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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 ...
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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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Almas à Venda  »

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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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The credited performers following Lew Cody are identified on the intertitle cards in the order they appear in the film. See more »

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Classic story told with little flair
6 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For a modern audience, Souls for Sale (1923) is nothing we have not seen before. It's the small-town girl becomes big star overnight story, with healthy helpings of romantic melodrama thrown in. It's a story that can be done well, but here it's done with little to distinguish it from other movies of its kind.

Eleanor Boardman, a truly underrated talent, does well in the lead, with all the other actors giving solid performances. Silent film mavens will enjoy the topical humor and cameos of famous directors and stars of the early 1920s. (My favorite inter-title takes a jab at The Sheik (1921), a masterpiece of old time kitsch.) In the end, silent film geeks will get more out of this than casual viewers will.


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