O Henry’s Full House

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foreign poster for O Henrys Full House (1952)

O Henry’s Full House

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Oscar Levant and Fred Allen are a pair of child kidnappers in The Ransom of Red Chief, Howard Hawks’ segment of O Henry’s Full House (1952).

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Fred Allen and Oscar Levant in an original publicity still for O Henry’s Full House (1952)

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pages from the O Henry’s Full House (1952) presskit

O Henry’s Full House

O Henry’s Full House premiered Aug 7, 1952 in Greensboro, North Carolina. followed by a Sep 18 Los Angeles premiere, and a wider release on Oct 16.  It is Howard Hawks’ 37th film.  Howard’s segment is “The Ransom of Red Chief” with Fred Allen and Oscar Levant  It is the only short film in Hawks’ career.  He never worked in television, and all his film credits are for features.

O Henry’s Full House

lobby card set for O Henry’s Full House (1952).  Howard Hawks’ contribution, The Ransom of Red Chief, is pictured in the bottom right.

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Fred Allen and Oscar Levant in a wanted poster screencap from The Ransom of Red Chief, Howard Hawks’ part of O Henry’s Full House (1952).

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Lee Aaker as “Red Chief” in a screencap from The Ransom of Red Chief, one of O Henry’s Full House (1952).

O Henry’s Full House

While none of the five directors are given credit in this poster for O Henry’s Full House (1952), Fred Allen and Oscar Levant’s names are included, so Howard Hawks’ segment, The Random of Red Chief, was not edited out.

O Henry’s Full House

At least when Howard Hawks’ segment was edited out, the name was changed from O Henry’s Full House (1952) to Four Paginas de la Vida in this foreign poster.  The reasons given for Hawks’ removal were length, even though all five segments combined are under two hours, and that the comedy did not fit in with the other dramatic stories, but some comedy relief is always welcome.

O Henry’s Full House

Howard Hawks’ segment, The Ransom of Red Chief, was usually edited out, turning O Henry’s Full House (1952) into four of a kind.

O Henry’s Full House

the complete O’Henry’s Full House (1952).  Howard Hawks’ segment, The Ransom of Red Chief, begins at 1:08.  The other segments are also worth watching, especially the first segment, The Cop and the Anthem with Charles Laughton and Marilyn Monroe.

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trailer for O’Henry’s Full House (1942) with one of five short films directed by Howard Hawks.

O Henry’s Full House

Howard Hawks directed one of the five O Henry short stories in O Henry’s Full House (1952), Ransom of Red Chief.

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Howard Hawks directed one of the five segments, Ransom of Red Chief, in O Henry’s Full House (1952).  It’s the image in the bottom left hand corner.