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The Unholy Garden (1931)

A bunch of crooks team up to find and steal money from an old man and his daughter.

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Camille de Jonghe
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Eliza Mowbray
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Smiley Corbin
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Baron de Jonghe
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Dr. Shayne
Ullrich Haupt ...
Col. von Axt
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Kid Twist
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Nick the Goose
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Lucie Villars
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Prince Nicolai Poliakoff
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Col. Lautrac
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Alfred de Jonghe
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At a hotel in the middle of the Sahara Desert, an old man and his beautiful daughter try to keep the location of a hidden treasure from a collection of thieves and criminals staying at the hotel who are determined to get it. A suave gentleman thief arrives at the hotel one day with his own plan to get the loot, but complications ensue when he begins to fall for the daughter. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A GREAT STAR'S GREATER ACHIEVEMENT! Here is the Colman you knew in "CONDEMNED"... The Colman who startled you in "BULLDOG DRUMMOND"... Now giving you the thrill of a lifetime in a sensational story of sinners, sirens and strange adventure.

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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28 October 1931 (USA)  »

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El paraíso del mal  »

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1.37 : 1
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The film's promotional tagline was "Kiss or Kill!" The line appeared on a variety of posters. See more »

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When Hunt goes back to the group after reciting poetry to Camille at the mosque, he closes the door twice. See more »

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Barrington Hunt: Don't you see, I've done so many stupid things. So many rotten things. Let me do something decent. Just this once. Love me like that.
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Hotel in the Sahara Desert crawling with criminal thugs...
4 August 2011 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

RONALD COLMAN spent a fair share of his early career as a criminal on the loose. RAFFLES and THE UNHOLY GARDEN are some prime examples. Unfortunately, neither one of these films is rated high on any list of Colman's film resume.

THE UNHOLY GARDEN gets its title from the swarm of criminals and thieves residing at a seedy hotel in the Sahara Desert, where a beautiful young girl (FAY WRAY) is trying to keep her father's hidden wealth from the prying hands of a bunch of hoods determined to get their hands on the loot. Along comes gentleman RONALD COLMAN, himself a thief, who charms the girl but makes the mistake of falling in love with her. He finds his conscience before the final reel.

It's all played in a wildly overacted fashion with actors given to the kind of emoting that went out with silent pictures. Colman is credible in the lead but everyone else seems to be playing to the balcony.

The plot is similar to many other such crime capers, one in particular being a film made around the same time called SAFE IN HELL, whereby a young woman runs away from authorities to a South Seas island and must stay at a run-down hotel surrounded by unsavory criminals.

Nothing distinctive here about the story's treatment. Its only interest is giving the viewer a chance to see the young Ronald Colman playing a romantic lead.


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