Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance
An alcoholic lawyer who successfully defended a notorious gambler on a murder charge objects when his free-spirited daughter becomes romantically involved with him.
The role of Stephen Ashe won Lionel Barrymore his only Academy Award nomination for acting in his long film career (though he did garner a Best Director nomination for Madame X ). His role in A Free Soul (1931) is actually the fourth lead, and would likely have been nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category had it existed in 1931. Thus, as an Oscar winner, Barrymore holds the record for a Best Actor win achieved with the least amount of screen time, and his portrayal is, to this day, the only supporting performance to win the Best Actor award.
What's the tricks? What's the tricks?
At 21:19, we see that the gangsters are approaching, but when the car backs into the alley, too much time goes by before the gangsters actually pass by.