to my mind when I see this picture. Maureen O’Hara was probably 31, 32 at the oldest, when she played Mary Kate opposite John Wayne in John Ford’s THE QUIET MAN. That was over sixty years ago. Her beauty is a given. What strikes me most about this picture is its timeless quality. The image is instantly recognizable to fans of the film and others knowledgable of Old Hollywood. But one could probably convince someone not as familiar with Maureen O’Hara that this is a recent photo taken of a super model during a fall fashion photo shoot.

Maureen O’Hara is — not was, but is — one for the ages. She’s left us here but her image, her voice, her strength, her dignity, an her talent, will delight movie fans as long the art form exists.