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Skinner’s Dress Suit
Also known as El Traje de etiqueta in Spain : [Charleston Boy] in Finland
(1926) American
B&W : Seven reels
Directed by William A. Seiter

Cast: Reginald Denny [William Skinner], Laura La Plante [Honey, his wife], Hedda Hopper [Mrs. Colby], E.J. Ratcliffe [D.A. McLoughlin], Lionel Braham [Samuel Jackson], Ben Hendricks Jr. [Mr. Perkins], Lila Leslie [Mrs. Wilkins], Henry A. Barrows [Samuel Colby], William H. Strauss [the tailor], Arthur Lake [Tommy, the office boy], Lucille Ward [Mrs. Jackson], Betty Morrissey [Miss Smith], Broderick O’Farrell [Mr. Wilkins], Frona Hale [Mrs. McLaughlin]; Lucille De Nevers [Mrs. Crawford], Minta Durfee, Ellinor Vanderveer, Adolph Faylauer, Mrs. Reginald Denny, Betty Lee [extra], Janet Gaynor [extra], Grady Sutton [dance extra]

Universal Pictures Corporation production; distributed by Universal Pictures Corporation [Universal Jewel]. / Scenario by Rex Taylor, from the short story “Skinner’s Dress Suit” by Henry Irving Dodge. Art direction by Leo K. Kuter. Casting by Fred A. Datig. Assistant director, Nate Watt. Photographer (cinematography by), Arthur Todd. Titles (intertitles by), Walter Anthony. Editorial supervision, Maurice Pivar. Film editor (edited by), J.R. Rawlins (John Rawlins). / Released 18 April 1926. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format. / The film was released in Finland on 13 March 1927. The story was previously filmed as Skinner’s Dress Suit (1917). The story was subsequently filmed as Skinner Steps Out (1929).


Synopsis: Synopsis available in Hirschhorn-Universal p. 52.

Survival status: Print exists [16mm reduction positive].

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Dance: Charleston - Social climbers

Listing updated: 11 March 2012.

References: Film credits, film viewing : AFI-F1 n. F1.4071; Brownlow-Parade pp. 448, 453; Drew-Speaking pp. 89, 97, 278; Everson-American pp. 13, 146; Hirschhorn-Universal pp. 52, 70; Limbacher-Feature p. 225; Shipman-Cinema p. 89 : Website-IMDb.

Home video: DVD.

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