The Air Circus

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Sue Carol and Arthur Lake in a publicity still for The Air Circus (1928), Howard Hawks’ seventh of eight silent films, and from surviving posters and stills, his most ambitious silent work.  Not even a brief clip exists from the lost film.

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David Rollins and Arthur Lake in a publicity still for The Air Circus (1928)

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foreign poster for The Air Circus (1928).  Maybe one day a foreign copy will be discovered of this lost Howard Hawks silent film.

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Lew Seiler was responsible for the dialogue in The Air Circus (1928).  Howard Hawks had nothing positive to say about Lew’s involvement in the film.  Based on the surviving still images of the lost film, it’s bewildering how singing and dancing was integrated into the film.

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behind the scenes of The Air Circus (1928).  It’s assumed that’s Howard Hawks on the right.

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Sue Carol and Arthur Lake in publicity stills for The Air Circus (1928)

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original lobby card (1928)

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David Rollins is a student pilot with a toy airplane in a publicity still for The Air Circus (1928).

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Publicity still for The Air Circus (1928).

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lobby card for The Air Circus (1928), Howard Hawks’ sixth of seven silent films at 20th Century Fox.  A 1938 fire at the studio destroyed many of their silent films.  There are not even any surviving clips from the film.

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One can only guess that Arthur Lake is faking an injury for the attention of Sue Carol in The Air Circus (1928) as did Red Buttons in Hatari  (1962) with Elsa Martinelli.

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Howard Hawks revisits the love triangle in The Air Circus (1928) he first explored in A Girl in Every Port earlier in the year.

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Howard Hawks’ The Air Circus (1928) takes place in an aviation school and features a Hawksian woman who seems to fit in well with all the men.

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Unfortunately, Howard Hawks’ The Air Circus (1928) is lost, as the posters and publicity stills seem to indicate it was his most ambitious silent film.

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lobby card for The Air Circus (1928), the first of numerous Howard Hawks films set in the world of aviation.