Traffic in Souls (1913) was a Drama - Silent Films Film directed by George Loane Tucker and produced by King Baggot and Herbert Brenon.
Traffic in Souls was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2006.
"Traffic in Souls" (1913) Ethel GrandinBy Dawn on Oct 22, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks
“Traffic in Souls” (1913) is a silent drama starring Jane Gail, Ethel Grandin, and Matt Moore. Directed by George Loane Tucker, this film is about a woman who wants to uncover the prostitution ring that has kidnapped her sister. The story begins with Mary Barton, played by Jane Gail, and... Read full article
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Countless films had adapted books or plays, but this was the first film to serve as the basis for a novel, once it had had a successful theatrical release. The novelization was written by Eustace Hale Ball.
Describing this as the most important film in Universal Picture's history (and Carl Laemmle's) may not be an overstatement. Made for a mere $5,700.00 and tackling the lurid subject of white slavery, this (Universal's first feature length release) earned a whopping $450,000.00 and it put the company squarely on the map. Its success convinced Laemmle to head west and build a studio.
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