The Signal Tower

The Signal Tower

A FILM BY: Clarence Brown
WRITTEN BY: Wadsworth Camp (article), James O. Spearing (adaptation)
STARRING: Virginia Valli, Rockliffe Fellowes, Frankie Darro

Live accompaniment by Music Box house organist Dennis Scott | Co-Presented by Chicago Film Society

Clarence Brown turned a working rail line into his studio for THE SIGNAL TOWER, a mountain melodrama shot entirely on location in California’s redwood country, hundreds of miles from Hollywood. Switch operator Dave (Rockcliffe Fellowes) works a 12-hour shift at the signal tower, then goes home to his wife Sally (Virginia Valli) and Sonny (Frankie Darro) in their made-to-order cabin. The family takes on a new boarder, Joe (Wallace Beery), the dandified city boy who alternates shifts with Dave at the signal tower and aspires to do so in the homestead too. A stunningly photographed and emotionally direct saga of man and machine, THE SIGNAL TOWER has been restored by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in conjunction with Photoplay Productions.  

Technical Information

Production Year: 1924
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 84 mins
Format: 35mm