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The souls in question are silver-screen hopefuls in this witty, insightful glimpse at the early movie business. Feared lost for decades, it includes unique working cameos of director Erich von Stroheim and a non-Tramp Charlie Chaplin, and features starlet Eleanor Boardman, the “Cinderella of Hollywood” whose rags-to-riches story echoed her character’s. Escaping from a train journey with her sinister new husband, Mem Steddon (Boardman) crawls across the California desert and spies her salvation: an Arab sheik riding a camel! The location movie crew brings Mem to Tinseltown, where bit parts and acting lessons lead her to starring roles – and a fiery finale with her murderous spouse Lew Cody). If you like classic Hollywood, you’ll love this picture, full of carefully observed detail, warmth and plenty of soul.

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WAA179618 Souls For Sale DVD (1923/Eleanor Boardman) $19.95