A Free Soul Movie Review 1931

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Tippling litigator Barrymore helps low-life mobster Gable beat a murder rap, only to discover the hood has stolen his daughter's heart. Bargaining with his ditzy daughter, he vows to eschew the bottle if she'll stay away from good-for-nothing Gable. Directed by Brown, best known for his work with Garbo, and based on the memoirs of Adela Rogers St. John. The final courtroom scene--a cloak-and-gavel classic--cinched Barrymore's Oscar. Remade with Liz Taylor as "The Girl Who Had Everything" (although, ironically, the earlier version is the racier of the two).


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Available on VHS
Running time 94 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Law & Lawyers, Order in the Court, On the Rocks, Adapted from Memoirs or Diaries
Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore, Clark Gable, James Gleason, Lucy Beaumont
William H. Daniels
Clarence Brown


Oscars 1931: Actor (Barrymore).

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