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Traffic in Souls (1913)

TV-PG  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  24 November 1913 (USA)
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A woman, with the aid of her police officer sweetheart, endeavors to uncover the prostitution ring that has kidnapped her sister, and the philanthropist who secretly runs it.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Gail ...
Ethel Grandin ...
William H. Turner ...
Matt Moore ...
William Welsh ...
Millie Liston ...
Mrs. William Trubus (as Mrs. Hudson Lyston)
Irene Wallace ...
Alice Trubus - Daughter
William Cavanaugh ...
Arthur Hunter ...
Howard Crampton ...
W.H. Bainbridge ...
'Respectable' Smith (as William Burbridge)
Luray Huntley ...
A Country Girl (as Laura Huntley)
William Powers ...
Jack Poulton ...
Edward Boring ...
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An early social commentary on the New York sex trade, this film attempts to sensationalize prostitution, especially forced prostitution. Featuring a number of characters and sub-plots, the film is presented as if it were a documentary. Written by Fryingham

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24 November 1913 (USA)  »

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Seelenhändler  »

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Budget:

$5,700 (estimated)

Gross:

$430,000 (USA)
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Universal's press copy boasted that they had spent $200,000 to produce the film. They also claimed that it featured 700 scenes and a cast of 800 players. None of this was true. See more »

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Primitive but appealing
7 April 2001 | by (Binghamton, New York) – See all my reviews

This may be the earliest American feature film that can be shown today without embarrassment; the technique is primitive, but it still holds your interest. Coincidence plays a huge role in the plot, but there's a genuine sense of danger, and the hypocrisy of the villain is a nice touch that should appeal to modern viewers. The camera doesn't move (the camera rarely did in 1913), but brisk editing helps keep the film lively, and Tucker directs with imagination. If you have any interest at all in silent movies, this one is worth a look.


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