The Air Circus

In an early Hawks triangle, Arthur Lake is on the roof spying on his friend David Manners and the girl Sue Carol in a publicity still for The Air Circus (1928), a lost Howard Hawks film.  Not even a short scrap has surfaced.

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David Rollins and Arthur Lake with an unknown on the left in a publicity still for The Air Circus (1928)

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Sue Carol and Arthur Lake in a publicity still for The Air Circus (1928), Howard Hawks’ seventh of eight silent films, and from surviving posters and stills, his most ambitious silent work.  Not even a brief clip exists from the lost film.

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David Rollins and Arthur Lake in a publicity still for The Air Circus (1928)

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Sue Carol and Arthur Lake in publicity stills for The Air Circus (1928)

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The Air Circus (1928). a lost Howard Hawks silent film.

David Rollins, Sue Carol and Arthur Lake in The Air Circus (1928).  Sue was the best example of a Hawksian woman in a silent film, being just as good as any man in a man’s profession.  It’s a shame the film is lost.

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David Rollins and Arthur Lake with Charles Delaney and his model airplane in a publicity still for The Air Circus (1928), a lost Howard Hawks silent film.  Charles was born in New York City and had 100 acting credits from a 1913 short, then a 1922 feature, through 1960.  His only recognizable title is Friendly Persuasion, in which he was an uncredited drinker.

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David Rollins and Arthur Lake sport knickers with Heinie Conklin and Sue Carol in a publicity still for The Air Circus (1928).  Louise Dresser is top billed, but appears in only one of the numerous surviving stills.

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Arthur Lake and Sue Carol share a phosphate in The Air Circus (1928), a lost Howard Hawks silent film.

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looks to be a near miss in flight school in The Air Circus (1928)

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Aviatrix Sue Carol is surrounded by pilots in training in The Air Circus (1928)

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Arthur Lake as Speed Doolittle and Sue Carol as Sue Manning in a publicity still for The Air Circus (1928).  Arthur began his career in show business as a circus acrobat with his parents, and had 165 acting credits in his career, dating back to a 1917 version of Jack and the Beanstalk, through 26 episodes of Blondie in 1957 as Blondie’s hapless husband Dagwood Bumstead.  He appeared in 25 Blondie feature films from 1938 to 1950.

Sue Carol had 26 acting credits in her career from 1927 to 1937 and was married to Alan Ladd from 1942 until his death in 1964.