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Transgression (1931)

Passed  -  Drama  -  27 June 1931 (USA)
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When an English husband goes off to India for a year-long business trip, he also sends his wife to live in Paris to alleviate her loneliness and boredom. While she is there, she becomes ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Elsie Maury
Paul Cavanagh ...
Robert Maury
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Don Arturo de Borgus
Nance O'Neil ...
Honora 'Nora' Maury
Doris Lloyd ...
Paula Vrain
John St. Polis ...
Serafin, Arturo's Butler
Ruth Weston ...
Viscountess de Longueval
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ...
Julie, Elsie's French Maid
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Agostino Borgato ...
Carlos (scenes deleted)
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When an English husband goes off to India for a year-long business trip, he also sends his wife to live in Paris to alleviate her loneliness and boredom. While she is there, she becomes quite the courtesan, and meets a Spanish Don who falls in love with her. After her husband returns to meet her in Paris, she finds that the year has changed them somewhat. She is charmed by the Spaniard and duped by him and his conniving valet to come to Spain, just to see him for a few days. The first night that she is there, she falls in "love" with him, and writes a letter to her husband stating that she is going to leave him for the Spanish gentleman. A few minutes after the letter leaves, an old father comes into the estate and shoots the charmer; he had fathered a child by a 16-year-old daughter of this old man. With this new-found knowledge, our lady frantically returns to her husband who truly loved her all along, hoping to stop the letter and save her marriage. Will she be able to intercept ... Written by bughouse

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Poor Kay Francis suffers and suffers in another potboiler...
18 September 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This is one of those KAY FRANCIS weepies that was so popular with audiences in the '30s (don't ask me why). She suffers because she falls in love with an unethical Spaniard (RICARDO CORTEZ) who falls madly in love with her while her husband is away in India. Her foolish husband didn't want his wife to join him at his post in India because there would be too many hardships for her. The silly guy sends her off to Paris where she falls in love in "the city of love." Attired in gowns that must have seemed luxurious and fashionable in the '30s, Francis has a hard time stirring much sympathy in a poorly written role. The first half-hour of the story is hard to get through but things pick up somewhat once she joins Cortez at his lavish and remote hideaway in Spain--where he is ultimately murdered by a man seeking vengeance for Cortez's dalliance with his daughter.

Kay Francis, in the meantime, has written a confession to her husband that she is in love with Cortez, but must now attempt to retrieve the letter before hubby reads it. The last twenty minutes contain a surprise or two that saves the whole story from sheer banality. The final twist is the only saving grace of a hackneyed storyline.

Summing up: For Kay Francis fans only. Others beware.


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