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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 ... Mary Barton
Ethel Grandin ... Lorna Barton
William H. Turner ... The Invalid Inventor - Mary's Father (as Wm. Turner)
Matt Moore ... Officer Burke - Officer 4434
William Welsh William Welsh ... William Trubus (as Wm. Welsh)
Millie Liston Millie Liston ... Mrs. William Trubus (as Mrs. Hudson Lyston)
Irene Wallace ... Alice Trubus - Daughter
William Cavanaugh William Cavanaugh ... Bill Bradshaw (as Wm. Cavanaugh)
Arthur Hunter Arthur Hunter ... The Cadet
Howard Crampton ... The Go-Between
W.H. Bainbridge W.H. Bainbridge ... 'Respectable' Smith (as Wm. Burbridge)
Luray Huntley Luray Huntley ... A Country Girl (as Laura Huntley)
William Powers William Powers ... The Emigrant Girls' Brother (as Wm. Powers)
Jack Poulton Jack Poulton ... R.C. Cadet
Edward Boring Edward Boring ... Swedish Cadet
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

6 REELS-100 SCENES 600 PLAYERS! THE MOST TRUTHFUL EXPOSURE -of the- WHITE SLAVE EVIL EVER KNOWN! (Print Ad-The Journal-Progressive,((Bellingham, Wash.)) 26 March 1915) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1913 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kampen mot den hvita slafhandeln See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,700 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$430,000
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This film is often regarded as the wellspring of what is now called the sexploitation sub-genre. 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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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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The 'sensational' is not very exciting.
25 May 1999 | by dhoffmanSee 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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