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Randolph Scott and director Richard Rosson in a publicity still for Corvette K225 (1943).  Howard Hawks was credited only as producer.

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Randolph Scott and director Richard Rosson in an original publicity still for Corvette K225 (1943).  Richard had 23 director credits from 1917 to this, his final film.  His only other notable credits are uncredited work of Howard Hawks’ Scarface, Today We Live and the logging scenes in Come and Get It.

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Ella Raines was another Howard Hawks discovery in Corvette K225 (1943), but the romance with Randolph Scott was routine and had none of the usual Hawks chemistry.

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Randolph Scott on board the Canadian war ship the Corvette K225 (1943)

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Barry Fitzgerald makes eye contact with Randolph Scott on board the Canadian war ship the Corvette K225 (1943)

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The back of this publicity still reads

Universal Studios,

Universal City, Calif.

Meet Milton, the nautical pup of Universal’s “Corvette K-225.”  Randolph Scott and Ella Raines, stars of Howard Hawks’ latest production which is a saga of the Royal Canadian Navy in action in the North Atlantic, are not teaching Milton, featured as the corvette mascot, any bad habits in providing him with a light for his pipeful of tobacco.  Smoking is an old trick of the dog.  Miss Raines, incidentally, makes her debut in the corvette epic.

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Randolph Scott in a scene from Corvette K225 (1943).  While it’s far from Howard Hawks’ best, it’s still a good movie.  Typically for Hawks, the action scenes are first rate.

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Ella Raines and Randolph Scott in a publicity still for Corvette K225 (1943)

Corvette K225

The back of this publicity still reads

From:  Universal Studios

Universal City, Calif.

Co-starred in Howard Hawks’ saga of the Royal Canadian Navy “Corvette K-225: at Universal Studios are Randolph Scott, Ella Raines and James Brown.  In directing the Universal picture Richard Rosson made numerous trips with convoys across the North Atlantic to get action scenes for the thrill packed romantic adventure story.

 

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The back of this Corvette K225 (1943) publicity still reads

1230-166                                      ‘CORVETTES IN ACTION’                                          UNIVERSAL

A tragic burial scene at sea aboard a corvette.  Lieut. Com. MacClain (RANDOLPH SCOTT) looks on as a Gardner (JAMES FLAVIN) reads the services with LeBlanc (EDMUND MACDONALD) at his side.

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Producer Howard Hawks with Richard Rosson in the director’s chair for a script conference with Randolph Scott and Ella Raines for Corvette K225 (1943).  Ella’s looking quite displeased.

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preparing a body for burial at sea in a scene from Corvette K225 (1943).

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Ella Raines and Randolph Scott are on opposite sides of the kitchen in a scene from Corvette K225 (1943), before the naval vessel takes off for action in World War II.

 

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Howard Hawks discovery Ella Raines with Randolph Scott in a publicity still for Corvette K225 (1943).  Ella was not part of the work team, as many Hawksian women were, and was more of an unnecessary bystander.

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Howard Hawks produced two movies he did not direct, Corvette K225 (1943) and The Thing (1950).  While Hawks was generous in giving Christian Nyby credit for The Thing, as it has a strong Hawksian quality, Richard Rosson appears to have had a stronger input into the direction of Corvette K225.  Both films deal with a male work team in a dangerous situation, a common Hawks theme.