Skin Deep (1929)

64 mins | Melodrama | 7 September 1929

Director:

Ray Enright

Writer:

Gordon Rigby

Cinematographer:

Barney McGill

Editor:

George Marks

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to a production directory in the 9 Mar 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for Skin Deep was 4 Feb 1929.
       Skin Deep was a remake of the 1922 Associated First National release of the same name, directed by Lambert Hillyer and starring Milton Sills and Florence Vidor (1922, see entry). It is possible that the Marc Edmund Jones story "Lucky Damage," which was credit as the source of both films, was an original screen story rather than a short ... More Less

According to a production directory in the 9 Mar 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for Skin Deep was 4 Feb 1929.
       Skin Deep was a remake of the 1922 Associated First National release of the same name, directed by Lambert Hillyer and starring Milton Sills and Florence Vidor (1922, see entry). It is possible that the Marc Edmund Jones story "Lucky Damage," which was credit as the source of both films, was an original screen story rather than a short short. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World
9 Mar 1929
p. 41.
Film Daily
6 Oct 1929.
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New York Times
30 Sep 1929
p. 23.
Variety
2 Oct 1929
p. 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Lucky Damage" by Marc Edmund Jones (publication undetermined).
SONGS
"I Came to You," words and music by Sidney Mitchell, Archie Gottler and Con Conrad.
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 September 1929
Production Date:
began 4 February 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
11 August 1929
Copyright Number:
LP588
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si, 2 Nov; 5,035 ft.
Duration(in mins):
64
Length(in feet):
5,964
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Joe Daley is the toughened underworld leader of a downtown mob, but he undergoes a reformation when Sadie, a golddigging showgirl, consents to marry him. Her dismay forces her to team with Joe's crosstown rival, Blackie Culver, in framing Joe for the theft of a hundred grand, which he was actually trying to return to District Attorney John Carlson as evidence of his resolution. Joe is sent up for 5 years but, duped by Sadie's solicitous visits, remains unaware of her complicity, deceit, and continuing adultery. She and Blackie further deceive Joe that the D. A. has designs upon Sadie, and she implores him to escape and avenge her "honor." He does so, avoiding the machine-gunning guards, but crashes on a motorcycle and is discovered by Elsa Langdon, who rescues him and has her plastic surgeon father remake his battered visage. Joe returns to the city unrecognized, still bent upon his revenge, but through his disguise is shown Goldie's treachery. She succumbs to a bullet meant for him, and Joe (with his dog, Mugs) returns to Elsa and her innocent pastoral life, to start ... +


Joe Daley is the toughened underworld leader of a downtown mob, but he undergoes a reformation when Sadie, a golddigging showgirl, consents to marry him. Her dismay forces her to team with Joe's crosstown rival, Blackie Culver, in framing Joe for the theft of a hundred grand, which he was actually trying to return to District Attorney John Carlson as evidence of his resolution. Joe is sent up for 5 years but, duped by Sadie's solicitous visits, remains unaware of her complicity, deceit, and continuing adultery. She and Blackie further deceive Joe that the D. A. has designs upon Sadie, and she implores him to escape and avenge her "honor." He does so, avoiding the machine-gunning guards, but crashes on a motorcycle and is discovered by Elsa Langdon, who rescues him and has her plastic surgeon father remake his battered visage. Joe returns to the city unrecognized, still bent upon his revenge, but through his disguise is shown Goldie's treachery. She succumbs to a bullet meant for him, and Joe (with his dog, Mugs) returns to Elsa and her innocent pastoral life, to start anew. +

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