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screencap from Fazil (1926)

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Charles Farrell and Greta Nissen in Fazil (1927), Howard Hawks’ only romance, without any comedy or adventure.

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Howard Hawks was unhappy with Charles Farrell as an exotic leading man in Fazil (1928).  His only other displeasing leading man was Danny Kaye in A Song is Born.

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unnamed extra in a screencap from Fazil (1928).  All of Howard Hawks eight silent films at 20th Century Fox are either lost or surviving in shabby prints and in desperate need of restorations, as they did with the silent films of John Ford and FW Murnau.

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Unnamed extra in a publicity still for Fazil (1928) set somewhere in Arabia.

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Arabian prince Charles Farrell tries to adapt to western ways in a screencap from Fazil (1928).

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Howard Hawks with Charles Farrell in costume from Fazil (1928) with conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton.  They lived to be 60.

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window card for Fazil (1928).

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 Charles Farrell and Greta Nissen in Fazil (1928) a Howard Hawks romance enhanced with strong production values and exotic costumes.

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Charles Farrell as Prince Fazil and Greta Nissen as Fabienne in a publicity still for Fazil (1928).  Charles was born in Onset Bay, Massachusetts and had 53 acting credits from an uncredited bit in 1923 to 126 episodes of My Little Margie (1952-55) and six episodes of The Charles Farrell Show in 1956.  Charles also starred opposite Janet Gaynor in 12 screen romances 1927-34.

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John Boles and Charles Farrell in Fazil (1928).

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Charles Farrell is unconvincing in high socks and a turban as Prince Fazil in Fazil (1928).

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Charles Farrell and Greta Nissen in a publicity still for Fazil (1928), a Howard Hawks silent film surviving only as a bootleg.  None of his eight silent films for 20th Century Fox have seen a proper home video release, all sadly in need of restorations.

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Charles Farrell and Greta Nissen in Fazil (1928).  Greta was born in Oslo, Norway and had 32 acting credits, from a 1923 Danish feature to 1937.  None of her other credits are worth mentioning.

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Charles Farrell and Greta Nissen in a publicity still for Fazil (1928).  Howard Hawks was not pleased with Charles Farrell whom he thought unsuitable as an exotic romantic lead.