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My Forbidden Past (1951)

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Barbara Beaurevel lives with her aunt and cousin in New Orleans in the late 1800's. In love with Mark Lucas, a research doctor at Tulane University, her plans to marry him are thwarted. ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Mark Lucas
Barbara Beaurevel
Paul Beaurevel
Lucile Watson ...
Aunt Eula Beaurevel
Janis Carter ...
Corinne Lucas
Gordon Oliver ...
Clay Duchesne
Basil Ruysdael ...
Dean Cazzley
Walter Kingsford ...
Jack Briggs ...
Cousin Philippe
Luther Toplady


Barbara Beaurevel lives with her aunt and cousin in New Orleans in the late 1800's. In love with Mark Lucas, a research doctor at Tulane University, her plans to marry him are thwarted. Barbara's family is of the high society stratum, but her late grandmother was not in fact the connection with her is something Barbara's aunt is most anxious to conceal. When Barbara inherits a fortune from her grandmother's side of the family, she uses it to try and win back Mark. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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SHE's the kind of woman that made NEW ORLEANS famous!




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14 April 1951 (USA)  »

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Carriage Entrance  »

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Worth a glimpse for rare Janis Carter performance
6 June 2002 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

Romantic melodrama hung with Spanish moss, My Forbidden Past is so much gaudy claptrap. Taking several actors who made their names in the hot crucible of film noir and plunking them into a tired, costumed period-piece showed perverse ingenuity. The plot involves duplicitous machinations within a love...trapezoid? New Orleans at some vague juncture between the Surrender at Appomatox and the Guns of August, 1914.

Both Robert Mitchum and Ava Gardner, as the "good" lovers, flail around like fish out of water; the best performances come from the skunks: Melvyn Douglas, Lucile Watson and, especially, Janis Carter, as Gardner's rival (and in the same league of tough cookies; she has been called, from her relative few appearances, the "poor man's Barbara Stanwyck").

The most baffling part of the movie concerns Gardner's deceased grandmother, whose name MUST NOT BE UTTERED! Mixed blood? It's just left that she was a "notorious" woman -- what, a voodoo priestess? Her life story sounds like better watching than these silly 70 minutes.

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