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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.

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"Traffic in Souls" (1913) Ethel Grandin

By 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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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.
This was the first American movie about sexuality.
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.
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Traffic in Souls

Released 1913
Inducted 2006

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