Howard Hawks’ early career

foreign poster for Bob Hampton of Placer (1921).  Howard Hawks provided some financial backing, and also was second unit director for the film’s recreation of Little Big Horn.  Hawks was unsuccessful filming the scene at the original site and in Arizona.   He at last tried filming the scene in southern California from a blimp.  The film went way over budget and lead to a lawsuit by Hawks on director Marshall Neilan, and fellow producer in Associated Producers for non-payment of a Hawks loan to Neilan of almost $100,000.  They settled out of court and went on to make five more films for Associated Producers.

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