The Air Circus

publicity still for The Air Circus (1928), a lost Howard Hawks silent film, and his first in the world of aviation.  His sound aviation films are The Dawn Patrol, Ceiling Zero, Only Angels Have Wings and Air Force.

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The Air Circus

Sue Carol and David Rollins in The Air Circus (1928), Howard Hawks’ first film set in the world of aviation. Here they are stunt flyers.

Sue Carol and David Rollins are recent flight school graduates who become stunt pilots in The Air Circus (1928)

The Air Circus

the flight students learn an unusual lesson in flight school in The Air Circus (1928). a lost silent Howard Hawks that looks to be his most ambitious silent film.

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looks like an accident during flight school in The Air Circus (1928), a lost Howard Hawks silent film.

The Air Circus

The Air Circus (1928). a lost Howard Hawks silent film.

David Rollins, Sue Carol and Arthur Lake in The Air Circus (1928).  Sue was the best example of a Hawksian woman in a silent film, being just as good as any man in a man’s profession.  It’s a shame the film is lost.

The Air Circus

David Rollins and Arthur Lake with Charles Delaney and his model airplane in a publicity still for The Air Circus (1928), a lost Howard Hawks silent film.  Charles was born in New York City and had 100 acting credits from a 1913 short, then a 1922 feature, through 1960.  His only recognizable title is Friendly Persuasion, in which he was an uncredited drinker.

The Air Circus

That’s either David Rollins or Arthur Lake planting a kiss on Sue Carol in a publicity still for The Air Circus (1928). a lost Howard Hawks silent film.

The Air Circus

publicity still for The Air Circus (1928) a lost Howard Hawks silent film.

The Air Circus

David Rollins and Arthur Lake sport knickers with Heinie Conklin and Sue Carol in a publicity still for The Air Circus (1928).  Louise Dresser is top billed, but appears in only one of the numerous surviving stills.

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Heinie Conklin and David Rollins in a publicity still for The Air Circus (1928).  Heinie was born in San Francisco and had an astounding 459 acting credits in his career, from a 1915 short to a 1959 episode of Gunsmoke.  Highlights of his career include The Gold Rush (uncredited prospector), All Quiet on the  Western Front (uncredited), Baby Face (uncredited), The Bowery (uncredited), Barbary Coast (uncredited), Come and Get It (uncredited), One Hundred Men and a Girl (uncredited), The Westerner (uncredited), I Wake Up Screaming (uncredited), The Pride of the Yankees (uncredited wallpaper hanger), The Best Years of Our Lives (uncredited customer), Broken Arrow (uncredited townsman), Monkey Business (uncredited house painter), Pickup on South Street (uncredited subway passenger), A Star is Born (uncredited), and Love Me Tender (uncredited train passenger).  In fact, Air Force is the only film of note where he is actually credited.

The Air Circus

Arthur Lake and Sue Carol share a phosphate in The Air Circus (1928), a lost Howard Hawks silent film.

The Air Circus

flight school trainees in The Air Circus (1928), a lost Howard Hawks silent film.  By the looks of the surviving publicity stills and posters, this was perhaps Hawks’ most ambitious and entertaining silent film.

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The Air Circus is Howard Hawks’ seventh film.

The Air Circus premiered Sep 30, 1928

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The Air Circus (1928).  Howard Hawks said it was a good picture.  “It was about two kids learning to fly, and when they took off and flew in the picture: they actually soloed.”

The Air Circus

looks to be a near miss in flight school in The Air Circus (1928)