Society for Sale

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Society for Sale
Society for Sale (1918) - 1.jpg
Film still with William Desmond, Lillian Langdon, and Gloria Swanson
Directed by Frank Borzage
Written by Charles J. Wilson
Story by Ruby M. Ayres
Starring William Desmond
Gloria Swanson
Cinematography Pliny Horne
Distributed by Triangle Film Corporation
Release dates
  • April 21, 1918 (1918-04-21)
Running time
5 reels
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Society for Sale is a 1918 American silent drama film directed by Frank Borzage and starring William Desmond and Gloria Swanson.[1] It is not known whether the film currently survives,[1] which suggests that it is a lost film.


As described in a film magazine,[2] the Honorable Billy (Desmond), through his love for Vi Challoner (West) and its attendant expense, finds himself in financial straits and is deserted by the cause of his trouble. In his plight he is approached by Phyllis Clyne (Swanson), who wishes to be introduced into society and is willing to pay for the deception. Honorable Billy seeks to break the agreement when Phyllis apparently becomes enamored with Lord Sheldon (Prior), whose affairs are the subject of gossip. She refuses him his liberty and accuses him of jealousy. After an automobile crash in which Lord Sheldon is killed, she confesses to Billy that he was her father. She then convinces Billy that their engagement should be permanent.



Like many American films of the time, Society for Sale was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors cut, in Reel 4, four near views of a woman in low-cut gown seated on couch with Furnival.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Progressive Silent Film List: Society for Sale". Retrieved July 5, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Reviews: Society for Sale". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (20): 27. May 11, 1918. 
  3. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. 6 (20): 31. May 11, 1918. 

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