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Charles Farrell and Greta Nissen in a publicity still for Fazil (1928)

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foreign flyer for Fazil (1928)

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Charles Farrell and Greta Nissen in a publicity still for Fazil (1928)

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original poster for Fazil (1928) with Howard Hawks credited as producer, but not director.  In the 20s, director was often looked down upon as just another technician.   Producer was considered the greatest creative contributor to a film.

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Charles Farrell wore dark makeup as Fazil (1928), but was unconvincing as an Arabian prince in a romance with Greta Nissen.

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Charles Farrell and Greta Nissen in a publicity still for Fazil (1928)

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Charles Farrell as Prince Fazil in Fazil (1928)

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Charles Farrell as Prince Fazil in Fazil (1928).  Charles was born in Onset Bay, Massachusetts and had 53 acting credits, from an uncredited bit in 1923, his first screen credit in 1925, to six episodes of The Charles Farrell Show in 1956.  His other notable credits include bits in The Ten Commandments (1926 as a slave,  Hunchback of Notre Dame (1926), Charles Chaplin’s A Woman of Paris, and Buster Keaton’s The Freshman, and credit for 125 episodes of My Little Margie (1952-55), as Margie’s father, and his first credit in over a decade.

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Charles Farrell and Greta Nissen in an original lobby card for Fazil (1928). surviving only in a poor print.

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Greta Nissen in an original lobby card for Fazil (1928).

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Charles Farrett and Greta Nissen in an original lobby card for Fazil (1928).  Howard Hawks was not pleased with Charles’ performance. who showed no chemistry with his leading lady, and was unconvincing as an ethnic type.

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Greta Nissen and Charles Farrell in an original lobby card for Fazil (1928), Howard Hawks’ only pure romance.  His other romantic films all have elements of comedy or adventure.  There is no comedy in Fazil, and the adventure is negligible.

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original lobby card for Fazil (1928)

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Howard Hawks though Charles Farrell was unconvincing as a young Arab chief in Fazil (1928) with Greta Nissen.

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Charles Farrell and Greta Nissen in an original publicity still for Frazil (1928)(