Howard Hawks’ early career

Carole Lombard and Monte Blue in A Perfect Crime (1921).  It was the first of two films Monte made for Associated Producers.  Monte was born in Indianapolis and had a whopping 291 acting credits in his career, from an uncredited bit in Birth of a Nation (1915) through an episode of TV’s Pony Express (1960).  His films among the best 1,001 are Across the Pacific, Casablanca (an uncredited bit), The Palm Beach Story (an uncredited bit), Passage to Marseilles (an uncredited bit), Key Largo, and Adventures of Don Juan (an uncredited bit).  From 1951 Monte was most often seen on tv westerns.

Howard Hawks’ early career

Jane Peters made her film debut as a 12 year old with Monte Blue in A Perfect Crime (1921).  Jane next had two uncredited bits in 1924 and 1925.  Later in 1925 she was credited as Carol Lombard in Marriage in Transit.  After numerous other appearances through the 20s, she was finally credited as Carole Lombard in 1930.  She had 79 acting credits in her career.

Howard Hawks’ early career

original lobby card for A Perfect Crime (1920) with Carole Lombard front and center in her film debut.

Howard Hawks’ early career

Monte Blue and Carole Lombard in a lobby card for A Perfect Crime (1921) a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde type story of a “pinhead” bank clerk who removes his glasses at night to spin “Munchausenesque” stories for his younger sister.

Monte Blue and Carole Lombard in a lobby card for A Perfect Crime (1921) a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde type story of a “pinhead” bank clerk who removes his glasses at night to spin “Munchausenesque” stories for his younger sister.

 

Howard Hawks’ early career

A Perfect Crime (1921) was the third of three films directed by Allan Dwan as part of Associated Producers with Howard Hawks.   It is mentioned in The Grey Fox of Hollywood as  “a commercial and artistically attractive entry” for Associated Producers.

Howard Hawks’ early career

A Perfect Crime premiered Mar 5, 1921.  It was the fourth film from the Howard Hawks production company, Associated Producers, that he was a part of,