Howard Hawks’ early career

original lobby cards for Empty Hands (1924).  The film was directed by Victor Fleming, who became a mentor for Howard Hawks.  Vic had already directed a dozen films since 1919.

Howard Hawks’ early career

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original lobby card for Tiger Love (1924)

Tiger Love

original lobby card for Tiger Love (1924).  Howard Hawks was credited with the screenplay.

Howard Hawks’ early career

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original lobby card for Tiger Love (1924).  Howard Hawks got his first on screen credit, for the screenplay, which it is assumed means the story.  Julie Herme got credit for the adaptation, which it is assumed means writing the intertitles, or title cards.  Julie has nine writing credits from 1920 to 1925, but nothing stands out.

Howard Hawks’ early career

original lobby card for Heritage of the Desert (1924).  After Associated Producers, Inc., ended in 1923, Howard Hawks got a job as production editor with Paramount, the most successful silent studio.  He had set his sights on a directing career, but wanted to get a better understanding of the Hollywood studio system, working from the inside, no longer an independent.

Howard Hawks’ early career

Ernest Torrence and Bebe Daniels in a lobby card for The Heritage of the Desert (1924).  Bebe was born in Dallas and had 232 acting credits in her career, from a 1910 short, through 1941 and a final appearance in 1955.  Bebe was in the original 1931 version of The Maltese Falcom in the Mary Astor role, and was also in one of the Busby Berkeley musicals at Warner Brothers, 42nd Street.

Howard Hawks’ early career

Original lobby card for Heritage of the Desert (1924) one of two Irving Willat westerns Howard Hawks worked on at Paramount as production editor.  Nowadays production editors are only found in book publishing.  In the 1920s, it was most likely the job of a production supervisor.

 

Howard Hawks’ early career

original lobby card for Quicksands (1923).  Howard Hawks had a hand in writing all the films he directed. but he never shared screen credit once he began directing.  Quicksands was Hawks’ modern western story concerning an army officer stationed along the US Mexico border trying to crack a drug smuggling ring.

Howard Hawks’ early career

Lobby card for Quicksands (1923), a Howard Hawks production with Associated Producers.  He also got credit for story and screenplay.

Quicksands was directed by Jack Conway who had 113 directing credits, from a 1912 short, through 1948.  Jack received sole credit for directing Viva Villa, another film set along the Mexican border.  It was directed on location there by Howard Hawks.  When he was fired, Jack completed the film in Hollywood.

Oliver Hardy, of Laurel and Hardy, is credited as assistant director in the imdb entry for the film.  He has a second such credit in 1926.  No details can be found, but Ollie’s first acting credit was in 1914, and first teamed with Laurel in 1921.

Howard Hawks’ early career

Quicksands premiered Feb 28, 1923.  The first time Howard Hawks received credit on a film poster was as writer, not producer or director.  Todd McCarthy wrote “despite a solid cast and good reviews, the picture did only fair business.  In 1927 it was bought by Paramount Pictures.  They cut it from 70 to 60 minutes and re-released it briefly.  Not even a bit of the film survives.

Howard Hawks’ early career

 

original publicity still for Quicksands (1923).  The film was made hectically, cheaply and very quickly.  After the dissolution of Associated Producers, Hawks produced the film himself and gained distribution through American Releasing Corporation.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Original lobby card with Ruth Taylor as Lorelei Lee in the original silent screen version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1928)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

original lobby card for the original 1928 silent film version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

foreign lobby card for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Come and Get It

re-release lobby card for Come and Get It (1936), re-named Roaring Timber