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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.


(as Frank R. Capra)


(story), (adaptation)
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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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(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The 'riding along the beach' sequence was once longer than the version that exists today on Youtube in which 'Lulu' can only be seen in close-up shots that wouldn't have required Stanwyck to go anywhere near a horse (the rest of it, the gallop through the surf, would have been done by stand-ins in any case).When this picture surfaced on British t.v. in the '80s, there was extra footage of both main characters on horseback, talking as they rode before they had their passionate gallop.Maybe the sequence was cut to allow time for t.v. ads and the missing bit has effectively gone for good. See more »


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 »


Lulu: Who was them ladies I seen you with last night?
Holland: Them was no ladies. Them was... no ladies. When you can't have one, you go for all of them. It don't mean anything. You're different. I'd do anything in the world for you.
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time stands still!!
28 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What struck me about this film is the fact that although the story spans about 20 years, the hairstyles, clothes, cars, furniture and general infrastructure remain steadfastly "1932" throughout. Makes me wonder why they didn't start the film in 1912 - budget concerns over the cost of 1912 production values? Anyway, this melodrama is pretty routine for its time - contrived, fast-moving plot structure dealing with "naughty" subject matter, in this case cohabitation outside wedlock and its consequences. Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou and Ralph Bellamy are all quite arresting in their roles and there are some nice turns of dialog and at least one memorable camera angle during an emotional scene in which the only visible part of Stanwyck's face - mostly concealed behind Menjou's shoulder - is the area around her right eye, filmed through the spaces between balusters on a staircase. Whether this scene was meant to reflect the shadowy nature of the couple's relationship or just a way to make the scene more fun to watch, it's a standout.

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