A Free Soul
A Free Soul (1931)

In this film, Stephen Ashe is a hotshot Californian lawyer. After winning a case for mobster Ace Wilfong, Stephen brings his client along to a party at his parents house. However, when they arrive at their destination, Ace manages to steal… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 20, 1931
DVD Release Date: February 20, 1991
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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Contains what may be the first instance of the 'If it doesn't fit you must acquit' defense: Barrymore wins Gable's freedom by having the accused man place on top of his head the too-small hat that was found at the scene of the crime.

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Emanuel Levy

Designed as star vehicle for Norma Shearer, this sensationalistic melodrama about a brutal gangster (the young Clark Gable) and boozy lawyer could not have been made after 1934, when the rigid Production Code was put in effect.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Despite the talented cast, this one ends up looking preposterous.

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Aj V
A father and daughter movie where each has a vice that the other is trying to rid the other of. It's a very interesting story, and you can learn a lot… More
The Movie Waffler
This is most notable for containing what could be the first instance of what has become a Hollywood staple, the climactic courtroom speech. Barrymore ramps the… More
jay nixon
Gable's charisma is in full evidence here, even as a villian and Norma looks great but the film is hampered by staginess and some very mannered acting.
John Ballantine
Not one of the notable films from the thirties. This was a little silly for all involved.
Veronique Kwak
"a free soul" is the very flick which gets clark gable some female attention with the notorious scene of him pushing norma shearer roughly to the… More
Antonius Block
Great performances and a lively plot make this one quite entertaining. The premise is an alcoholic lawyer agrees to give up drinking provided his daughter… More