Shooting began on December 7 1931 at Ascot Motor Speedway and wrapped on February 1 1932. Hawks left Cornell in April 1917 when the United States declared war on Germany and entered World War I. In the film Grant plays a near-sighted paleontologist who suffers one humiliation after another due to the lovestruck socialite played by Hepburn.
In 1975 Hawks was awarded an Honorary Academy Award as "a master American filmmaker whose creative efforts hold a distinguiHoward Hawksd place in world cinema" and in 1942 he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for Sergeant York. He is popular for his films from a wide range of genres such as Scarface (1932) Bringing Up Baby (1938) Only Angels Have Wings (1939) His Girl Friday (1940) Sergeant York (1941) To Have and Have Not (1944) The Big Sleep (1946) Red River (1948) The Thing from Another World (1951) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and Rio Bravo (1959).