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      Howard Hughes presents Scarface The Outlaw Hells Angels



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    • Swell Hogan (1926)  Directed by and starring Ralph Graves, an old friend of Howard Hughes Sr. About a Bowery Bum, it was so bad it was never released.

    • Everybody's Acting (1926)  Written and directed by silent era stalwart Marshall Neilan, this lightweight comedy about five actors who adopt a baby girl was a surprise hit — helping to pave Hughes in Hollywood.

    • Two Arabian Knights (1927)  Two World War I doughboys break out of a German prison camp and wind up in an Arabian harem. Director Lewis Milestone received an Academy Award as best director of a comedy.

    • The Racket (1928)  Underworld drama directed by Lewis Milestone, a critically acclaimed forerunner to Scarface. Remade by Hughes at RKO in the fifties.

    • The Mating Call (1928)  Based on a popular novel of the day, about a marriage of convenience that leads to love.

    • Hell's Angels (1930)  Hughes was just twenty-five when he directed this saga of two brothers in the Royal Air Force (James Hall and Ben Lyon) who face uncertainty in the skies and vie for the same woman - Jean Harlow, a Hughes discovery. She became a star with the line "Would you be terribly shocked if I slipped into something more comfortable?" The aerial sequences remain unsurpassed.

      Hell's Angels


    • The Age for Love (1931)  A "modern picture based on the days most common problem — should the young wife work?" A vehicle for beautiful Billie Dove, the former Ziegfeld showgirl turned silent-movie queen, who became Hughes's paramour and contract player.

    • Cock of the Air (1931)  Billie Dove plays a French temptress in love with a handsome American aviator.

    • The Front Page (1931)  Pat O'Brien became a star, opposite Adolphe Menjou, in this saga of Chicago newspapermen, faithfully adapted from the hit play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur.

    • Sky Devils (1931)  Leftover Hell's Angels footage went into this slapstick service comedy starring a young Spencer Tracy.

    • Scarface (1932)  Paul Muni shot his way to fame as a vicious, manic gangster who, per Variety, is so tough he could "make Capone his errand boy." George Raft likewise found stardom. Directed by Howard Hawks, written by Ben Hecht, loosely based on the saga of Al Capone. Hughes battled censors for two years to get the picture released. It remains one of the eras great films.

      Scarface, 1932


    • The Outlaw (1943)  The notorious Western starring Hughes's most famous discovery, Jane Russell, and Jack Beutel as Billy the Kid. When Howard Hawks tired of his interference, Hughes took over as director. With its emphasis on cleavage and sexuality the movie riled the censors for a decade. (For one scene, Hughes redesigned Russell's brassiere.)

    • The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)  Silent comedian Harold Lloyd came out of retirement to reprise his madcap character. Written and directed by Preston Sturges, with whom Hughes was briefly teamed in a production company. Reissued during Hughes's RKO epoch as Mad Wednesday.


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      • Hughes acquired control of RKO Pictures in May 1948. During his reign he became the only man to solely own a film studio, which he finally sold in July 1955. Among the RKO titles that bear Hughes's signature are the following:


    • The Big Steal (1949)  Crime caper with Robert Mitchum (just after his marijuana bust), Hughes's favorite actor and good friend, and Jane Greer, on whom Hughes was fixated.

    • Holiday Affair (1949)  Romantic comedy with Janet Leigh, another Hughes obsession, and Robert Mitchum.

    • Outrage (1950)  Ida Lupino (a teenager when she dated Hughes in the thirties) became a pioneering female director with this then-daring drama of a young rape victim (Hughes contract player Mala Powers) trying to start life anew.

    • Stromboli (1950)  Never one to miss an opportunity to capitalize on scandal, Hughes had RKO launch a major publicity campaign for this Italian-made Ingrid Bergman movie — her first after she fled the States when it was discovered she was pregnant with the child of director Roberto Rossellini. Ad copy featured a volcano on the island of Stromboli spurting lava, with lines such as "Raging Island . . . Raging Passions!"

      Stromboli, 1950


    • Vendetta (1950)  Long in production (shooting began August 1946), this film traversed three different directors and cost more than $3 million. Produced by Hughes, this period saga stars his girlfriend Faith Domergue and contract actor George Dolenz (whose career stalled under Hughes), in a story of Corsican honor and revenge. Produced by Hughes.

    • Where Danger Lives (1950)  Hughes's lover Faith Domergue as a psychopath who dupes Robert Mitchum.

    • Best of the Badmen (1951)  After ten years under contract, Jack Beutel (The Outlaw) gets a second film. (A year later, he starred in RKO's The Half-Breed.)

    • Double Dynamite (1951)  The title refers to Jane Russell's endowments. Implausible comedy about bank clerks Russell and Frank Sinatra, who get romantic tips from . . . Groucho Marx.

    • Flying Leathernecks (1951)  The first of three RKO-Hughes titles starring friend and fellow patriot John Wayne, about the war in the South Pacific. Bears the credit "Howard Hughes Presents."

      Flying Leathernecks, 1951


    • Gambling House (1951)  Hughes ordered the filmmakers to cast "the beautifully stacked" Terry Moore, his girlfriend, as a social worker who reforms tough guy Victor Mature.

    • Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951)  Ida Lupino directs Sally Forrest, who plays a young tennis champion. "When Howard heard I didn't know how to play tennis, he wanted me to take lessons at his house — at night," recalls Forrest. She turned him down—and eventually bailed out other contract with Hughes.

    • His Kind of Woman (1951)  "Howard Hughes Presents" Jane Russell and Robert Mitchum in a romantic adventure set at a Mexican resort.

    • My Forbidden Past (1951)  Ava Gardner, with whom Hughes had a lengthy relationship, opposite Robert Mitchum, in a period drama set in nineteenth-century New Orleans.

    • Roadblock (1951)  Joan Dixon, a former beauty queen discovered by Hughes, as a femme fatale.

    • Two Tickets to Broadway (1951)  Musical starring Janet Leigh and Tony Martin; it was in production so long that Martin worried that his fans would forget who he was.

    • The Whip Hand (1951)  When Hughes began fighting Hollywood communists he re-edited this drama: a plot about Hitler and Nazi criminals was turned into a story of communists and germ warfare. Stars Carla Balenda (real name Sally Bliss), a Hughes contract player, who recalls, "It was such a good little picture, until Howard got involved."

    • The Las Vegas Story (1952)  More of Jane Russell, this time teamed with Victor Mature.

      The Las Vegas Story, 1952


    • Macao (1952)  Jane Russell, reunited with Robert Mitchum. Film triggered Hughes's famed four-page memo regarding Russell's breasts and the design of her brassiere.

    • One Minute to Zero (1952)  The U.S. Army co-operated with the making of this movie but retaliated during its release due to a scene in which Robert Mitchum, as a colonel, orders artillery fire on South Korean refugees because he believes North Koreans are among them. With Ann Blyth as a United Nations worker who falls for Mitchum.

    • Androcles and the Lion (1952)  Jean Simmons, who "awoke one morning to find I had been bought by Howard Hughes" (who bought her contract from Britain's Rank Organization), made her American film debut in this sand and toga tale, playing a Christian opposite Roman soldier Victor Mature. To spice up the story, Hughes had a "Vestal Virgins" sequence added, after production had wrapped. But the scene was ultimately scrapped.

    • Angel Face (1953)  Psychological drama, starring Jean Simmons. To spite Hughes, Simmons took scissors to her hair during preproduction, thus her very chic short haircut. Co-starring Robert Mitchum; directed by Otto Preminger, one of Hollywood's most fearsome directors.

    • The French Line (1954)  Shipboard silliness with Jane Russell—in 3-D— as a Texas oil gal who wears lots of barely-there costumes. Censors were not amused.

    • Susan Slept Here (1954)  Comedy with Dick Powell as a middle-aged screenwriter who falls in love with runaway teenager Debbie Reynolds. Hughes so admired Reynolds that he later insisted she be hired to perform at his Las Vegas hotels.

      Susan Slept Here, 1954


    • Son of Sinbad (1955)  Arabian Nights tale starring a bemused-looking Dale Robertson and Vincent Price, and forty gorgeous, well-endowed women as the forty thieves. To promote this movie, the Sinbadettes toured the country.

    • Underwater (1955)  Another Jane Russell entry, this time involving sunken treasure. More exciting than the movie was the press premiere, actually held underwater.

    • The Conqueror (1956)  A miscast John Wayne as Genghis Khan, and former Hughes lover Susan Hayward as the Tartar beauty he wants. ("This Tartar woman is for me and my blood says take her'") "A Howard Hughes Presentation" that had the critics howling. Hughes liked it so much he bought the movie outright.

    • Jet Pilot (1957)  Hughes's biggest RKO failure, it was in production so long that by the time of its release, the aviation sequences looked dated—and Hughes was no longer at the controls of RKO. With John Wayne as the all-American airman in love with Soviet pilot Janet Leigh. "A Howard Hughes Presentation."


    • Source: the best book on Hughes, Howard Hughes - The Untold Story (The life that inspired Martin Scorsese's The Aviator)









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