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Plot, Details & Awards

A Free Soul

94min.
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Plot & Details

In this Academy Award-winning film, Stephen Ashe (Lionel Barrymore) is a hotshot Californian lawyer from a well-to-do family, whose main failing is his indulgence in alcohol. After winning a case for mobster Ace Wilfong (Clark Gable), Stephen brings his client along to a party at his parents' house for a little celebrating. However, when they arrive at their destination, Ace manages to steal the heart of Stephen's wild daughter, Jan (Norma Shearer), and the two run off together, much to the family's dismay. Stephen struggles to win his foolhardy daughter back from the clutches of her lowlife boyfriend, as she defies her father at every turn.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1930 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Lionel Barrymore Won
1930 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Norma Shearer Nominated
1930 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Clarence Brown Nominated

Film Daily

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1931 Film Daily 10 Best Films Won

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