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Souls for Sale (1923)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  22 April 1923 (USA)
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A young woman hits Hollywood, determined to become a star.



(serial novel: Red Book), (adapted by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eleanor Boardman ...
Frank Mayo ...
Tom Holby
Frank Claymore
Mae Busch ...
Robina Teele
Leva Lemaire
Lew Cody ...
Owen Scudder
Forrest Robinson ...
Rev. John Steddon
Edith Yorke ...
Mrs. Steddon
Snitz Edwards ...
Komical Kale - the Klown
Pinkey - Assistant Director
Dale Fuller ...
Abigail Tweedy - Singer
Himself - Celebrity Director
Himself - Celebrity Actor
Himself - Celebrity Director
Fred Niblo ...
Himself - Celebrity Director


On board a train en route to Los Angeles, runaway bride Remember Steddon, believing now that she married in haste, abandons her husband, Owen Scudder, not knowing at the time that Scudder had previously married and murdered solely for money. Unprepared to be on her own, Mem, as she is known to her friends, accidentally stumbles across the outdoor set of a Hollywood movie directed by Frank Claymore. Mem is welcomed onto the set by the cast and crew. But as the shooting moves on, Mem decides to pursue other avenues, as she had been taught by her conservative parents that movie acting was a disreputable occupation. But needing work, Mem decides to try her hand at being an actress. This task is easier said than done, until she runs across Claymore again, he who is determined to make her a star. As her movie stardom does indeed rise, so does the admiration of adoration of legions, including her director Claymore, and her leading man Tom Holby. A further consequence of her stardom is that ... Written by Huggo

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This film offers behind-the-scenes footage of two legendary silent era director/performers at work: Charles Chaplin directing his comedy-drama A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923) and Erich von Stroheim directing Greed (1924). See more »


Frank Claymore: Holby, I'd be much obliged if you'd leave that nice little girl alone.
Tom Holby: What's it to you?
Frank Claymore: None of your damned business.
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The credited performers following Lew Cody are identified on the intertitle cards in the order they appear in the film. See more »


References The Famous Mrs. Fair (1923) See more »

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The Hollywood Circus from Rupert Holmes
12 September 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Beautiful Eleanor Boardman (as Remember "Mem" Steddon) has just married amorous Lew Cody (as Owen Scudder). But, contemplating her coming honeymoon nights makes Ms. Boardman recoil from Mr. Cody. Suddenly, Boardman jumps off the train carrying the unhappily married couple through the desert of early Los Angeles, California. Almost dead from struggling through the Hollywood sand, Boardman collapses on the location setting for a movie directed by Richard Dix (as Frank Claymore). Boardman reluctantly decides to bloom where she is planted; and, she becomes a movie star. Boardman is romanced by "director" Dix and matinée idol Frank Mayo (as Tom Holby). Meanwhile, estranged husband Cody plans his "comeback"…

The melodramatic "Souls for Sale" moves way too quickly, and is not structured for easy viewing. For example, details about the characters played by Boardman and Cody are revealed too late for full dramatic impact. The story is more interesting during a second viewing. Writer Rupert Holmes (uncle of eccentric Howard Hughes) didn't direct many movies, but he does exceptionally well, helming his own "Souls for Sale". The direction of the "circus" scenes is filled with exciting, memorable moments. And, the calmer scenes aren't bad either, like the scene wherein Cody holds framed photographs of his handsome rivals (Dix and Mayo) up to Boardman's mirror. Big names in 1923 filmdom appear in supporting and cameo roles.

******* Souls for Sale (3/27/23) Rupert Holmes ~ Eleanor Boardman, Lew Cody, Richard Dix, Frank Mayo

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