Fig Leaves. 1926. USA. Directed by Howard Hawks. With George O’Brien, Olive Borden, Phyllis Haver. 35mm. 70 min.
Howard Hawks spent his apprenticeship as a director at Fox Film, where he made eight features while gradually developing the distinctive style and set of themes that would come to be known as “Hawksian.” This, his second film (the first is lost), already shows Hawks’s comic flair and formal invention, beginning with a proto-Flintstones look at life in the Garden of Eden and flashing forward to a contemporary tale of a New York plumber (George O’Brien) and his fashion-obsessed wife (Olive Borden). Organ accompaniment by Ben Model.