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Henry Irving Dodge’s short story Skinner's Dress Suit was published as a novel in Boston in 1916. This was the first in a series of three "Skinner" films made by Essanay in 1917. All three films were based on stories and novels by Dodge, were directed by Harry Beaumont and starred Bryant Washburn and Hazel Daly. According to news item, Skinner's Dress Suit was bought by Victor Kremer in 1920 and redistributed through state rights channels.
       Universal Pictures released a new version of Skinner's Dress Suit in 1926, directed by William A. Seiter and starring Reginald Denny and Laura La Plante. Universal made another version of the story in 1929, this time under the title Skinner Steps Out , directed by William James Craft and starring Glen Tryon and Merna Kennedy. The 1928 F.B.O. production, Skinner's Big Idea , was directed by Lynn Shores and starred Washburn and Ethel Grey Terry. That film was based on the novel Skinner's Big Idea (see entries above and below). ... More Less

Henry Irving Dodge’s short story Skinner's Dress Suit was published as a novel in Boston in 1916. This was the first in a series of three "Skinner" films made by Essanay in 1917. All three films were based on stories and novels by Dodge, were directed by Harry Beaumont and starred Bryant Washburn and Hazel Daly. According to news item, Skinner's Dress Suit was bought by Victor Kremer in 1920 and redistributed through state rights channels.
       Universal Pictures released a new version of Skinner's Dress Suit in 1926, directed by William A. Seiter and starring Reginald Denny and Laura La Plante. Universal made another version of the story in 1929, this time under the title Skinner Steps Out , directed by William James Craft and starring Glen Tryon and Merna Kennedy. The 1928 F.B.O. production, Skinner's Big Idea , was directed by Lynn Shores and starred Washburn and Ethel Grey Terry. That film was based on the novel Skinner's Big Idea (see entries above and below).
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SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
ETR
10 Feb 17
p. 705.
MPN
17 Feb 17
p. 1093.
MPN
11 Dec 20
p. 4510.
MPW
4 Aug 17
p. 849.
MPW
17 Feb 17
p. 1033.
NYDM
20 Jan 17
p. 24.
NYDM
10 Feb 17
p. 26.
Variety
9 Feb 17
p. 23.
Wid's
8 Feb 17
p. 86.
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LITERARY
Based on the short story "Skinner's Dress Suit" by Henry Irving Dodge ( The Saturday Evening Post , 23 Sep 1916).
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
5 February 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Essanay Film Mfg. Co.
Copyright Date:
27 January 1917
Copyright Number:
LP10085
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Skinner is a faithful employee, but lacks initiative. One morning, at the urging of his wife Honey, he promises to ask for a raise. On the way to work, however, he slowly loses his courage, and by the time he has his interview with his boss, he has gone from demanding a raise to suggesting an decrease in salary. Embarassed to admit to Honey that he had an attack of cold feet, he lies and tells her that he got the raise, taking the additional money from his private bank account. In celebration, Honey makes him buy a dress suit, and although it almost wipes out his bank account, he buys the clothes. Frantic that he has depleted his funds, Skinner is saved by his new suit when his affluent appearance gives him an entrée to some wealthy people with whom he is able to negotiate a big business deal for his firm. Rushing into his company's office with the order, he demands a raise and a partnership in the firm and wins ... +


Skinner is a faithful employee, but lacks initiative. One morning, at the urging of his wife Honey, he promises to ask for a raise. On the way to work, however, he slowly loses his courage, and by the time he has his interview with his boss, he has gone from demanding a raise to suggesting an decrease in salary. Embarassed to admit to Honey that he had an attack of cold feet, he lies and tells her that he got the raise, taking the additional money from his private bank account. In celebration, Honey makes him buy a dress suit, and although it almost wipes out his bank account, he buys the clothes. Frantic that he has depleted his funds, Skinner is saved by his new suit when his affluent appearance gives him an entrée to some wealthy people with whom he is able to negotiate a big business deal for his firm. Rushing into his company's office with the order, he demands a raise and a partnership in the firm and wins both. +

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