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Forbidden (1932)

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

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(as Frank R. Capra)

Writers:

(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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Her Greatest Dramatic Role !

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Drama | Romance

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(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

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1.37 : 1
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The running-time, according to some reviews, could vary from 83 to 87 minutes. 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 »

Soundtracks

It's a Nice Day Today
(uncredited)
Music by Irving Bibo
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Great early Capra with Stanwyck and Menjou
4 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

Stanwyck and Menjou are on top form here, a real pleasure to watch, and the camera-work is exquisite; the story/pacing is weak in places but you won't mind this much (perhaps hardly notice) unless you're immune to the former. The film depicts, over a period of about 20 years, a complex clandestine love-relationship between the two leads, leaving some space for individual interpretation - not at all like most films made under the appalling thirty year tyranny of the Hayes code introduced a couple of years later. Forbidden is a serious, thought-provoking and often very moving film, with careful, 'arty' composition and psychologically-loaded lingering shots, but it also contains moments of melodrama (not in bad way) and humour (laugh-out-loud but quirky, not slapstick). Highly recommended, along with Capra/Stanwyck's The Bitter Tea of General Yen, made the following year. I give it a 7 - reluctantly, in my effort to be objective with regards to the story. I watched it on the big screen and I 'felt' it as an 8.


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