Soul of the Slums (1931)

61 or 64 mins | Melodrama | 15 November 1931

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HISTORY

The film was retitled His Guiding Destiny for broadcast on television. Modern sources credit Mathew Betz with the role of Jim ... More Less

The film was retitled His Guiding Destiny for broadcast on television. Modern sources credit Mathew Betz with the role of Jim Blake. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
29 Nov 31
p. 23.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Dec 31
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
28 Nov 31
p. 45.
Variety
29 Dec 31
p. 169.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
His Guiding Destiny
Release Date:
15 November 1931
Production Date:
at International Film Studios
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
61 or 64
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jerry Harris leaves prison after seven years, determined to get revenge on Jim Blake, the man who framed him by turning state's evidence. At Blake's house he finds Molly, the woman who lived with Blake, and she hides him from the police after they follow him from prison. The two fall in love and make a pact to find work and "go straight." Jerry seeks shelter at a mission, and stays to become the owner's helper. Blake, who is down and out, arrives at the mission and Jerry decides to kill him, but before he can, the mission is blown up and Blake dies in the explosion. Molly and Jerry are married in the rebuilt mission and plan to run it with the help of Jerry's two rehabilitated prison ... +


Jerry Harris leaves prison after seven years, determined to get revenge on Jim Blake, the man who framed him by turning state's evidence. At Blake's house he finds Molly, the woman who lived with Blake, and she hides him from the police after they follow him from prison. The two fall in love and make a pact to find work and "go straight." Jerry seeks shelter at a mission, and stays to become the owner's helper. Blake, who is down and out, arrives at the mission and Jerry decides to kill him, but before he can, the mission is blown up and Blake dies in the explosion. Molly and Jerry are married in the rebuilt mission and plan to run it with the help of Jerry's two rehabilitated prison friends. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Crime


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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