SKYSCRAPER SOULS
1932, Warner Bros., 99 min, USA, Dir: Edgar Selwyn

This Edgar Selwyn-directed melodrama practically shouts its amorality from the rooftops. Warren Williams is a ruthless financier who will crush anyone in his path to maintain control of a hundred-story skyscraper. Maureen O’Sullivan, Veree Teasdale and Hedda Hopper are the exploited women in his life. This glossy, sexy soaper, adapted from Faith Baldwin’s novel, aptly contrasts the poor working stiffs slaving away as Williams’ office tenants while he luxuriates in the lap of decadent luxury.


WAGON TRACKS
1919, Paramount, 64 min, USA, Dir: Lambert Hillyer

Produced by Thomas H. Ince (and beautifully shot by cinematographer Joe August), this Western has legendary silent screen star William S. Hart leading a wagon train across the wilderness - and trying to figure out who killed his brother.


ON THE NIGHT STAGE
1915, Mutual, 62 min, USA, Dir: Reginald Barker

Noted producer Thomas H. Ince penned the script to this film, one of silent star William S. Hart’s first feature-length Westerns. A new parson (Robert Edeson) converts saloon dancer Belle Shields (Rhea Mitchell), drawing her away from her stagecoach robber boyfriend (Hart) – until she attracts the attention of a ne’er do well gambler.


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