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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.

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Frank Mayo ...
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Frank Claymore
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Robina Teele
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Leva Lemaire
Lew Cody ...
Owen Scudder
Forrest Robinson ...
Rev. John Steddon
Edith Yorke ...
Mrs. Steddon
Snitz Edwards ...
Komical Kale - the Klown
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Pinkey - Assistant Director
Dale Fuller ...
Abigail Tweedy
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Himself - Celebrity Director
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Himself - Celebrity Actor
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Himself - Celebrity Director
Fred Niblo ...
Himself - Celebrity Director
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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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22 April 1923 (USA)  »

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Leva is mourning for her lover Tim, who was killed in an airplane accident while both were at work on the same film. This could have been inspired by the death of Ormer Locklear, who died in an accident during the filming of The Skywayman (1920). He was romantically involved with actress Viola Dana at the time. Dana did not appear in The Skywayman, but she was present at the time of the accident. Dana account of the traumatic incident can be seen in an episode of Hollywood (1980). See more »

Quotes

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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I loved Souls for Sale 1923
24 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't normally enjoy silent movies and watch only about halfway through BUT "Souls for Sale" 1923 was a delight! It was fun for me to actually see some of the famous names I'd only read about.You get the feeling that you are visiting Hollywood of yesteryear. As a matter of fact my niece commented "it looks like a commercial for Hollywood".If you are like me, you are fascinated by OLD Hollywood; I love the gossip, the scandals, the old cemeteries, etc. What's amusing is that they are "poking fun" at their own foibles and it was still such an innocent place!Keep your eyes on the "dastardly womanizer" who repeatedly turns women's hearts and heads because he is a HOOT!Modern women of 2006 would never fall for his silliness but I assume a lot of his "dramatics" are on purpose and over the top so we can hate him but still find pity for his character. I saw it on TMC the Turner classic movie channel. It wasn't in perfect shape but very good for it's age and the restoration is wonderful. The musical score was so fitting even to a scene where the orchestra was playing on a movie set and the score was playing the same instruments as the actors/musicians on the screen. It's an admirable job that is being undertaken to restore these real "time capsules" of Hollywood history. So pop yourself some corn, sit back, and watch with delight!


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