Souls for Sale (1923)





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A woman leaves her dishonest husband at a desert train station. Remember Stedden (Eleanor Broadman) comes across a film crew busily involve in production. Actor Tom Holby (Frank Mayo) and director Frank Claymore (Richard Dix) befriend the woman and bring her back to Hollywood. Remember balks at taking a scree test when she recall the lurid rumors surrounding the film industry. She is given a tour of several studios and witnesses actual scenes of Greed being directed by Eric von Stroheim. Her views of the industry change and the screen test leads to stardom. The jilted husband discovers her location and tries to kill her. Remember discovers he is an opportunist who has married several times and his wives have all died mysteriously. Frank battles the villain to protect his new star from death. Barbara LaMarr, Charlie Chaplin, ZaSu Pitts, Lew Cody, and dozens of other stars of the time make cameo appearances. This inside look at the film industry came after several highly publicized scandals painted Hollywood as an immoral cesspool obsessed with sex, drugs, alcohol and murder. The feature served as damage control to the industry much maligned by the public.
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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The usual murderer-fake-husband-turned-savor plot hole of the 1920s aside, a very entertaining film full of cameos, self-mockery, and impressive effects.

Timothy Phelan
Timothy Phelan

the original cynical backstage hollywood movie - this is a wry, hilarious take on hollywood stardom during the peak of the silent era, complete with a catalog of huge-name director and actor cameos, most of them playing themselves. 'the player' of its day. the cynicism gives way to a happyish ending, though it's certainly an indictment against manipulative and abusive hollywood power players. the murderous con-man ex-husband plot is thrown in for standard thrills. it's thrilling as an open-eyed look at how the system operated in those days, and how so little has changed. a must-see for anyone who loves silent films and hollywood nostalgia

Joe LaRue
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