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Forbidden (1932)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 15 January 1932 (USA)
In this romance a librarian takes a cruise and falls for an unobtainable man, a district attorney married to a crippled woman.

Director:

(as Frank R. Capra)

Writers:

(story), (adaptation)
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Cast

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Lulu
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Bob
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Holland
Dorothy Peterson ...
Helen
Thomas Jefferson ...
Wilkinson
Myrna Fresholt ...
Roberta - Baby
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Roberta - Age 18
Oliver Eckhardt ...
Briggs
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Storyline

On a cruise to Cuba, Lulu Smith falls in love with Bob Grover. Back home, she breaks off the romance when he tells her he is married. Lulu has a baby, but doesn't tell Bob, who turns out to be a rising politician. She passes herself off as the baby's nanny. When Bob learns what is going on, he adopts the little girl, not telling his wife or anyone else where she came from. Lulu gets a job at a newspaper. Things get complicated when the editor gets the dirt on Grover, but also wants to marry Lulu. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Release Date:

15 January 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jane Doe  »

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Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

While filming the horse-riding scene on the beach, Barbara Stanwyck's horse was frightened by the movie lights, reared, threw the star off, and then kicked her on the way down. Stanwyck suffered a dislodged tail-bone, an injury which, though it didn't hold up production, did cause the actress discomfort for the rest of her life. See more »

Goofs

The film begins in the present day, i.e. 1932. There is no attempt at period decor in any way; the automobiles, music, and clothing styles are all contemporary; twenty or thirty years pass by. The principals live out their lives, grow old, and die. Yet their surrounding environment never changes; it is still 1932. See more »

Quotes

Holland: [to Lulu] And this, a photograph, which I found in your trunk, of you and your boyfriend making whoopie in Havana.
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Connections

Featured in Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) See more »

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Dramatic Climax
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Music by David Broekman
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Despite a poor script, you still feel the hand of a great movie director
2 April 2005 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

"Forbidden" is no doubt pure melodrama. Frank Capra, its director expressed in his autobiography, that he " should have stood in bed". Fortunately he didn't because although the story is "soggy and 99.44% pure soap opera", using his own words, it still retains powerful moments and excellent interpretations from its main actors: Barbara Stanwyck and Adolphe Menjou. Their first meeting at a cruise to Havana, with Menjou so drunk that he ends in a wrong cabin (number 66 instead of 99) where Stanwyck, bored and happy to encounter somebody, is one of many moments where Capra's talent is evident. Raplh Bellamy is also fine as the managing editor of a newspaper, where gossip is always welcome. No doubt that this early talkie, with some flaws or doubtful situations, still partially conceals that behind the camera there is one of the masters of cinema: Frank Capra. I clearly recommend not to miss this imperfect but valuable movie.


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