Corvette K225

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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Corvette K225

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.

Corvette K225

Corvette K225 is Howard Hawks’ 29th film.

Corvette K225 premiered Sep 29, 1943.

Corvette K225

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

Corvette K225

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.

Corvette K225

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.

Corvette K225

Randolph Scott as Lt. Commander MacClain of the Royal Canadian Navy in a publicity still for Corvette K225 (1943)

Corvette K225

Howard Hawks’ discovery Ella Raines in a publicity still for Corvette K225 (1943).  She didn’t have much of an opportunity to be showcased in the film.  She made more of an impression in a couple of film noirs of the late 40s, The Web and Phantom Lady, the prison drama Brute Force with Burt Lancaster, and in the Preston Sturges comedy Hail the Conquering Hero.

Corvette K225

Noah Beery Jr and Fuzzy Knight in a publicity still for Corvette K225 (1944)

Corvette K225

Barry Fitzgerald, Randolph Scott and James Brown on board Corvette K225 (1943) a Canadian World War II vessel.