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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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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 ...
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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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$5,700 (estimated)

Gross:

$430,000 (USA)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film is often regarded as the wellspring of what is now called the sexploitation sub-genre. See more »

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Newspaper Article: YOUNG GIRL DISAPPEARS. FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED. A pretty little girl employed in well known candy store, reported last night as possibly having fallen into evil hands. Is it possible our candy stores can be used as a market for this infamous traffic?
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Crazy Credits

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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Spoofed in Traffic in Soles (1914) See more »

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The 'sensational' is not very exciting.
25 May 1999 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

This movie which relies on the sensational, is not very sensational. The film treats of the white slave trade with immigrant girls to this country as likely candidates for kidnapping. The interior scenes are stultifying (with cheap painted backdrops and hideous wallpaper). There is no camera movement. This static approach to efforts to wipe out the slave trade does not work. Coincidence piles upon coincidence to the point of absurdity. There are too many characters and sub-plots. The only time the film has an opportunity to breathe is during the exterior scenes, such as at the docks or on the rooftop. The film stands, however, as a good introduction to what film used to be before creative elements jelled in the industry.


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