Howard Hawks’ early career

Douglas Fairbanks in a publicity still for In Again, Out Again (1917).  Howard Hawks knew director Victor Fleming, and began his Hollywood career designing a modern set for the film.

Howard Hawks early career

Todd McCarthy wrote In The Grey Fox of Hollywood that “although Hawks never verified it for certain, all the circumstantial evidence points to In Again, Out Again, which was a sensation when it was released in April 1917, as the first picture on which Howard Hawks worked.”

“It would also seem that director of photography Victor Fleming, as the one person Hawks definitively knew in the film business at that point, was very likely responsible for bringing him in.”

Hawks quickly designed a modern set for the film when the official art director was away.  With his engineering background Hawks either volunteered or was recommended to first time producer Douglas Fairbanks by Fleming.  Fairbanks liked Hawks’ work which lead to further employment in Hollywood.

Howard Hawks’ early career

Douglas Fairbanks with a gun in a publicity still for In Again, Out Again (1917).  Howard Hawks designed one of the sets.  He had been studying engineering in college.

Howard Hawks’ early career

Douglas Fairbanks in a publicity still for In Again, Out Again (1917).  Howard Hawks designed one of the sets.

Howard Hawks’ early career

Douglas Fairbanks’ first film as a producer, In Again, Out Again (1917), was the first film with Howard Hawks’ participation.  Howard created a modern set for a scene, when the art director became unavailable.  He probably got in through his friend, the film’s director Victor Fleming.  He was 20 and in southern California to attend college.

Howard Hawks’ early career

Douglas Fairbanks marries Arline Pretty in a publicity still for In Again Out Again (1917).  Arline was born in Washington DC, and had 58 acting credits, from a 1912 short to an uncredited bit in 1955.

Howard Hawks’ early career

as the ad states, In Again, Out Again premiered Apr 30, 1917.