Skyscraper Souls (1932) Directed by Edgar Selwyn. Warren William, Maureen O'Sullivan, Gregory Ratoff, Anita Page, Verree Teasdale, Norman Foster, Jean Hersholt, Wallace Ford (99 min.)
As Wall Street or Wolf of Wall Street or any tale of financial chicanery, Skyscraper Souls fuses male ego, money and power. David Dwight is the master of a phallic symbol even bigger than the just completed Empire State Building. Below his penthouse-dwelling feet the lives of the humble and the great unfurl. Women work, but sex seems to be their true vocation, whether they are dedicated executive secretaries, lowly stenographers, dress fitting models or restless wives. Tender morsel Maureen O'Sullivan is wooed by one of those creepy mashers who populate Depression-era films, but she’s also slavered over by an amoral tycoon, in spite of his cosy relationship with his secretary. When a financial crisis erupts, who will weather the whirlwind?
Wednesday, June 5