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The Market of Souls

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Genre  Drama
Producer  Thomas H. Ince
Country  United States
Director  Joseph De Grasse
Writer  John Lynch
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Language  Silent (English intertitles)
Release date  September 7, 1919 (1919-09-07)
Screenplay  C. Gardner Sullivan, John Lynch
Cast  Dorothy Dalton (Helen Armes), Holmes Herbert (Temple Bane), Donald MacDonald (Herbert Howell), Philo McCullough (Lyle Bane), Dorcas Matthews (Evelyn Howell)
Similar movies  A Dolls House (1917), Arch of Triumph (1948), A Walk in the Sun (1945), So This Is Washington (1943), Tolable David (1921)

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The Market of Souls is a 1919 American silent drama Film directed by Joe De Grasse and written by John Lynch and C. Gardner Sullivan. The film stars Dorothy Dalton, Holmes Herbert, Philo McCullough, Dorcas Mathews, Donald McDonald, and George Williams. The film was released on September 7, 1919, by Paramount Pictures.



As described in a film magazine, Helen Armes (Dalton), a nurse, comes to New York City from Albany to visit her married brother. She arrives on New Year's Eve and is immediately added to a cabaret party being made up to include her brother's wife and Lyle Bane (McCullough), a wealthy bachelor. At the cabaret she meets his brother Temple Bane (Herbert), a woman-hater who begins to believe in her. When she wearies of the performance, Lyle takes her home, lures her into his apartment, and attempts familiarities. She escapes but is judged guilty by her sister-in-law, so she leaves at once and goes to the nurse headquarters. Temple arrives and, after being told a lie about Helen's character and the incident, fights with his brother and receives a blow that blinds him. Helen is assigned to his case and she nurses him back to his sight. Being ignorant of her identity, Temple asks Helen for her hand in marriage. When he regains his sight, he then denounces her. She is about to leave when Lyle Bane, who has been reported killed in France while in the American Expeditionary Forces, appears in a supernatural form and tells the truth about the incident in the apartment. Temple and Helen reconcile, and Lyle disappears, with it concluded that he did not return in the flesh but only as a spirit.


  • Dorothy Dalton as Helen Armes
  • Holmes Herbert as Temple Bane
  • Philo McCullough as Lyle Bane
  • Dorcas Mathews as Evelyn Howell
  • Donald McDonald as Herbert Howell
  • George Williams as Dr. Rodney Nevins
  • Preservation status

  • A print of the film is held in the Gosfilmofond collection in Moscow.
  • References

    The Market of Souls Wikipedia
    The Market of Souls IMDb

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