~The Signal Tower~
1924
~Freiluch Portraits of Virginia Valli~
~Caption to back of photo read: A collar of white
on plush garments is the latest in Parisian fall styles,
says Virginia Valli, star of "The Signal Tower" which
comes to the Granada Saturday.~
~Plot Synopsis~
Although Universal billed this tense drama as a "Super Jewel," there's nothing epic about it -- it's a
straightforward, well-told story about a signal-man and his family. David Tolliver (Rockcliffe Fellowes),
his wife Sally (Virginia Valli), and their little boy Sonny (Frankie Darro) live near the mountain tower
where he works. When the relief tower man (James O. Barrows) is pensioned, Joe Standish (Wallace
Beery) takes his place. Standish boards with the Tollivers, and Sally's cousin Gertie (Dot Farley) makes a
play for him, though Standish is more interested in Sally, a fact that is revealed as he tries to kiss her.
Tolliver angrily sends him away, and on the next night he shows up drunk and late for work. Tolliver has
to stay on the job and when a freight train breaks in half and runs loose, he has to derail it before it
collides with the oncoming Limited. While Tolliver is busy, Standish goes after Sally and tries to force
himself on her. Sonny rushes to his father for help, but Tolliver sticks to his work, knowing that many
lives on the Limited are at stake. Sally, it turns out, takes care of the situation on her own -- she points
what she believes to be an unloaded pistol at Standish, though it is loaded and goes off, hitting him. Both
the Limited and Sally's honor are saved.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com
Directed by: Clarence Brown

Written by:
James O. Spearing - adaptation

Based on the article by Wadsworth Camp.
~Cast~

Virginia Valli ...  Sally Tolliver
Rockliffe Fellowes ...  Dave Tolliver
Frankie Darro ...  Sonny Tolliver
Wallace Beery ...  Joe Standish
James O. Barrows ...  Old Bill
J. Farrell MacDonald ...  Pete
Dot Farley ...  Cousin Gertie
Clarence Brown ...  Switch Man
Jitney the Dog ...  Jitney
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Universal Pictures (as Universal Super Jewel)

Distribution Company: Universal Pictures

Cinematography by: Ben F. Reynolds
Presenter:
Carl Laemmle

Length: 7 Reels
Runtime: 70 Minutes
Released: July 20, 1924

Filmed at:
Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA
.