Fig Leaves

Olive Borden and George O’Brien are a modern Adam and Eve sleeping in twin beds in a publicity still for Fig Leaves (1926).  Eve can cover her ears, but she doesn’t avert her eyes.  Howard Hawks’ second film as a director, and his first hit, is his first to exploit the sexual chemistry between two likable and attractive stars.

Paid to Love

Virginia Valli and George O’Brien in Paid to Love (1927).  This was George’s second film with Howard Hawks, after Fig Leaves (1926).  Hawks would often cast actors in more than one of his films.  The next two-timers would be James Cagney and Edward G Robinson in the early and mid 30s.

Paid to Love

George O’Brien and Virginia Valli in an original lobby card for Paid to Love (1927)

Paid to Love

George O’Brien and Virginia Valli in an original publicity still for Paid to Love (1927)

Fig Leaves

George O’Brien and Olive Borden as Adam and Eve in a scene from Fig Leaves (1926)

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George O’Brien and Olive Borden as Adam and Eve in Fig Leaves (1926)

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Kenneth Hawks was Howard’s brother who had a promising career as a film director, but he was tragically killed in a plane crash with nine others while filming aerial scenes for his third film.  Kenneth was married to Mary Astor at the time.  Even in 1926 Howard was commanding everyone’s attention with his low-key, soft spoken manner.

Paid to Love

screencap from Paid to Love (1927) indicative of how Howard Hawks’ silent films are in desperate need of restoration, but the situation may be hopeless as better prints may simply be lost.

Fig Leaves

Howard Hawks on the set of Fig Leaves with George O'Brien and Olive Borden

Howard Hawks directing George O’Brien and Olive Borden in Fig Leaves (1926), the earliest photograph of Hawks at work.

Paid to Love

Howard Hawks on the set of Paid to Love (1927) with George O’Brien and a woman who is not co-star Virginia Valli.

Paid to Love

Paid to Love (1927) is the fourth Howard Hawks silent movie he made at 20th Century Fox.  That’s William Powell of The Thin Man series, in the upper left hand photo.

Fig Leaves

George O’Brien and Olive Borden are Adam and Eve in the first scenes of Fig Leaves (1926).   George starred in a second silent film with Howard Hawks at 20th Century Fox, Paid to Love.

Fig Leaves

George O’Brien and Olive Borden are Adam and Eve Smith in the modern part of Fig Leaves (1926).

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George O'Brien and Olive Borden in Fig Leaves

Olive Borden and George O’Brien as Adam and Eve, and in a flash forward Adam and Eve Smith in Fig Leaves (1926).

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Olive Borden and George O’Brien as Adam and Eve Smith in an autographed publicity still for Fig Leaves (1926).  They went on to work with John Ford on one of his silent westerns, Three Bad Men.