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The False Madonna (1931)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 5 December 1931 (USA)
A woman who is a member of a gang of con artists impersonates the mother of a wealthy blind man; she comes to feel a true motherly love for the young man, and refuses to try to cheat him.

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Stuart Walker

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Arthur Kober (adapted by), Ray Harris (adapted by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Kay Francis ... Tina
William 'Stage' Boyd ... Dr. Ed Marcy (as William Boyd)
Conway Tearle ... Grant Arnold
John Breeden ... Phillip Bellows
Marjorie Gateson ... Rose
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Peter Angel (as Chas. D. Brown)
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A woman who is a member of a gang of con artists impersonates the mother of a wealthy blind man; she comes to feel a true motherly love for the young man, and refuses to try to cheat him.

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1931 (USA) See more »

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Cheated See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.20 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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"Roamin' in the Gloamin' (uncredited)
Written by Harry Lauder
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Implausible story Even Kay Francis Can't Help!
2 April 2002 | by sobaokSee all my reviews

It took brave souls to attempt filming this moth-ball ridden story. Poor Kay Francis at 26 plays the long lost impostor-mother of a blind teenager in order to inherit the boys fortune! She's part of a gang of crooks and agrees to be the "false madonna" as a final fling with crime. The teenager (John Breedon) is so terribly earnest and sweet that Kay feels her "mother love" instinct and can't follow through with the machinations. The boys caretaker (Conway Tearle) is on to Kay, but keeps her secret as the boys health is on the wane; the boy couldn't stand the "shock" of knowing his new found mother is a phony. The actors do what they can with this off-the-wall story-line. Scenes between Kay and the boy are actually quite moving and when Kay takes a second look at the life she's been living, the effect is quite poignant. If you're a fan of Francis you'll enjoy watching her almost get away with the impossible.


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