Howard Hawks’ early career

Slander the Woman (1923) was the last film from Associated Producers, Howard Hawks’ venture into film financing and production with Allen Dwan, Marshal Neilan and Allen Holubar.

Todd McCarthy in The Grey Fox of Hollywood said of the film “ It was, from all accounts, a real dog, an ignominious end to a company that started out strongly but had, at best, an erratic artistic and commercial track record.”

 

Howard Hawks’ early career

Dorothy Phillips in a publicity still for Slander the Woman (1923), the third of three pictures directed by her husband Alan Holubar, for the independent Associated Producers., of which rich kid Howard Hawks was included as a financial backer.  It signaled the end of Associated Producers.

Hawks blamed the failure of the company on the fact that all three of the directors were led astray by women.  He told film historian Kevin Brownlow that “each one of them ran into some girl he thought was Sarah Bernhardt.  They started to make pictures and that was the end of us.  Oh brother, we made some stinkers.  I decided no more directors, I was going to direct myself.   And that I was never going to get mixed up with any girl – that can be done outside office hours.  Because it was all very strange.  All three of them went the same way.  Just that quick.”

Howard Hawks’ early career

Setting up a complicated shot on the set of Slander the Woman (1923).  Directed by Allen Holubar, this was his third film for Associated Producers, all starring his wife Dorothy Phillips.  It was the independent production company’s final film.  Howard Hawks, as one of the producers, was now considering a career as a director.  He would begin directing in 1926.

Howard Hawks’ early career

Slander the Woman (1923) is the story of a Montreal society girl who is branded the other woman in a murder case and retreats to her father’s hunting lodge near Hudson’s Bay.  This publicity still features Ynez Seabury as an Indian girl.  Ynez had 34 acting credits, beginning at the age of three in 1911, to an uncredited bit in Samson and Delilah in 1949.  Most of her credits in the sound era were in Cecil B DeMille’s productions, in small or uncredited parts.

 

 

Howard Hawks’ early career

Slander the Woman premiered Apr 16, 1923.  It was the last film from Associated Producers, Inc, that included Howard Hawks as a financial backer.  They produced 14 films since 1920.