Silent Cinema at the Music Box

Mon, Mar 9th, 2020

Rare and classic silent films, the way they were meant to be seen! Featuring live musical accompaniment on the famous Music Box organ by Dennis Scott, Music Box House Organist. 


General Admission Tickets – $11 / Senior Tickets – $9 / Music Box Members – $7

Traffic in Souls

A FILM BY: George Loane Tucker
STARRING: Jane Gail, Ethel Grandin, William H. Turner

Live accompaniment by Music Box house organist Dennis Scott | Programmed and co-presented by the Chicago Film Society

The earliest feature films to grace American screens were spectacles imported from the stage or from Europe. It's no wonder that TRAFFIC IN SOULS, an all-American, effortlessly cinematic blend of thrills, melodrama, and social critique, would stand out like a flare in a tinderbox. Promoted as a "full-blooded sermon" that allegedly dramatized the results of a highly-publicized 1910 grand jury investigation into sex trafficking chaired by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., TRAFFIC IN SOULS is a Progressive Era tract outfitted with enough pulp espionage to make it a runty American cousin of the hyperbolic crime cinema of Louis Feuillade and Fritz Lang. With a frenetic tempo that rivals D.W. Griffith, TRAFFIC IN SOULS may be past its centenary, but it's never stopped to catch its breath.

Print courtesy of the Library of Congress

Technical Information

Production Year: 1913
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 75 mins
Format: 35mm