Cinema: The New Pictures: Jun. 15, 1931

A Free Soul (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer). There is nothing on the stage or screen more impressive than a Barrymore indicating degenerate addiction to alcohol—a condition which causes the eyes to pop out and the nostrils to grow, though almost imperceptibly, wider. In this picture, it is Lionel's adroitness at such tricks which enables you to believe in incidents, which, however convincingly they be arranged, are basically somewhat ridiculous. He impersonates Stephen Ashe, a brilliant and bibulous lawyer whose daughter is so much influenced by his eccentric conduct that she sees nothing wrong in having...

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