Barbary Coast

foreign poster for Barbary Coast (1935).  Howard Hawks’ 18th film as a director premiered Oct 13, 1935.  It was the first of four films he made for independent producer Samuel Goldwyn.

Twentieth Century

Twentieth Century premiered May 3, 1934.  It was Howard Hawks’ 17th picture as director.

Twentieth Century

foreign poster for Twentieth Century (1934).  Neither of the film’s great stars, John Barrymore and Carole Lombard would be alive to see the end of World War II.

Twentieth Century

foreign poster for Twentieth Century (1934).  It’s a tough call on which of the stars, John Barrymore or Carole Lombard is the bigger “prima donna.”

Viva Villa

Viva Villa premiered Apr 10, 1934 and became the number one box office hit of the year.  It was the 16th film that Howard Hawks directed, and the second film, after the previous The Prizefighter and the Lady, also at MGM, that he did not complete.

The Prizefighter and the Lady

The Prizefighter and the Lady premiered Nov 10, 1933.  Howard Hawks directed the first few scenes, but he left the project, never to return to MGM.  It was the 15th film Hawks worked on as a director, but the first that he did not finish.


Scarface (1932) dvd cover with Paul Muni colorized to make it look more like the 1983 Al Pacino version.  The original version finally premiered Mar 31, 1932 in New Orleans, with a wider release on Apr 9.

The Air Circus

The Air Circus was Howard Hawks’ seventh of eight silent films at Fox Studios.  The Air Circus premiered Sep 30, 1928.  Nothing survives from the film, except the intriguing posters.

Howard Hawks’ early credits

The Road to Yesterday premiered Nov 15, 1925

Howard Hawks’ early career

The Dressmaker From Paris premiered Feb 22, 1925 in the UK and Mar 17, 1925 in the US.

Howard Hawks’ early career

The Dressmaker From Paris (1925) was directed by Paul Bern, who was born in Hamburg, Germany, and had 12 director credits, from a 1920 short to an uncredited 1930 feature.  Paul worked on another film for which Howard Hawks was production editor at Paramount, Open All Night.  None of his other credits are worth mentioning.

Howard Hawks’ early career

Code of the West (1925) is one of two Zane Grey westerns supervised by Howard Hawks and directed by William K Howard.  William had 54 directing credits in his career from 1921 to 1945.  The only notable title is Fire Over England (1937), a film he directed in England with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.

Howard Hawks’ early career


original poster for Code of the West (1925).  Also in the cast was George Bancroft, who was born in Philadelphia, and had 54 acting credits from 1921 to 1942, including an Oscar nomination for Thunderbolt (1929).  His other notable credits include Underworld (1927), an early gangster film, Mr Deeds Goes to Town, Angels with Dirty Faces, and Stagecoach as Marshal Curly Wilcox.

Howard Hawks’ early career

Swedish poster for North of 36 (1924) based on the original American poster.

The film featured the largest herd of Texas longhorns. surpassed only by Howard Hawks’ own Red River (1948). depicting the last cattle drive of its kind from Texas to Kansas.

Howard Hawks’ early career



Original artwork for North of 36, one of two Irvin Willat, Howard Hawks westerns at Paramount in 1924.