Skyscraper (1928)

70 mins | Drama | 9 April 1928

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HISTORY

Referring to the film as The Skyscraper, the 25 May 1927 FD listed the picture as one of the forthcoming features from Cecil B. De Mille’s Producers Distributing Corp. (P.D.C.), set to star William Boyd. The 10 Jun 1927 Motion Picture News credited the original story idea to Dudley Murphy.
       According to the 23 Oct 1927 FD, Frederic Chapin had recently completed writing the adaptation, but he was not credited for his contribution.
       On 8 Nov 1927, FD announced that Howard Higgin had been signed to direct the film, now being referred to simply as Skyscraper. Principal photography began on 28 Nov 1927 at De Mille Studios in Culver City, CA, as listed in a 7 Jan 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World production chart.
       The 18 Dec 1927 FD added Wesley Barry to the cast, and the 2 Feb 1928 issue reported that production had recently finished.
       Although the 5 Feb 1928 FD announced that a sequel was in the works by De Mille, with Higgin and the original cast returning, the picture was never produced.
       Skyscraper was released on 9 Apr 1928, according to a 14 Jul 1928 Motion Picture News release chart. The 11 Apr 1928 Var review indicated that the film had opened in New York City at the Paramount Theatre. The review deemed the picture “beautifully acted and ably directed,” noting its “excellent sentimental vein, touched and colored with delightful comedy and all tinged with a certain whimsical quality.”
       Writer Elliott Clawson received an Academy Award nomination in 1930 ... More Less

Referring to the film as The Skyscraper, the 25 May 1927 FD listed the picture as one of the forthcoming features from Cecil B. De Mille’s Producers Distributing Corp. (P.D.C.), set to star William Boyd. The 10 Jun 1927 Motion Picture News credited the original story idea to Dudley Murphy.
       According to the 23 Oct 1927 FD, Frederic Chapin had recently completed writing the adaptation, but he was not credited for his contribution.
       On 8 Nov 1927, FD announced that Howard Higgin had been signed to direct the film, now being referred to simply as Skyscraper. Principal photography began on 28 Nov 1927 at De Mille Studios in Culver City, CA, as listed in a 7 Jan 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World production chart.
       The 18 Dec 1927 FD added Wesley Barry to the cast, and the 2 Feb 1928 issue reported that production had recently finished.
       Although the 5 Feb 1928 FD announced that a sequel was in the works by De Mille, with Higgin and the original cast returning, the picture was never produced.
       Skyscraper was released on 9 Apr 1928, according to a 14 Jul 1928 Motion Picture News release chart. The 11 Apr 1928 Var review indicated that the film had opened in New York City at the Paramount Theatre. The review deemed the picture “beautifully acted and ably directed,” noting its “excellent sentimental vein, touched and colored with delightful comedy and all tinged with a certain whimsical quality.”
       Writer Elliott Clawson received an Academy Award nomination in 1930 for Skyscraper. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
7 Jan 1928
p. 43.
Film Daily
25 May 1927
p. 4.
Film Daily
23 Oct 1927
p. 10.
Film Daily
8 Nov 1927
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 Dec 1927
p. 11.
Film Daily
2 Feb 1928
p. 3.
Film Daily
5 Feb 1928
p. 10.
Film Daily
15 Apr 1928
p. 4.
Motion Picture News
10 Jun 1927
p. 2277.
Motion Picture News
14 Jul 1928
p. 161.
New York Times
9 Apr 1928
p. 18.
Variety
11 Apr 1928
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Cost
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Skyscraper
Release Date:
9 April 1928
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 7 April 1928
Production Date:
28 November 1927--January or February 1928
Copyright Claimant:
Pathé Exchange, inc.
Copyright Date:
2 April 1928
Copyright Number:
LP25114
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70
Length(in feet):
7,040
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Blondy and Slim, buddies, are high steel construction workers. Blondy falls and is seriously injured while attempting to rescue Slim. As a result of his injury he can no longer work, and he descends into a reclusive depression. Only after his friend pretends to be interested in his sweetheart does he recover his spirit and become well ... +


Blondy and Slim, buddies, are high steel construction workers. Blondy falls and is seriously injured while attempting to rescue Slim. As a result of his injury he can no longer work, and he descends into a reclusive depression. Only after his friend pretends to be interested in his sweetheart does he recover his spirit and become well again. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
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