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Transgression (1931)

Passed | | Drama | 27 June 1931 (USA)
Elsie sets out for a holiday in Paris and develops an affair while her husband spends a year working in India.


Herbert Brenon


Kate Jordan (novel), Elizabeth Meehan (adaptation) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Kay Francis ... Elsie Maury
Paul Cavanagh ... Robert Maury
Ricardo Cortez ... Don Arturo de Borgus
Nance O'Neil ... Honora 'Nora' Maury
Doris Lloyd ... Paula Vrain
John St. Polis ... Serafin, Arturo's Butler
Ruth Weston ... Viscountess de Longueval
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... Julie, Elsie's French Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Agostino Borgato ... Carlos (scenes deleted)


When an English husband goes off to India for a year-long business trip, he also sends his wife to live in Paris to alleviate her loneliness and boredom. While she is there, she becomes quite the courtesan, and meets a Spanish Don who falls in love with her. When her husband returns to meet her in Paris, she finds that the year has changed them both. She is charmed by the Spaniard and duped by him and his conniving valet to come to Spain, just to see him for a few days. While there, she falls in "love" with him, and writes a letter to her husband stating that she is going to leave him for the Spanish gentleman. A few minutes after the letter leaves, an old man comes to the estate, mad with anger and loss, shoots the charmer because he had fathered a child by his 16-year-old daughter and both died in childbirth. With this new-found knowledge, our lady frantically returns to her husband who truly loved her all along, hoping to stop the letter and save her marriage. Will she be able to ... Written by bughouse, A..Nonymous

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A drama of a wife who made the mistake of telling the truth. (Print Ad-Brocton Mirror, ((Brocton, NY)) 11 November 1931) See more »





Did You Know?


When Elsie (Kay Francis) is breaking up her affair early in the film she states "the comedy has ended". This is the same line that appears on the last title card of Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1927), a Lon Chaney drama that Herbert Brenon also directed. See more »


Version of The Next Corner (1924) See more »

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pre-Hayes code look at turbulent marriage
14 December 2007 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Transgression is another look at a turbulent marriage during the slightly-naughty early 1930s in film. From the very beginning, we are given numerous examples of how absent minded and silly Elsie Maury (Kay Francis) is. Her husband Robert (Paul Cavanagh) is off to India without her, so she will go to Paris, which seems to be just asking for trouble in this pre-Hayes-Code flick. Paul Cavanagh had only been in movies a couple years, and would go on to do many early TV appearances and movies, including quite a few horror films. Kay Francis had her start in "Coconuts" with the Marx brothers, and was probably best known as the lead actress in Man Wanted, King of the Underworld, or Confession. While quite beautiful, Francis' sometime stares wide-eyed into the camera, trying to give the impression she is thinking quite hard. The sound quality in Transgression is pretty bad, but it was 1931. Ricardo Cortez (had a couple of leading roles in the 1920's and 1930's) plays Arturo, Elsie's Spanish lover. Also, in the opening scene, Elsie's mother is played by Nance O'Neil, who had played Mercedes in the first full length version of Count of Monte Cristo 1913 (and was a close friend of Lizzie Borden...) Interesting outdoor scenes of Spain, which probably are not authentic. There are surprises, suspense, and plot twisting within the movie that helps to keep it interesting. Starts slow and goofy, gets better as it goes along.

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Release Date:

27 June 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Around the Corner See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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