Soul Hustler, also known as The Day the Lord Got Busted, is a 1973 American feature film starring Fabian as a preacher.[2][3]

Soul Hustler
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Film poster
Directed byBurt Topper
Produced byBurt Topper
Written byBurt Topper
StarringFabian Forte
Nai Bonet
Tony Russel
Casey Kasem
Larry Bishop[1]
Music byHarley Hatcher
CinematographyAlan Stevenson
Edited byKenneth Crane
Burt Topper Productions
Distributed byAmerican Films Ltd
Release date
  • 1973 (1973)
Running time
81 mins
CountryUnited States


Singer Matthew Crowe (Fabian Forte) teams up with a tent show preacher (Tony Russel) who uses him as part of his touring show. Matthew lands a record deal and the preacher becomes his manager. They hire a group of musicians and become very successful. However, his new fortune increases his dependence on drugs, and his off-stage carousing threatens his career.


The film was shot in San Diego in 1971.

During production the film used the title That Lovin' Man Jesus[4] and later The Love-In Man.[5] It was also known as Matthew. Fabian filmed part of the picture at an Osmonds Concert at LA Forum - it was his first public singing performance in ten years.[6]


The film was released theatrically in the south but was a commercial disappointment.[7]


  1. ^ People: Larry Bishop: Making his own way Colander, Pat. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current file) [Chicago, Ill] 01 Oct 1976: a8.
  2. ^ The Day the Lord Got Busted at
  3. ^ Vagg, Stephen (26 August 2019). "The Cinema of Fabian". Diabolique.
  4. ^ Mason and Brando to Costar in New Film Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 28 Oct 1971: g15.
  5. ^ Fabian Has an Itch to Return to Music KORNHEISER, TONY. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 03 Jan 1973: h13.
  6. ^ "Hollywood Hold That Tiger". Cash Box. 18 December 1971. p. 14.
  7. ^ Brian Albright: Wild Beyond Belief! (McFarland, 2008) - Interview with Joyce King (pages 134-136) Linked 2014-06-18

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