Corvette K225

Howard Hawks discovery Ella Raines in a publicity still c1946. Her film debut was in Hawks’ production Corvette K225 (1943) but she didn’t have much of an impact in the film. I wonder if Hawks was aware of Lauren Bacall at the time, and was no longer focused on promoting Ella. Lauren’s Vanity Fair cover was Mar 1943, and Corvette K225 premiered Sep 43.

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original publicity still for the Howard Hawks production Corvette K225 (1943)

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original publicity still for the Howard Hawks production Corvette K225 (1943)

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Corvette K225 (1943) screencap.  The film has never been released on home video in any format.  My copy is from an old showing on cable tv, probably on TBS or TNT, with the commercials edited out, transferred from videotape to dvd.

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full page print ad for Corvette K225 (1943)

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Corvette K225 premiered Sep 29, 1943 in the USA and Oct 19 in Ottawa, Canada.  It was Howard Hawks’ 29th film, but his first as producer only.  He gave director’s credit to Richard Rosson,

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Noah Beery and Steven Geray in an original lobby card for Corvette K225 (1943).  Both actors were in other Hawks films.

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original lobby card for Corvette K225 (1943).

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lobby card for Corvette K225 (1943).  It’s a middling entertainment that has never been released in any home video format.

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Richard Rosson and Ella Raines behind the scenes of Corvette K225 (1943)

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print ad for Corvette K225 (1943)

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original lobby card for Corvette K225 (1943)

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Noah Beery Jr in an original lobby card for Corvette K225 (1943).  Noah first appeared in a Howard Hawks film in 1933, but his scenes in Viva Villa were deleted.  Noah was actually seen in Howard’s Only Angels Have Wings, Sergeant York and Red River.

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original lobby card for Corvette K225 (1943), Howard Hawks’ first film at Universal Studios.

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The back of this publicity still reads

E.R.P.44                  ‘CORVETTES IN ACTION’                  UNIVERSAL

There’s nothing more invigorating than a frolic in Southern California’s snowclad mountains away from the camera chores in filmdom.  Ella Raines, recent graduate from University of Washington, who is making her screen debut in Howard Hawks’ “Corvettes in Action,” at Universal Studios, is shown at a ski outing.

The name was changed to Corvette K-225 upon release.