I was going to call this discussion - "What is your favourite Warren William film"? There are
just so many!!! I really like "Skyscraper Souls" (1932). It is a wonderful film - I am really
suprised how little known it seems to be. At 96 minutes (and in my copy there was 10
minutes cut) so I would have thought it would have been a major film. Warren William stars
as a completely ruthless owner of an office block (looking eerily like the Chrysler Building)
who is juggling a wife (Hedda Hopper), a mistress (Veree Teasdale, who next to W.W. gives
the best performance in the film, in my opinion) and mistress in the making (Maureen
O"Sullivan ). He has a couple of scenes where he is talking to his associates - where he
is explaining his vision and another where he is mocking their downfall. Those scenes
are the highlight of the film for me and really prove what a wonderful actor Mr. William was.
Another film I like that was made about 12 years after the code was "Strange Illusion" -
he co-stars with Sally Eilers, about an unrepentant killer - he is excellent in that one as well.
haha i LOVE beauty and the boss! NO one else could have played that part like WW did!
i have a lovely vintage lobby card for that film and also i aspire to one day build a replica of WW's magnificent desk which actually appears in 3 other WB films from the same period!
heres some links where i talk about it:
You have a terrific site. I put it on my favourites. And what a
beautiful desk, being completely unobservant as I am, I have
seen a few of those films and of course never noticed THE DESK
haha!! I knew Warners were cheapskates but I could imagine
them thinking "get me a script where we can use that desk!!"