Howard Hawks’ early career

foreign poster for Bob Hampton of Placer (1921).  Howard Hawks provided some financial backing, and also was second unit director for the film’s recreation of Little Big Horn.  Hawks was unsuccessful filming the scene at the original site and in Arizona.   He at last tried filming the scene in southern California from a blimp.  The film went way over budget and lead to a lawsuit by Hawks on director Marshall Neilan, and fellow producer in Associated Producers for non-payment of a Hawks loan to Neilan of almost $100,000.  They settled out of court and went on to make five more films for Associated Producers.

Howard Hawks’ early career

theater ad for Bob Hampton of Placer (1921).  Todd McCarthy wrote “the film was confusing and misguided in the telling, and was a mess both in production and on the screen. ”  He went on “Once the company took this costly wrong turn, it was never the same again.”

Howard Hawks’ early career

Carrie Clark Ward as the housekeeper and Wesley Barry as Dick in a publicity still from Bob Hampton of Placer (1921).  It was young Wesley’s third film for Associated Producers, after Go and Get It, and the sequel Dinty, with Wesley as Dinty.

Howard Hawks’ early career

Bob Hampton of Placer premiered May 1, 1921.  It was Associated Producers’ third film since March.