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The Unholy Garden (1931)

A bunch of crooks team up to find and steal money from an old man and his daughter.


George Fitzmaurice


Ben Hecht (dialogue), Ben Hecht (story) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Ronald Colman ... Barrington Hunt
Fay Wray ... Camille de Jonghe
Estelle Taylor ... Eliza Mowbray
Warren Hymer ... Smiley Corbin
Tully Marshall ... Baron de Jonghe
Lawrence Grant ... Dr. Shayne
Ullrich Haupt Ullrich Haupt ... Col. von Axt
Kit Guard ... Kid Twist
Henry Armetta ... Nick the Goose
Lucille La Verne ... Lucie Villars
Mischa Auer ... Prince Nicolai Poliakoff
Henry Kolker ... Col. Lautrac
Charles Hill Mailes ... Alfred de Jonghe
Wilhelm von Brincken ... Undetermined Supporting Role (scenes deleted)


At a hotel in the middle of the Sahara Desert, an old man and his beautiful daughter try to keep the location of a hidden treasure from a collection of thieves and criminals staying at the hotel who are determined to get it. A suave gentleman thief arrives at the hotel one day with his own plan to get the loot, but complications ensue when he begins to fall for the daughter. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A GREAT STAR'S GREATER ACHIEVEMENT! Here is the Colman you knew in "CONDEMNED"... The Colman who startled you in "BULLDOG DRUMMOND"... Now giving you the thrill of a lifetime in a sensational story of sinners, sirens and strange adventure.


Crime | Drama | Romance







Release Date:

28 October 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El jardín del pecado See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film's promotional tagline was "Kiss or Kill!" The line appeared on a variety of posters. See more »


When Hunt goes back to the group after reciting poetry to Camille at the mosque, he closes the door twice. See more »


Camille de Jonghe: When you go away, I'll remember how nice you were. I won't mind what comes afterwards, so much. The other - you see, I'm not afraid. I know what's coming. It's just that I wanted it to begin, nicer than it will end.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Ronald Colman (1962) See more »

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Seedy and sweaty
5 September 2004 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

This is a pretty oddball film, plot-wise and characters. I've seen it a few times now and still can't make up my mind on how good it is - or not. It is dated of course, but who cares when you can be ogling Fay Wray at her peak!

Just how unlikely is the basic situation - a hotel in the middle of the Algerian desert full of cut-throats and thieves plus one trigger-happy old blind man and his beautiful daughter sitting on but protecting a useless fortune for years. The brainy fugitive rascal Colman appears and the cut-throats' plans to rob the old man suddenly coalesce and are dependent upon our dashing anti-hero finding the loot for them. All of the characters without exception are dislikeable but I'm afraid I don't know how faithful this is to the original book, or whether it was simply designed for the movie that way.

Never mind, Colman uses the opportunity splendidly to woo Wray, and the two couldn't look more beautiful as when splashed by the Goldwyn moonlight - others would have burst into song! He later goes Noble in a tortured climax, but hey that's Love!

To the Faithful: well worth watching - after "Raffles" it's definitely my next favourite Goldwyn Colman potboiler. To the Unbeliever: you won't get it, wait for a violent remake.

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