Howard Hawks’ early career

Zasu Pitts and Mary Pickford in The Little Princess (1917)

Howard Hawks’ early careeer

Mary Pickford and Zasu Pitts in The Little Princess (1917) which can be seen on youtube in a very nice print.  It was posted in 2013, so it’s unlikely to be removed for copyright violations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBCsD7xnNVU&index=10&t=42s&list=WL

Howard Hawks’ early career

Mary Pickford in a publicity still for The Little Princess (1917).  It was remade in 1939 with Shirley Temple, in her first film in color.  Howard Hawks was only working props on the film, but he was a 20 year old rich kid, and would soon form an independent  production company including The Little Princess director Marshall Neilan.

Howard Hawks’ early career

Mary Pickford was 25 when she played a 10 year old in The Little Princess (1917) but that’s how audiences of the day liked her.

Howard Hawks’ early career

The Little Princess premiered Nov 11, 1917.  It was directed by Marshall Neilan, whom Howard Hawks formed a partnership also with Allan Dwan to produce Hollywood features.  It was written by Oscar winning female writer Frances Marion.  Frances had 185 writing credits, from a 1912 short, to 1953.

Howard Hawks’ early career

Mary Pickford holds an American flag with an American flag in the background, in a scene with her French American boyfriend, Raymond Hatton as Count Jules de Destin for The Little Princess (1917).  Ray was born in Iowa and had a remarkable 418 acting credits from 1912 short, to a bit as an elderly hitchhiker in In Cold Blood (1967).

Howard Hawks’ early career

Mary Pickford in The Little Princess (1917).  When director Marshall Neilan, got drunk and didn’t show up for work one day, Howard Hawks convinced Mary that he could “make some scenes” and his directorial career began.  It was his second film working props on a Mary Pickford film.