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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
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American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films 1931-1940 identifies Arnold Lucy as playing Hamilton; actually, Lucy plays one of the other bankers, and William Morris plays Hamilton. See more »
How many millions do I have to make for you before I gain your confidence?
David 'Dave' Dwight:
Hamilton, I've got what I want - I own this building now. It's mine.
You seem kinda' crazy about it.
David 'Dave' Dwight:
Why wouldn't I be? They laughed at me when I said I wanted a hundred-story building. They said it wouldn't hold together. But I had the courage and the vision and it's MINE and I own it! It goes halfway to hell and right up to heaven and it's beautiful!
I'll admit it's an achievement, but...
David 'Dave' Dwight:
[Cutting him off]
You bet it is...
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Utterly ruthless & immoral, the owner of New York's tallest building plots & schemes to keep control of his creation, trampling upon anyone who gets in his way. Others working in the great colossus also live lives of drama & everyday excitement. All these SKYSCRAPER SOULS will soon find themselves bound together by greed, lust, betrayal, suicide & murder.
Practically screaming its pre-Production Code status, this neglected film is rather fascinating in the risqué development of its plot. Sex, both leering & suggested, plays an important role in the story. By making its hero a man both charming & completely treacherous, open to any underhand suggestion, it makes a lie out of Louis B. Mayer's assertion that all of MGM's product was family friendly. Even today, this is potent, powerful material. And absolutely engaging.
Warren William is almost distressingly good as the unscrupulous building owner, around whom much of the action revolves. His blunt dishonesty almost makes chicanery respectable.
The rest of the cast is equally proficient:
Maureen O'Sullivan as a naive young secretary lusted over by William & loved by brash bank clerk Norman Foster.
Gregory Ratoff, hilarious as a harried dressmaker.
Anita Page as a brash prostitute/model beloved by noble jeweler Jean Hersholt.
Verree Teasdale, William's mistress for 12 years, finally pushed to the breaking point.
Wallace Ford as a radio announcer, tragically driven to desperation by his love of unhappily married Helen Coburn.
George Barbier as a jolly fat debauchee, one of William's eventual financial victims.
And Hedda Hopper, William's absent, knowing wife - very content with his money, but not his company.
Movie mavens will also recognize Billy Gilbert as a lobby cigarette stand owner, Edward Brophy & Doris Lloyd as the man & woman in the elevator.
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