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Skyscraper Souls (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 16 July 1932 (USA)
An entrepreneur will let nothing stand in his way of acquiring a 100-story office building.

Director:

Edgar Selwyn

Writers:

Faith Baldwin (novel), C. Gardner Sullivan (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warren William ... David Dwight
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Lynn Harding
Gregory Ratoff ... Vinmont
Anita Page ... Jenny LeGrande
Verree Teasdale ... Sarah Dennis
Norman Foster ... Tom
George Barbier ... Charlie Norton
Jean Hersholt ... Jake Sorenson
Wallace Ford ... Slim
Hedda Hopper ... Ella Dwight
Helen Coburn Helen Coburn ... Myra
John Marston John Marston ... Bill
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Storyline

Aspirations and the lives of several people working at the gigantic Seacoast National Bank Building interweave in various plots. The most notable character is David Dwight, the womanizing bank owner who keeps his estranged wife happy by paying for her extravagant globetrotting. Dwight's long time secretary Sarah yearns for them to divorce so her affair with him can be legitimized. Sarah shows her good side by playing mother to the young innocent Lynn Harding, who she employs as an assistant. Beautiful Miss Harding is relentlessly pursued by extroverted bank teller Tom Sheppard, but he is frustrated when Dwight lures her away with power and wealth. Then Dwight ruins everyone's finances in a successful bid to get full control of his skyscraper by manipulating the company's stock price. Now there doesn't appear to be anyone who can prevent the power monger from taking advantage of the ingenue Harding-or is there? Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Skyscraper See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During filming of The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), Boris Karloff took time off to contribute a cameo to this film, seen at the 20 minute mark approaching a ticket counter as Norman Foster takes his leave. The camera immediately cuts away once the actor appears, so the purpose behind his cameo seems to have been deleted. See more »

Quotes

David 'Dave' Dwight: Well, I'll tell you, Sarah, I'm a peculiar man. I have to be free, or I'd stifle. Marriage is a possessive arrangement. I don't see how people stand it!
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Singin' in the Rain (1929)
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
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A Pre-Code delight
2 March 1999 | by RamblerSee all my reviews

Made before "the code" removed all "offensive" material from American movies, Skyscraper Souls combines the social commentary of a Warner Bros. film, the class of an MGM production, and the sleaziness of a pulp novel. Warren Williams, a great but sadly overlooked actor, is perfect as the nice-but-slimy David Dwight, bank entrepreneur, who has built a 100-story monument to himself and doesn't have the $30,000,000 to pay for it. How he gets the money and what happens to those who unwittingly fall into his trap, constitutes the main thrust of the narrative. The film is full of diverse characters, all trying to eek out a living in the towering Dwight Bldg. The many plotlines cross and criss-cross, and the end is more realistic than one would expect from a "Hollywood" film. Watch for it on TCM, or on Laserdisc, in the "Forbidden Hollywood" set.


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