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The Signal Tower (1924)

A railroad worker accepts a colleague's offer to stay in his home, but when his friend is called out one night to stop a runaway train, he makes a play for the man's wife.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Wadsworth Camp (article), James O. Spearing (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Virginia Valli ... Sally Taylor
Rockliffe Fellowes ... Dave Taylor
Frankie Darro ... Sonny Taylor
Wallace Beery ... Joe Standish
James O. Barrows ... Old Bill
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Pete
Dot Farley ... Cousin Gertie
Clarence Brown ... Switch Man
Jitney the Dog Jitney the Dog ... Jitney
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A railroad worker accepts a colleague's offer to stay in his home, but when his friend is called out one night to stop a runaway train, he makes a play for the man's wife.

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Greater Than "The Storm"

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Drama

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A print of this film survives in the UCLA Film and Television Archives. See more »

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Solid Programmer
12 September 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Rockcliffe Fellowes is the tower man on a mountain pass. He lives a few hundred yards away with his wife, Virginia Valli, and their son, Frankie Darro. When Wallace Beery comes in as shift manager, he stays with them... until Miss Valli grows worried about the innuendos he keeps making. It all comes to a head one stormy evening, when Beery is liquored up and Fellowes is trying to deal with a runaway train.

Clarence Brown's movie looks like pretty much a standard programmer for a Universal film, but it has some nice touches to it, including a working knowledge of how switch towers actually work, and a pretty good arc from idyllic to thrilling. The cast is eked out with roles for Dot Farley and J. Farrell MacDonald. It's another competent production from Universal that still plays pretty well.


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

20 July 1924 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das rote Signal See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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