Ceiling Zero

 

The back of this publicity still reads, in long hand “Frank McHugh, Warner Bros. comedian who will shortly be seen in Ceiling Zero (1936).  Frank did not appear in the film.  Perhaps his part was taken by Stuart Erwin, who replaced Lee Tracy in an earlier Howard Hawks film, Viva Villa.  Frank did appear opposite James Cagney in Howard Hawks’ The Crowd Roars (1932).

The Crowd Roars

James Cagney and Eric Linden are brothers in The Crowd Roars (1932).  Guy Kibbee and Frank McHugh are caught in between.

The Crowd Roars

Eric Linden, James Cagney and Frank McHugh in a publicity still for The Crowd Roars (1932)

The Crowd Roars

James Cagney and Ann Dvorak with Frank McHugh partially hidden in a screencap from The Crowd Roars (1932)

The Crowd Roars

Ann Dvorak and Frank McHugh in a screencap from The Crowd Roars (1932)

The Crowd Roars

The Crowd Roars (1932) is the first of two Howard Hawks movies in the world of competitive auto racing.  Later in his career, he made Red Line 7000 (1965).

The Crowd Roars

Frank McHugh holds back James Cagney from a fight with his kid brother Eric Linden in The Crowd Roars (1932).

The Crowd Roars

James Cagney, Joan Blondell and Frank McHugh behind the scenes of The Crowd Roars (1932).

The Crowd Roars

Frank McHugh as Spud Connors comes between race car driving brothers James Cagney and Eric Linden in The Crowd Roars (1932).  The racing parts were filmed at the Nutley Velodrome in Nutley, New Jersey.