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on board the Canadian wartime vessel Corvette K225 (1943).

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preparing a body for burial at sea in a scene from Corvette K225 (1943).

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Ella Raines and Randolph Scott are on opposite sides of the kitchen in a scene from Corvette K225 (1943), before the naval vessel takes off for action in World War II.

 

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the Canadian Navy at the controls of Corvette K225 (1943)

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Howard Hawks discovery Ella Raines with Randolph Scott in a publicity still for Corvette K225 (1943).  Ella was not part of the work team, as many Hawksian women were, and was more of an unnecessary bystander.

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Howard Hawks produced two movies he did not direct, Corvette K225 (1943) and The Thing (1950).  While Hawks was generous in giving Christian Nyby credit for The Thing, as it has a strong Hawksian quality, Richard Rosson appears to have had a stronger input into the direction of Corvette K225.  Both films deal with a male work team in a dangerous situation, a common Hawks theme.

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Randolph Scott, Ella Raines and James Brown are the Hawksian triangle of Corvette K225 (1943).

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Corvette K225 is the third film associated with Howard Hawks to be released in 1943.  In early Febuary, just two days apart, Air Force and The Outlaw had their premieres.  The Outlaw was released only in San Francisco and quickly withdrawn.

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Corvette K225 (1943) was filmed in Halifax, Nova Scotia and at Universal Studios in Hollywood.

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

1250-183AD         “CORVETTES IN ACTION”          UNIVERSAL

Romantic interest of Howard Hawks’ “Corvettes in Action,” saga of the Royal Canadian Navy, is presented by Randolph Scott and Ella Raines who are co-starred in the picture at Universal.  A powerful story of love and devotion accompanies the account of the perilous life of the corvette seamen.  Miss Raines makes her screen debut in the picture which tells besides the love of a lass for a man in the navy, of the experiences of the men who dare the hazards of protecting United Nation convoys against Nazi subs.

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Randolph Scott, Ella Raines and James Brown in a typical love triangle from Corvette K225 (1943) although this time the romance is focused on Randolph and Ella.

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Corvette K225 is Howard Hawks’ 29th film.

Corvette K225 premiered Sep 29, 1943.

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Ella Raines and Noah Beery Jr on the set of Corvette K225 (1943)

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Ella Raines is surrounded by the Canadian Navy in a publicity still for Corvette K225 (1943). their contemporaneous story during World War II.  That’s Barry Fitzgerald on the far right doing his best Popeye the Sailor impression.  All that’s missing is his can of spinach.

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Randolph Scott, Ella Raines and James Brown in a publicity still for Corvette K225 (1943).  As producer, Howard Hawks gave director’s credit to Richard Rosson.  He did the same thing for Christian Nyby on The Thing.