Howard Hawks

screencap from the original trailer for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Howard Hawks’ career in film did not begin with his seven silent films at Twentieth Century Fox, 1926-28.  Hawks worked on 34 or more features from 1917, at the age of 20, to 1926.  His first involvement with Hollywood came when he designed a modern set for a Douglas Fairbanks production.  Then he was a prop man on a couple of Mary Pickford pictures.  In 1920 he became part of an independent production company, Associated Producers, Inc. that produced 14 features from 1920 to 1923.  As a rich kid, he provided financial assistance for the company, with no apparent artistic contribution.   From 1923 to 1926 Hawks free lanced as producer/editor on a few films at the big Hollywood studios, as well as earning original story credits for a couple of features.  While he never directed a film in his first 10 years in Hollywood, and none of his early credits are remembered today, he learned enough to keep him on top of his game for the next 40 years.