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Posted in FILM with tags , , on September 12, 2020 by dcairns

After spending a couple of weeks with George Sanders as the Saint and the Falcon and Peter Lorre as Mr. Moto, on Friday we were back having a Warren William Weekend again. The others in the group hadn’t seen THE LONE WOLF STRIKES, and none of us had seen WW’s lone MGM outing, SKYSCRAPER SOULS, with Warren in strutting tycoon mode as a skyscraper magnate (“You know what a magnate is, don’t you?”) Very strong supporting cast — Maureen O’Sullivan, the reliably charmless Norman Foster — Anita Page — Wallace Ford — etc. But WW is the one who gets good material, juggling a wife and mistress and pursuing a junior secretary and dealing and double-dealing in the financial market.

Standing a girl up: “Sorry, my dear, but I’ve suddenly developed spinal meningitis.”

The other major interest is Cedric Gibbons’ impressive building, from the painted cityscape exterior to the gorgeous deco lobby and offices.

SKYSCRAPER SOULS stars Michael Lanyard aka The Lone Wolf; Jane Parker; Max Fabian; Queenie Mahoney; Billy Boyle; King Adolf XV; Dr. Paul Christian; Phroso the clown; Dolly DuPuyster; Arthur Kim; Mr. Chutzpah; Utterson; Captain Nils Helstrom; Prince Barin; Secretary of War Stanton; Mark Henry / Pete Drago; ‘Slugs’ Martin; Joe Pettibone; Gahagan; Montague L. ‘Monty’ Brewster; and Hjalmar Poelzig.