Howard Hawks’ early career

Joseph Schildkraut and Jetta Goudal in Cecil B DeMille’s The Road to Yesterday (1925), Malena’s apparent frigidity toward her husband Kenneth is a result of injustice done in an earlier incarnation when he was a knight and she was a gypsy headed for burning at the stake. This becomes evident when their unconscious minds travel back from a train wreck on the American plains to Elizabethan England,

Howard Hawks’ early career

Vera Reynolds as Beth Tyrell in The Road to Yesterday (1925).  Vera was born in Richmond, Virginia and had 76 acting credits in her career, from a 1917 short, through 1932.   None of her credits are noteworthy.

Howard Hawks’ early career

Vera Reynolds is cornered by all the people at the door in a scene from Cecil B DeMille’s The Road to Yesterday (1925).

Howard Hawks ‘early career

Jetta Goudal as gypsy Malena Paulton in The Road to Yesterday (1925).  Jetta was born in Amsterdam and had 18 acting credits in her career, from an uncredited bit in 1922, through 1932.  Jetta was second only to Gloria Swanson at Paramount as the studio’s top leading lady in the 20s.

Howard Hawks’ early career

 

Cecil B DeMille’s The Road to Yesterday (1925), with titles by Howard Hawks, has something in common with The Three Musketeers, first filmed in 1921, and most recently in 2011.

Howard Hawks’ early career

Vera Reynolds does some time travelling in The Road to Yesterday (1925), produced and directed by Cecil B DeMille.  As a producer, Cecil had 88 credits from 1914 to 1958.   As a director, he had 80 credits from 1914 to 1956.  He also had 30 credits as an editor from 1914 to 1939, and 22 credits as a writer from 1914 to 1925.

Howard Hawks once said he learned alot from Cecil.  He learned to do the opposite.

 

Howard Hawks’ early credits

Jetta Goudal is a gypsy from a past life in The Road to Yesterday (1925).  Her other film associated with Howard Hawks was the comedy Open All Night (1924)jetta

Howard Hawks’ early career

full page print ad for Cecil B DeMille’s The Road to Yesterday (1925).  Cecil was perhaps the biggest name in Hollywood behind the camera at the time, so the publicity was blockbuster level.

Howard Hawks’ early career

 

Honesty – The Best Policy premiered Aug 8, 1926, and is the final film to consider in Howard Hawks’ early career   Hawks was credited as the author of the original story.  It’s the second time his name appears on a movie poster for his writing. after Quicksands.

Todd McCarthy in “The Grey Fox of Hollywood” writes “the finished film…seems to have borne only a partial resemblance to the idea Hawks submitted, since it was considerably reworked in the interim.  It seems to have been something of a mishmash.”

One of the stars, Rockliffe Fellowes had a supporting role in Howard Hawks’ first film as a director, The Road to Glory, which had already premiered six months earlier,  Two weeks after Honesty – The Best Policy, Howard Hawks’ second film as a director, Fig Leaves, premiered.

All seven of Hawks’ silent films were at 20th Century Fox, as was Honesty- The Best Policy, so he had ended his relationship with Paramount, and was on his way to become one of the most successful directors in Hollywood history, hopping from studio to studio for the next 40 years.

This is the only image found  for the film in google, yahoo, tcm, wikipedia and imdb image searches.

 

Howard Hawks’ early career

Jetta Goudal and Joseph Schildkraut as Malena and Kenneth Paulton in The Road to Yesterday (1925).  The film is based on a Broadway play that ran from Dec 1906 to Aug 1907.

Howard Hawks’ early credits

The Road to Yesterday premiered Nov 15, 1925

Howard Hawks’ early career

Lord Jim premiered Nov 15, 1925

In The Grey Fox of Hollywood, Joseph McBride describes the film as “a superficial but impressively physical telling of the Joseph Conrad tale.”

This was the final film Howard Hawks worked on at Paramount, where he had been one of four production editors since 1924.

Howard Hawks’ early career

The Road to Yesterday (1925) was produced and directed by Cecil B DeMille, with titles by Howard Hawks.   Cecil was probably the most famous Hollywood name behind the camera at the time.

Hawks said of working with DeMille, whatever approach DeMille would take as a director “I would work exactly the opposite, and do quite well doing it.  If I tried to tell people to do some of the things he did, I’d laugh while I was trying to tell them.  But he made it work.  I learned an awful lot because I did the opposite.”

Howard Hawks’ early career

The Light of Western Stars premiered Jun 22, 1925.

It was first made in 1918, and remade again in 1930 and 1940.

Howard Hawks’ early career

The 1925 version of The Light of Western Stars starred Jack Holt, Noah Beery and Billie Dove.  Billie was born in New York City and had 50 acting credits, from 1921 to 1932.  The final entry on her filmography is in 1962 for Diamond Head with Charlton Heston, but her scenes were deleted.