His Girl Friday

The back of this publicity still reads “Roscoe Karns as he appears in Columbia’s “His Girl Friday.”  Photo by Irving Lippman, Columbia Studios.  (1940)

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Twentieth Century

Charles Lane, Roscoe Karns, Carole Lombard, John Barrymore and Walter Connolly in  a screencap from Twentieth Century (1934).

Twentieth Century

John Barrymore, surrounded by his minions, eyes Carole Lombard in Twentieth Century (19340

Today We Live

Robert Young and Roscoe Karns in a screencap from Today We Live (1933)

Today We Live

Gary Cooper, Robert Young and Roscoe Karns in a screencap from Today We Live (1933)

Today We Live

Roscoe Karns, Gary Cooper and Franchot Tone in a screencap from Today We Live (1933)

Today We Live

Roscoe Karns in a screencap from Today We Live (1933)

20th Century

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Roscoe Karns and Walter Connolly are John Barrymore’s minions in Twentieth Century (1934)

Mans Favorite Sport

Roscoe Karns and Rock Hudson in a scene from Mans Favorite Sport (1964)

20th Century

Roscoe Karns in a screencap from Twentieth Century (1934).  Roscoe was also in Howard Hawks’ Only Angels Have Wings and Mans Favorite Sport.

20th Century

producer John Barrymore is surrounded by his minions and his accountant at rehearsals for his latest stage production in Twentieth Century (1934)

20th Century

On the Twentieth Century (1934), a luxury train of the day

20th Century

John Barrymore fakes an illness for his minions Walter Connelly and Roscoe Karns in Twentieth Century (1934)

20th Century

Carole Lombard cramps three visitors (her new boyfriend and two of her old boyfriend’s minions)  into her small cabin on board the Twentieth Century (1934), the fanciest rail transportation at the time.

20th Century

Oscar Jaffe with his minions on board the Twentieth Century (1934).  It was Howard Hawks’ first comedy, and demonstrated the versatility that characterized his career.  By 1934 Hawks had also distinguished himself in the gangster genre with Scarface, the action genre with The Dawn Patrol, and drama with The Criminal Code.  It would take him until 1948, though, to make a western masterpiece, with Red River.