Skinner's Dress Suit (1917)

Skinner is afraid to strike his employer for a raise for fear he will be discharged. Mrs. Skinner scoffs at his fears, however, and finally induces him to demand an increase. Her humble ... See full summary »


Harry Beaumont


Henry Irving Dodge (story)


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Credited cast:
Bryant Washburn ... William Manning Skinner
Hazel Daly ... Honey
Virginia Valli
Harry Dunkinson Harry Dunkinson ... Willard Jackson
James C. Carroll James C. Carroll ... McLaughlin
Ullrich Haupt Ullrich Haupt ... Perkins
Florence Oberle Florence Oberle ... Mrs. J. Smith Crawford
Frances Raymond Frances Raymond ... Mrs. Jackson
Marian Skinner Marian Skinner ... Mrs. McLaughlin (as Marion Skinner)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Ray ... (unconfirmed)


Skinner is afraid to strike his employer for a raise for fear he will be discharged. Mrs. Skinner scoffs at his fears, however, and finally induces him to demand an increase. Her humble spouse gets the proverbial "cold feet" at the final moment; so to "cover up" before his wife, he fibs a little and tells her he got the raise, taking the money from his private bank account. She forthwith makes him purchase a dress suit and "spruce up." Although it almost wipes Skinner's bank account out, he buys the clothes. Skinner is frantic; he sees the wolf at the door. But, by virtue of his dress suit and good appearance, he gets acquainted with some wealthy people and is enabled to put over a big business deal for his firm. Rushing into his company's office with the order, he demands a raise and a partnership in the firm. He gets both. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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6 February 1917 (USA) See more »

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Et Medlem af Gennemsnitsmenneskets Klub See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Clothes Make the Man for Bryant Washburn
23 April 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Juvenile actor Bryant Washburn, who advanced his career with an impressive performance in "The Blindness of Virtue" (1915), essayed young adult roles with increasing popularity. The late "teens" were a peak, but Washburn endured through the 1940s. Although the whereabouts of "Skinner's Dress Suit" is presently unknown, we know it was a success. There were two sequels, "Skinner's Bubble" (1917) and "Skinner's Baby" (1917), followed by two 1920s films (without Mr. Washburn). "William Skinner" is from a series of stories by Henry Irving Dodge. Washburn's three Essanay "Skinner" productions were directed by Harry Beaumont, the off-screen husband of his on-screen wife, Hazel Daly (as Honey Skinner).

In a storyline which should presently recognizable as a situation comedy staple, Washburn is too timid to ask boss James C. Carroll (as McLaughlin) for a promotion, or raise in salary. He makes only $40 a week. With encouragement from Ms. Daly, "Skinner" summons up the nerve to request the raise, but gets cold feet during the confrontation. Unable to admit his failure, Washburn buys "Skinner's Dress Suit" at the behest of his celebratory wife. Although he can't afford the suit, it helps him advance at work, and ends up paying for itself. In "Photoplay" (May 1917), reviewer Julian Johnson called the film "superlative fun-making" for Washburn, with Daly "charming," and good support from Mr. Dunkinson, and Mr. Carroll.

****** Skinner's Dress Suit (2/6/17) Harry Beaumont ~ Bryant Washburn, Hazel Daly, Harry Dunkinson, James C. Carroll

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