Lon Chaney plays a ventriloquist-turned-criminal who joins forces with two other sideshow performers to open a pet shop and steal jewels. Just go with it. Chaney reunited with director Tod Browning for this strange crime drama.
A behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood and how it’s the lovey-bestest place to work in the whole, wide world and no one has any skeletons in their closet, nosirree, they work so gosh-darn hard that they haven’t time! Industry propaganda from a time when scandal threatened the very foundation of American motion pictures. The schizophrenic plot also involves a serial killer, so there’s that. Excellent cast (Richard Dix, Mae Busch, Billy Haines) can’t save this picture from its own wild inconsistencies.
Sometimes you just have to cut your losses and make a graceful exit. Of course, it helps if you happen to be wearing a helmet with a hinged face plate, as Mae Busch is in Souls for Sale.
A behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood, circa 1923. Eleanor Boardman plays a kid with a dream of stardom. The biggest names in the silent film industry serve as her backdrop, everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Erich von Stroheim. The only fly in the ointment is that she kind of married a serial killer a while back. Whoopsy.
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I have branched into television! Action show 24 reimagined as a 1927 serial.
I must ask for more indulgence than usual with this poster. It is highly unlikely that top-tier actors would consent to appear in a serial. This is make-believe so I hope you forgive me. Rugged Milton Sills is just so perfect for the part! The bad guys won’t stand a chance and, best of all, he can act!
Let’s dust off a pre-Code mad scientist picture. And, as an added bonus, let’s choose one filmed in two strip Technicolor and directed by Michael Curtiz, of Robin Hood, Casablanca and Mildred Pierce fame. Even better, let’s choose one that has horror veteran Lionel Atwill and scream queen Fay Wray.