Trent’s Last Case

Raymond Griffith in a publicity still for Trent’s Last Case (1929), Howard Hawks’ eighth of eight silent films.  The film had a limited run in the US and was remade in England in 1952 with Orson Welles in a supporting part.  Hawks never had anything good to say about it.

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Trent’s Last Case

howardhawkshollywood: “Howard Hawks filming Trent’s Last Case (1928). The last of his 8 silent films had sound added and was released only in England. It survives in an incomplete print. ”

Howard Hawks directing Trent’s Last Case (1929), his final silent film, now lost.

Trent’s Last Case

foreign poster for Trent’s Last Case (1929), Howard Hawks’ final silent film.

There are very few posters and publicity stills surviving for this title.  Even in its day, it was barely promoted, with only a limited release in the USA.  It was more widely seen in England because of it’s original English author.

Trent’s Last Case

mangled original lobby card for Trent’s Last Case (1929), based on a 1913 murder mystery by London’s EC Bentley.  It was remade in 1952 in England with Michael Wilding, Margaret Lockwood and Orson Welles.

Trent’s Last Case

Trent’s Last Case (1929), Howard Hawks’ final silent film, was a murder mystery.  It was not promoted by Twentieth Century Fox and had only a limited release.

Trent’s Last Case

Trent’s Last Case is Howard Hawks’ eighth film.

Trent’s Last Case premiered Mar 31, 1929.

Trent’s Last Case

publicity still from Trent’s Last Case (1929).  Howard Hawks claimed the film was a mess as plans to make it with sound fell through and the emphasis was changed towards comedy.  It survives only in part.

Trent’s Last Case

Marceline Day as Evelyn Manderson in a publicity still for Trent’s Last Case (1929).  Marceline was born in Colorado Springs and had 64 acting credits in her career, from an uncredited bit in a 1924 short through 1933.  Highlights of her career in silent films include The Cameraman with Buster Keaton and London After Midnight with Lon Chaney.