Howard Hawks’ early career

Howard Hawks took credit for signing Norma Shearer for Empty Hands (1924) despite objections from studio boss Jesse Lasky who found her unattractive.  After seeing the finished product Jesse wanted her to sign a long term contract but she’d already moved on to MGM where she stayed through the 30s.  Howard married Norma’s sister Athole in 1928, divorcing her in 1940.

Howard Hawks’ early career

Publicity still for Dawn of a Tomorrow (1924) with Jacqueline Logan between a rich guy and a poor guy

Howard Hawks’ early career

While at Paramount in 1924, Howard Hawks worked on four films with mentor Victor Fleming including Empty Hands

Howard Hawks’ early career

original lobby cards for Empty Hands (1924).  The film was directed by Victor Fleming, who became a mentor for Howard Hawks.  Vic had already directed a dozen films since 1919.

Howard Hawks’ early career

Jack Holt and Norma Shearer in a publicity still for Empty Hands (1924).  Jack was born in New York City and had 191 acting credits in his career, from an uncredited bit in 1914, through 1951, mostly in low budget westerns.  His entry among the best 1,001 is They Were Expendable by John Ford.

Howard Hawks’ early career

a barefoot Norma Shearer with Jack Holt in a publicity still for Empty Hands (1924).  The story concerns a father who takes his precocious daughter away from her friends, and loses her to the wilderness.

Howard Hawks’ early career

Norma Shearer and Gertrude Olmstead in Empty Hands (1924).

Howard Hawks’ early career

Empty Hands premiered Aug 17, 1924

Howard Hawks’ early career

flyer for The Dawn of a Tomorrow (1924).  The story of the “original glad girl” was first made in 1915 with Mary Pickford, who was not known for being a “glad girl.”

Howard Hawks’ early career

Publicity still for Dawn of a Tomorrow (1924) with Jacqueline Logan and Raymond Griffith

Howard Hawks’ early career

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original lobby card for Tiger Love (1924)

Howard Hawks’ early career

original lobby card for Tiger Love (1924)

Howard Hawks’ early career

Publicity still for Dawn of a Tomorrow (1924) with Jacqueline Logan and Raymond Griffith as “the dandy”  It was first filmed in 1915 with Mary Pickford.

Howard Hawks’ early career

Publicity still for Dawn of a New Tomorrow with Raymond Griffith, Jacqueline Logan and David Torrence (1924).  The film was directed by George Melford, who would also direct the next film with Howard Hawks as production editor, Tiger Love (1924).

Howard Hawks’ early career

Estelle Taylor as Marceta and Antonio Moreno as “The Wildcat” in Tiger Love (1924).

Estelle was born in Wilmington, Delaware and had 46 acting credits in her career, from 1919 to 1945.  Her most notable film was 1931 best picture winner,  Cimarron.

Antonio was born in Madrid, Spain, was a Latin lover in the Rudolph Valentino mold, and had 151 acting credits in his career, from a 1912 short to a 1969 appearance on Spanish tv.  In the sound era, most of his films were made in Spain, with occasional Hollywood titles.  His films among the best 1,001 are Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious (an uncredited bit) and The Searchers for John Ford.  He was also in Creature from the Black Lagoon.