Skinner Steps Out (1929)

70 mins | Comedy | 24 November 1929

Director:

William J. Craft

Writer:

Matt Taylor

Cinematographer:

Al Jones

Editor:

Harry Lieb

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Universal roduced an earlier version of the story in 1926 under the title Skinner's Dress Suit (See Entry). For information on other films featuring the "Skinner" character created by Henry Irving Dodge, please consult the entry above for the 1917 Essanay production of Skinner's Dress Suit , directed by Harry Beaumont and starring Bryant Washburn and Hazel ... More Less

Universal roduced an earlier version of the story in 1926 under the title Skinner's Dress Suit (See Entry). For information on other films featuring the "Skinner" character created by Henry Irving Dodge, please consult the entry above for the 1917 Essanay production of Skinner's Dress Suit , directed by Harry Beaumont and starring Bryant Washburn and Hazel Daly. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
8 Dec 1929.
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New York Times
7 Dec 1929
p. 19.
Variety
11 Dec 1929
p. 39.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Titles
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus score
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Skinner's Dress Suit" by Henry Irving Dodge in The Saturday Evening Post (23 Sep 1916).
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
24 November 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
7 November 1929
Copyright Number:
LP836
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 6,645 ft.
Duration(in mins):
70
Length(in feet):
6,597
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

William Henry Skinner's young wife has great confidence in her husband's abilities and is ambitious for his success. He informs her of his importance at the office; but in reality he is an insignificant employee on a small salary, and when refused a raise, he hasn't the courage to tell his wife. Distressed at her husband's shabby appearance, "Honey" persuades him to buy a dress suit, and at a charity bazaar she pushes him to the front so that he dominates the affair and comes to the attention of the dignitaries. Skinner forces himself upon the attention of his employer and the employer's chief rival, whose admiration he wins when he bluffs him out of a poker pot. In spite of Skinner's efforts to prevent it, the rival companies are consolidated; and impressed by his spirit and enthusiasm, his superiors promote him to sales ... +


William Henry Skinner's young wife has great confidence in her husband's abilities and is ambitious for his success. He informs her of his importance at the office; but in reality he is an insignificant employee on a small salary, and when refused a raise, he hasn't the courage to tell his wife. Distressed at her husband's shabby appearance, "Honey" persuades him to buy a dress suit, and at a charity bazaar she pushes him to the front so that he dominates the affair and comes to the attention of the dignitaries. Skinner forces himself upon the attention of his employer and the employer's chief rival, whose admiration he wins when he bluffs him out of a poker pot. In spite of Skinner's efforts to prevent it, the rival companies are consolidated; and impressed by his spirit and enthusiasm, his superiors promote him to sales manager. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Domestic


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