The Signal Tower (1924)

Melodrama | 3 August 1924

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HISTORY

An item in the 17 Nov 1923 Camera noted that Wallace Beery was visiting San Francisco from Fort Bragg, CA, “where he has been working on ‘The Signal Tower.’”
       According to a column called “A Letter from Location” in the May 1924 Picture-Play, three weeks of filming took place along the Noyo River in the redwood forests of Northspur, Mendocino Country, CA. The cast and crew stayed in a hotel in nearby Fort Bragg. Assistant director Charles Dorian was injured and star Wallace Beery was mildly hurt in the wreck of a railway hand car.
       Some sources give the surname Taylor to the characters of Sally and Dave Tolliver.
       Intertitle cards were illustrated with a railroad signal that changed throughout the film from “Safety” to “Warning” to “Danger,” according to the action.
       Two surviving 16mm copies of The Signal Tower, one of them tinted, were scanned at high resolution and digitally repaired to create new 35mm black and white negatives, which were then tinted to match the original. The restored film was screened at the 24th San Francisco Silent Film Festival on 2 May 2019. ...

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An item in the 17 Nov 1923 Camera noted that Wallace Beery was visiting San Francisco from Fort Bragg, CA, “where he has been working on ‘The Signal Tower.’”
       According to a column called “A Letter from Location” in the May 1924 Picture-Play, three weeks of filming took place along the Noyo River in the redwood forests of Northspur, Mendocino Country, CA. The cast and crew stayed in a hotel in nearby Fort Bragg. Assistant director Charles Dorian was injured and star Wallace Beery was mildly hurt in the wreck of a railway hand car.
       Some sources give the surname Taylor to the characters of Sally and Dave Tolliver.
       Intertitle cards were illustrated with a railroad signal that changed throughout the film from “Safety” to “Warning” to “Danger,” according to the action.
       Two surviving 16mm copies of The Signal Tower, one of them tinted, were scanned at high resolution and digitally repaired to create new 35mm black and white negatives, which were then tinted to match the original. The restored film was screened at the 24th San Francisco Silent Film Festival on 2 May 2019.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
17 Nov 1923
p. 6
Picture-Play
May 1924
p. 70, 108
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Universal Super-Jewel
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Clarence L. Brown
Dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "The Signal Tower" by Wadsworth Camp in Metropolitan (May 1920).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
3 August 1924
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: ca20 Jul 1924
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Universal Pictures
29 April 1924
LP20129
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,714
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Dave Tolliver, tower signalman on a mountain railroad, takes in his relief man, Joe Standish, as a boarder. For a time, Joe seems like an entertaining guest, but during a storm, he becomes drunk and makes advances to Dave's wife, Sally. Although little Sonny Tolliver warns his father of Sally's predicament, Dave is compelled to stay on the job when a runaway freight endangers a passenger train. He ditches the runaway and saves the express, while Sally successfully defends herself by shooting ...

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Dave Tolliver, tower signalman on a mountain railroad, takes in his relief man, Joe Standish, as a boarder. For a time, Joe seems like an entertaining guest, but during a storm, he becomes drunk and makes advances to Dave's wife, Sally. Although little Sonny Tolliver warns his father of Sally's predicament, Dave is compelled to stay on the job when a runaway freight endangers a passenger train. He ditches the runaway and saves the express, while Sally successfully defends herself by shooting Standish.

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Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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