Skin Deep (1929 film)

Skin Deep is a 1929 American pre-Code drama film directed by Ray Enright and starring Monte Blue. It was produced and distributed by the Warner Brothers. It was also released in the U.S. in a silent version for theaters not equipped yet with sound. The film is a remake of a 1922 Associated First National silent film of the same name directed by Lambert Hillyer and starring Milton Sills.[1][2]

Skin Deep
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Directed byRay Enright
Produced byWarner Brothers
Written byGordon Rigby (writer)
De Leon Anthony (titles)
Based onLucky Damage
by Marc Edmund Jones
StarringMonte Blue
Betty Compson
CinematographyBarney McGill
Edited byGeorge Marks
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • September 7, 1929 (1929-09-07) (sound version)

  • November 2, 1929 (1929-11-02) (silent version)
Running time
64 minutes
CountryUnited States


Gangster Joe Daley marries a chorus girl named Sadie, and decides to give up the rackets and surrender $100,000 to the DA . For this she turns on him and goes in with Blackie Culver, a rival gang lord, and they set Joe up to take the rap for stealing it. Joe is sent to prison, still unaware of Sadie's betrayal. She makes Joe believe the DA wants her, and he must save her by escaping. He does, and injures his face in the break out. Farm girl Elsa Langdon has her surgeon father remake his face. Now unrecognizable, Joe learns of Sadie's plot. and returns to the city.


Preservation status

All copies of this film are now lost.[3] However, the Vitaphone soundtrack, of music and effects, survive for the silent version.

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