A Free Soul (1931)


“A lot of people don’t believe that gag about being born equal. ” – Ace Wilfong

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Oct 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A young girl falls in love with a gangster who her alcoholic father is defending.

My Take on it – Here is yet another film that I have never heard of before seeing that it was nominated for Best Director and that Lionel Barrymore won a Best Actor Award at the Oscars that year.

The premise of the film is actually quite interesting and they manage to give the viewer a layered story that one probably wouldn’t expect to have been made in the early 1930’s.

Barrymore is superb in the lead and was very deserving of his Oscar win for this role as an alcoholic trying to change his was for the love of his daughter.

This film deals with some great issues throughout which one wouldn’t normally expect form a film of this era.

They deal with alcoholism, justice in court, young love of a course how to deal with a rebellious child who will do all she can to go against the wishes of her father in order to have her way.

This film has some great courtroom scenes book-ending the film which do a lot to make this film even more memorable for all time to enjoy the way that it was done.

Bottom Line – Interesting film that deals with a great story that is quite layered and not something that one would expect to see during the era of film. Barrymore is superb in the lead and was quite deserving of winner a Best Actor Oscar for this role. They deal with some great issues throughout that include alcoholism, justice, young love and of course a child doing something to rebel against the wishes of her parents. Great courtroom scenes help make this film quite memorable. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to the Guinness Book of World Records (2002), the movie holds the record for the longest take in a Hollywood film shot in 35mm, the climactic courtroom scene at 14 minutes. Since a reel of camera film only lasts 10 minutes, it was achieved by using more than one camera. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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