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Movie Posters:Comedy, Fig Leaves (Fox, 1926). Lobby Card (11" X 14"). Comedy.. ...

original lobby card (1926)

 

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original title card for Fig Leaves (1926), Howard Hawks’ second sound film, and oldest to survive, albeit in a shabby bootleg version.

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original lobby card for Fig Leaves (1926)

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original lobby card for Fig Leaves (1926)

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original lobby card for Fig Leaves (1926) back stage of the technicolor fashion show, lost in the surviving version.

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Howard Hawks on the set of Fig Leaves with George O'Brien and Olive Borden

Howard Hawks directing George O’Brien and Olive Borden in Fig Leaves (1926), the earliest photograph of Hawks at work.

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2. Fig Leaves premiered Aug 22, 1926, the second of eight silent films Howard Hawks made for 20th Century Fox.

Fig Leaves (1926) is Howard Hawks’ second of eight silent films, and the oldest to survive, albeit as a bootleg without the Technicolor fashion show.

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model in a gown by Adrian in the lost Technicolor fashion show from Fig Leaves (1926)

This is also the cover of the coffee table book “The Dawn of Technicolor 1915-1935″ celebrating the 100th anniversary of color in the movies.  Typically there is no mention of Hawks or the film, other than the cover photo and in the appendix, although the book is very scholarly with great detail.

According to The Dawn of Technicolor, Howard Hawks’ Fig Leaves premiered Aug 22, 1926 and 248 prints were made including two Technicolor sequences.  The first occurs at the end of Reel 3 with Andre deBeranger, Olive Borden, William Austin and a group of lingerie models in a fashion salon.  The scene is intercut with shots tinted light amber.  The second color sequence occurs at the beginning of reel 6 and features a contemporary fashion show.  George O’Brien enters the salon and sees Olive Borden posing in a decollete evening gown.  Only a fragment survives of the original color elements.

Olive Borden’s wardrobe for Fig Leaves was $50,000, including a costume as Eve.  75 models were featured in the color fashion show, wearing gowns designed by Adrian.  Hawks remembered ordering the fashion show set to be finished in black and silver without any hint of color, highlighting the colored gowns effectively when photographed in Technicolor

 

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Fig Leaves (1926) begins in the age of the dinosaurs.

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howardhawkshollywood: “Olive Borden in a publicity still for Fig Leaves ”

Olive Borden as Eve in a publicity still for Fig Leaves (1926).  Olive was born in Richmond, Virginia and had 51 acting credits from an uncredited bit in 1923 to 1934.  She also co-starred with George O’Brien in 3 Bad Men for John Ford in 1926.  Olive died at the age of 40 of a “stomach ailment” at a home for destitute women in Los Angeles’ skid row.

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one of the models from the fashion show in Fig Leaves (1926)

Olive Borden takes part in a fashion show in Fig Leaves (1926).  There were two fashion shows in the film, shot in early color, but the only parts that survive are in black and white.

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George O’Brien and Olive Borden are Adam and Eve in the first scenes of Fig Leaves (1926).   George starred in a second silent film with Howard Hawks at 20th Century Fox, Paid to Love.

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Andre de Beranger as fashion show manager Josef Andre, is the tall man in the top hat in Fig Leaves (1926).  Andre was born and often credited as George Beranger in Sydney, Australia and had 150 acting credits in his career, from a 1913 short to an uncredited bit in 1950.  Most of his screen appearances were uncredited, although he was credited in Birth of a Nation and Broken Blossoms, both with DW Griffith,  and he was the uncredited geek in Nightmare Alley.

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Olive Borden as Eve, a primitive housewife with a pet serpent in Fig Leaves (1926).

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George O’Brien and Olive Borden are Adam and Eve Smith in the modern part of Fig Leaves (1926).