Corvette K225

Randolph Scott gets all up in Ella Raines’ face in a publicity still for Corvette K225 (1943)

Corvette K225

The back of this 1943 publicity still reads

A TRIO OF JOLLY TARS

The fact that Universal’s “Corvette K225” is a grim picture of the heroic work being done by the Canadian Navy in convoy duty in the North Atlantic didn’t prevent members of the cast indulging in a little off-stage fun. Here three performers in the Howard Hawks epic, Fuzzy Knight, Ella Raines, and Barry Fitzgerald, present their version of the sailor’s hornpipe. Miss Raines is known as the B-H girl because she is the sole asset of a million dollar corporation formed by Charles Boyer and Howard Hawks to further her career.

Corvette K225

The back of this publicity still reads

E.R.P.44                  ‘CORVETTES IN ACTION’                  UNIVERSAL

There’s nothing more invigorating than a frolic in Southern California’s snowclad mountains away from the camera chores in filmdom.  Ella Raines, recent graduate from University of Washington, who is making her screen debut in Howard Hawks’ “Corvettes in Action,” at Universal Studios, is shown at a ski outing.

The name was changed to Corvette K-225 upon release.

Corvette K225

Howard Hawks’ discovery Ella Raines in a publicity still from the start of her career around the time she made her film debut in Hawks’ production of Corvette K225 (1943)

Corvette K225

The back of this publicity still reads

From: Universal Studios,

Universal City, Calif.

Ella Raines, the co-ed from the University of Washington who hit the top of the movie ladder with her first picture assignment in Howard Hawks’ production of Corvette K225 for Universal, broke a number of Hollywood male hearts by revealing recently her secret marriage to Captain Kenneth Trout of the Army Air Forces. The two had been childhood sweethearts in Snoqualmio, Washington.

Corvette K225

The back of this publicity still for Corvette K225 (1943) reads

E.H.P.-13 ‘CORVETTES IN ACTION’ UNIVERSAL

A typical outdoor girl, Ella Raines co-star of Howard Hawks’ “Corvettes in Action” at Universal, is equally at ease on the farm or in cafe society. The corvette saga tells a factual story of the Royal Canadian Navy in the North Atlantic.

Corvette K225

Ella Raines and Randolph Scott in a screencap from Corvette K225 (1943)

Corvette K225

The back of this 1943 publicity still reads

Universal Studios

Universal City, Calif.

This nautical star in the making, Ella Raines, is one girl among 65 men, all featured in Howard Hawks’ “Corvette K225” saga of the Canadian Navy at Universal Studios. Randolph Scott and James Brown co-star with Ella. Andy Devine, Fuzzy Knight, and Barry Fitzgerald have top roles.

Corvette K225

Ella Raines gets a visit from the makeup department behind the scenes of Corvette K225 (1943).

Corvette K225

Ek

Howard Hawks’ discovery Ella Raines made her film debut opposite Randolph Scott in Corvette K225 (1943). She was secondary to the World War II heroics. She made a bigger and better impression in Preston Sturgess’ comedy Hail the Conquering Hero and the films noir The Web and Phantom Lady.

Corvette K225

23 years before Robert Mitchum made El Dorado with John Wayne and Howard Hawks, he was one of the crew members on the Corvette K225 (1943), though he’s not pictured here.

Corvette K225

Corvette K225 (1943) screencap, produced by Howard Hawks, whose first war time flag waver was Sergeant York (1941).

Corvette K225

Randolph Scott in a screencap from Corvette K225 (1943). It’s never been released to home video in any format. I have a videocassette copy taken from cable, with the commercials edited out. My guess is that its from TCM, as there are no logos in the film. It’s a middling entertainment. Hawks never made a bad action scene,

Corvette K225

British quad poster for Corvette K225 (1943)

Corvette K225

James Brown as Lt Paul Cartwright in a publicity still for Corvette K225 (1943)