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Stolen Paradise (1940)

Robert Gordon (Leon Janney), a sheltered 18-year-old youth reared in a Catholic school, believes he has a vocation for the priesthood. He is taken to live with his father in his palatial ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Leon Janney ...
Patricia Morrow
Mrs. Ellen Gordon
Jerry Dean
Doris Blaine ...
Mary Hodge
Herbert Fisher ...
Father O'Malley
Roy Tracy ...
Tom Trowbridge
Fred Nielsey ...
Robert Gordon - Richard's Father
Mamie Smith ...
Martha (as Maime Smith)
Charles Shaw ...
Larry Hodge
Billy Vines ...
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Gilda Lynch ...
Edna Mae Harris ...
Maid (as Edna May Harris)
Augustus Smith ...
Dixon (as Gus Smith)
George Williams ...
Train Porter


Robert Gordon (Leon Janney), a sheltered 18-year-old youth reared in a Catholic school, believes he has a vocation for the priesthood. He is taken to live with his father in his palatial Florida home. There he falls in love with his step-sister, Patricia Morrow (Eleanor Hunt), ten years his senior. He runs away and joins the R.A.F. Shot down in battle, he is rescued and taken to a monastery where he renounces the world to study for the priesthood. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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December 1940 (USA)  »

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Final film of director Louis J. Gasnier (he had bit parts in a few films after this, but this was the last film he directed). See more »

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A Catholic Lad Comes of Age the Monogram Way
7 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A callow youth leaves his cloistered catholic school and discovers unrequited lust for his stepsister, liquor, and airplanes. Will the snares of the world capture our young lad, ow will he find his way back to his STOLEN PARADISE, a place in the bosom of the church?

Even though it is apparent from the start that this is to be a low budget picture, there are moments in the first reel that suggest promise. For one thing, the film itself has different locales than typical, as it is shot in Coral Galbles, Florida. Second, the plot is way different than the usual B-movie offering, as it delves into issues of faith and adolescence. Third, the film itself does not shy away from dicey subject matter, as it becomes clear the young man is fixated on his older (by ten years) stepsister, and the stepsister is somewhat fixated in return.

But, alas, the movie ultimately fails, through uninspired direction and acting. (The director and one of the stars was involved with Reefer Madness, which does explain some of the quality issues.) The male lead tries hard, but does not have the chops to pull off a hard to play role. And the cheapness of the whole operation does get in the way.

The result. Not really worth seeing, unless you have a taste for extreme low budget, and the acting problems that tends to cause.

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