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Traffic in Souls (1913)

TV-PG | | Crime, Drama | 24 November 1913 (USA)
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 ...
William Trubus (as Wm. Welsh)
Millie Liston ...
Mrs. William Trubus (as Mrs. Hudson Lyston)
Irene Wallace ...
Alice Trubus - Daughter
William Cavanaugh ...
Bill Bradshaw (as Wm. Cavanaugh)
Arthur Hunter ...
Howard Crampton ...
W.H. Bainbridge ...
'Respectable' Smith (as Wm. Burbridge)
Luray Huntley ...
A Country Girl (as Laura Huntley)
William Powers ...
The Emigrant Girls' Brother (as Wm. 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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A Powerful Photo-Drama of Today See more »

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Crime | Drama

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TV-PG
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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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1.33 : 1
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This was the first American movie about sexuality. See more »

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Title Card: That night, they secure her father's invention for intensifying sound waves and recording dictagraph sounds on a phonographic record.
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Opening Title Card lists the name of the movie as: Traffic In Souls or While New York Sleeps". Further, it describes the film as "A Photodrama of Today". See more »

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11 March 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

The head of a common New York family, Jane Gail (as Mary Barton), works with her younger sister Ethel Grandin (as Loma Barton) at "Smyrner's Candy Store". After Ms. Grandin is abducted by dealers in the buying and selling of women as prostituted slaves, Ms. Gail and her policeman boyfriend Matt Moore (as Larry Burke) must rescue the virtue-threatened young woman.

"Traffic in Souls" has a reputation that is difficult to support - it isn't remarkably well done, and it doesn't show anything very unique in having a young woman's "virtue" threatened by sex traders. Perhaps, it can be supported as a film which dealt with the topic in a greater than customary length (claimed to have been ten reels, originally). The New York City location scenes are the main attraction, after all these years. The panning of the prisoners behind bars is memorable, because nothing else seems able to make the picture move.

**** Traffic in Souls (11/24/13) George Loane Tucker ~ Jane Gail, Matt Moore, Ethel Grandin


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