7.2/10
743
24 user 5 critic

Souls for Sale (1923)

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

Director:

Rupert Hughes

Writers:

Rupert Hughes (serial novel: Red Book), Rupert Hughes (adapted by)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Wild Oranges (1924)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Millie Stope lives with her grandfather on a remote island. Her grandfather fled there for political reasons. But they're not alone. An escaped prisoner, Nicholas, is terrorizing them, and ... See full summary »

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Frank Mayo, Virginia Valli, Ford Sterling
The Temptress (1926)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An architect tries suppressing his passion for a seductive woman.

Directors: Fred Niblo, Mauritz Stiller
Stars: Greta Garbo, Antonio Moreno, Marc McDermott
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An attractive Russian spy seduces an Austrian officer in order to get some important plans, but when she actually falls in love with him, both of them are placed in a dangerous situation.

Director: Fred Niblo
Stars: Greta Garbo, Conrad Nagel, Gustav von Seyffertitz
Torrent (1926)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young girl and her father are kicked out of their house by a cruel noblewoman, and the girl's heart is broken when her sweetheart, the noblewoman's son, won't go to Paris with them. After... See full summary »

Director: Monta Bell
Stars: Ricardo Cortez, Greta Garbo, Gertrude Olmstead
The Kiss (1929)
Certificate: Passed Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An unhappily married woman is caught up in scandal and murder when her affection toward a young man is misinterpreted.

Director: Jacques Feyder
Stars: Greta Garbo, Conrad Nagel, Anders Randolf
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A drunkard priest who has been cast out by his community struggles to atone and regain his honour and dignity.

Director: Mauritz Stiller
Stars: Lars Hanson, Sven Scholander, Ellen Hartman-Cederström
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The wealthy Arden Stuart is bored in a party; after refusing the wedding proposal of Tommy Hewlett, she drives her car with her driver to a lonely place. She has one night stand with him ... See full summary »

Director: John S. Robertson
Stars: Greta Garbo, Nils Asther, Johnny Mack Brown
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A prostitute seeking a fresh start becomes the obsession of a religious extremist.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Blanche Friderici, Charles Lane
Love (1927)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A married woman compromises her social standing and family life when she falls for a young officer.

Directors: Edmund Goulding, John Gilbert
Stars: John Gilbert, Greta Garbo, George Fawcett
Comedy | Romance | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two American soldiers are captured by the Germans on the Western Front during World War One and escape a POW camp only to stumble into further life-threatening adventures when they come across an Arabian king's daughter while on the lam.

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: William Boyd, Mary Astor, Louis Wolheim
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A former boxer turned cab driver has to hide from the police when his badgering wife is murdered by the jewel thief she was having an affair with.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: John Payne, Evelyn Keyes, Brad Dexter
King of Jazz (1930)
Animation | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

American Pre-Code color film starring Paul Whiteman and his Jazz orchestra.

Director: John Murray Anderson
Stars: Paul Whiteman, John Boles, Laura La Plante
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eleanor Boardman ... Remember 'Mem' Steddon
Frank Mayo ... Tom Holby
Richard Dix ... Frank Claymore
Mae Busch ... Robina Teele
Barbara La Marr ... Leva Lemaire
Lew Cody ... Owen Scudder
Forrest Robinson Forrest Robinson ... Rev. John Steddon
Edith Murgatroyd Edith Murgatroyd ... Mrs. Steddon (as Edith Yorke)
Snitz Edwards ... Komical Kale
William Haines ... Pinkey
Dale Fuller ... Abigail Tweedy
Erich von Stroheim ... Himself
Jean Hersholt ... Himself
Charles Chaplin ... Himself
Fred Niblo ... Himself
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Story of a Movie Star in Hollywood See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1923 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Almas à Venda See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2006 alternate) |

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

As Mem and Scudder sit together in the caboose, his left arm rests on the back of their seat, disappears in the next shot, reappears in the next shot, then disappears in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: Robina played such impossibly virtuous sweeties before the camera that she just had to be a bit catty when things went wrong away from the lens.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

In 2006, Turner Entertainment Co. copyrighted a 90-minute version with a score composed by Marcus Sjowall and conducted by Mark Watters See more »

Connections

Edited into Hollywood: Trick of the Light (1980) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
I loved Souls for Sale 1923
24 January 2006 | by melancholytrolopSee 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!


8 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 24 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed