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.

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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.

20th Century

Roscoe Karns as Oscar Jaffe’s minion Owen O’Malley in Twentieth Century (1934).

His Girl Friday

Roscoe Karns is one of the numerous reporters in His Girl Friday (1940).  Roscoe was in two other Howard Hawks comedies:  Twentieth Century and Mans Favorite Sport.

20th Century

Carole Lombard is trailed by jealous Oscar Jaffe’s minions Roscoe Karns and Walter Connelly in Twentieth Century (1934)

20th Century

behind the scenes of Twentieth Century (1934) with Etienne Girardot, John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, and Roscoe Karns.

His Girl Friday

Rosalind Russell is a classic Hawksian woman in His Girl Friday (1940).  She’s the equal of any man in a man dominated profession.

His Girl Friday

Since there were no cell phones in 1940, the reporters have to report back the fake news to their newspaper offices in His Girl Friday.  Reporters include Porter Hall, Cliff Edwards (the voice of Jiminy Crickett) and Roscoe Karns (his second of three Hawks films, preceded by Twentieth Century and followed by Mans Favorite Sport).

Mans Favorite Sport

Roscoe Carns in a promo still for Man’s Favorite Sport. Roscoe was in two other Howard Hawks comedies - His Girl Friday and Twentieth Century.

Roscoe Karns as Major Phipps in an original publicity still for Mans Favorite Sport (1964).

Roscoe was in two other Hawks comedies, Twentieth Century (1934) and His Girl Friday (1939)