The Air Circus

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

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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.

The Air Circus

The Air Circus is Howard Hawks’ seventh film.

The Air Circus premiered Sep 30, 1928

The Air Circus

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.”

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

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Aviatrix Sue Carol is surrounded by pilots in training in The Air Circus (1928)

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David Rollins as Buddy Blake is comforted by his mother Louise Dresser in The Air Circus (1928).  Louise is top billed in the credits, but seems to be only a minor character as the story and the action revolve around flight school.

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Arthur Lake as Speed Doolittle and Sue Carol as Sue Manning in a publicity still for The Air Circus (1928).  Arthur began his career in show business as a circus acrobat with his parents, and had 165 acting credits in his career, dating back to a 1917 version of Jack and the Beanstalk, through 26 episodes of Blondie in 1957 as Blondie’s hapless husband Dagwood Bumstead.  He appeared in 25 Blondie feature films from 1938 to 1950.

Sue Carol had 26 acting credits in her career from 1927 to 1937 and was married to Alan Ladd from 1942 until his death in 1964.

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The Air Circus (1928) was made during the transition from silent films to sound, so some parts had sound.  Howard Hawks’ co-director Lew Seiler had 90 directing credits from 1923 to 1958.  None of his other credits rise above the ordinary.

Hawks said Seiler was hired as dialogue director for the talking parts.  “Seiler was a director who did anything the studio wanted him to do.  And you have never known such bad dialogue.  Nobody talks like that.”

The Air Circus

The Air Circus (1928) was the first of five films Howard Hawks made in the world of aviation.