Stephen Ashe, an upper class alcoholic defense attourney, successfully defends local mobster Ace Wilfong in a murder case. After his daughter Jan Ashe breaks her engagement to polo player Dwight Winthrop and starts an affair with Wilfong, she finds that the liason is not easily severed when she wants out. Winthrop earns Miss Ashe's true affections by killing Wilfong to break his grip on her. Now the question is, can Stephen Ashe save Winthrop with an impassioned defense speech to the jury? Written by
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The characters of Jan and Stephen Ashe were based on writer Adela Rogers St. Johns and her father, famed Los Angeles defense attorney Earl Rogers. Crime novelist Erle Stanley Gardner also used Earl Rogers as the basis for his most famous character - Los Angeles defense attorney Perry Mason. See more »
While racing in a convertible roadster with his mistress, Gable is wearing a wide-brimmed fedora, which, if true, would have flown off his head almost immediately upon acceleration. Guys driving roadsters in those days wore tight-fitting caps to prevent this from happening. See more »
Ace Wilfong, Gangster Defendant:
Now, let me lay it on the line for you. She tossed all the ritz overboard months ago. She came to my place and she stayed there, you get that? She's mine. She belongs to me.
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"A Free Soul" made Hollywood take notice of a young actor by the name of Clark Gable.Slapping leading lady Norma Shearer around,he portrayed masculinity like no star,with the exception of perhaps Jim my Cagney, had done before him.Lionel Barrymore won the Oscar for his very good performance of the alcoholic defense lawyer. I've always found him overacting his parts but he's very believable in this movie.Norma Shearer is also very good,but still overdoes the dramatics with her silent screen acting.But she's really a stunner in the quiet parts. Leslie Howard has once again one of his thankless parts which doesn't tax his ability at all.A very enjoyable picture.
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