Come and Get It

Joel McCrae and Frances Farmer make taffy candy in a publicity still for Come and Get It (1936).   Does anyone still make it?  All I know is that “salt water taffy” was a treat.

The Road to Glory

Warner Baxter and June Lang in an original publicity still for The Road to Glory (1936).  One of Hawks’ lesser known films, it’s a good film, and very watchable for classic film fans.  Hawks only made four weak films in his career.

It was posted on youtube in Oct 2019.  and it is still there in May 2020, but it may get yanked at any time.

Barbary Coast

all eyes are on casino owner Edward G Robinson, including Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan and Miriam Hopkins (the only person not giving him eye contact) in a publicity still for Barbary Coast (1935).  The original screenplay was  written by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, who adapted their Broadway play, Twentieth Century, as a 1934 Howard Hawks production.  Ben also co-wrote Hawks’ Monkey Business (1952).


Karen Morley looks like she smells somthing bad in a scene with Osgood Perkins and Paul Muni in Scarface (1932)

Howard Hawks’ early career

Leatrice Joy in The Dressmaker from Paris (1925).  Leatrice is a French matron who falls for an American soldier during World War I.  After the war, she becomes a dressmaker and sails to America for a fashion show, and to find her lost love.

Howard Hawks’ early career


Marshall Neilan with the star of his Penrod (1922) Wesley Barry.  Marshall was born in San Bernardino and had 107 directing credits from an uncredited short in 1913 to 1937, working with Howard Hawks from 1920 to 1923, directing eight films as part of their Associated Producers foursome.  Marshall also had 143 acting credits, dating back to a 1912 short through 1923, with two uncredited bits in 1936 and 1937, and a final acting appearance in A Face in the Crowd (1957) as Senator Worthington Fuller.

Howard Hawks’ early career

The Lotus Eater premiered Nov 27, 1921, a film “personally directed” by Marshall Neilan.  Were other films of the day impersonally directed?  John’s previous film was his first big hit, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and his next film was Sherlock Holmes, another popular film.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

theater flyer featuring Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953).  Nowadays movieplexes would never advertise “slight price increase.”


John Wayne in Hatari (1962).  No animals were harmed during the making of the film.  Those animals that were trapped were delivered to zoos around the world.

Rio Lobo

John Wayne, Jack Elam and Victor French in an original publicity still for Rio Lobo (1970)

The Prizefighter and the Lady

inside the ring in The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933)

The Dawn Patrol

foreign flyer for The Dawn Patrol (1930)

Red Line 7000

Marianna Hill and James Caan pose next to the Pepsi product placement in a scene from Red Line 7000 (1965).  At the time, Coke was America’s favorite soft drink, and Pepsi was a distant second, closer to RC Cola in popularity.

El Dorado

John Wayne as Cole Thornton in El Dorado (1966)

Barbary Coast

flyer for Barbary Coast (1935)