WriterElliott J. Clawson, Tay Garnett, Dudley Murphy Release dateApril 8, 1928 (1928-04-08) ScreenplayTay Garnett, Elliott J. Clawson, John W. Krafft CastWilliam Boyd (Blondy), Alan Hale (Slim Strede), Sue Carol (Sally), Alberta Vaughn (Jane), Wesley Barry (Redhead), Kusell's Dancing Debutantes (Dancers) Similar moviesThe Ring, The Yankee Clipper, The Wreck of the Hesperus, Cameo Kirby, The Sea Wolf, The World's Applause
TaglineLofty love and rich humor on the dizzy heights of a steel structure, ten stories above the pavement-you'll regret missing this picture, the finest story screened this season
Skyscraper is a 1928 American silent drama film directed by Howard Higgin. At the 2nd Academy Awards in 1930, Elliott J. Clawson was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay). Prints of the film exist.
William Boyd as Blondy
Alan Hale as Slim Strede
Sue Carol as Sally
Alberta Vaughn as Jane
Wesley Barry as Redhead
Paul Weigel as Redhead's father
In 1927, Cecil B. DeMille charged Ayn Rand - at the time, recently arrived from the Soviet Union - with writing a script for what would become Skyscraper. The original story, by Dudley Murphy, was about two construction workers involved in building a New York skyscraper who are rivals for a woman's love. Rand rewrote the story, transforming the rivals into architects. One of them, Howard Kane, was an idealist dedicated to his mission and erecting the skyscraper despite enormous obstacles. The film would have ended with Kane's throwing back his head in victory, standing atop the completed skyscraper. DeMille rejected Rand's script, and the completed film followed Murphy's original idea, but Rand's version contained elements she would later use in The Fountainhead.