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Forbidden (1932)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 9 January 1932 (USA)
A librarian takes a cruise and falls for an unobtainable man, a district attorney married to a crippled woman.

Director:

Frank Capra (as Frank R. Capra)

Writers:

Frank Capra (story), Jo Swerling (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Lulu
Adolphe Menjou ... Bob
Ralph Bellamy ... Holland
Dorothy Peterson ... Helen
Thomas Jefferson ... Wilkinson
Myrna Fresholt Myrna Fresholt ... Roberta - Baby
Charlotte Henry ... Roberta - Age 18 (as Charlotte V. Henry)
Oliver Eckhardt ... Briggs
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Storyline

On a cruise to Cuba, Lulu Smith falls in love with Bob Grover. Back home, she breaks off the romance when he tells her he is married. Lulu has a baby, but doesn't tell Bob, who turns out to be a rising politician. She passes herself off as the baby's nanny. When Bob learns what is going on, he adopts the little girl, not telling his wife or anyone else where she came from. Lulu gets a job at a newspaper. Things get complicated when the editor gets the dirt on Grover, but also wants to marry Lulu. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Her Greatest Dramatic Role !

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 January 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jane Doe See more »

Filming Locations:

Laguna Beach, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Production Code Administration (PCA) refused Columbia's request for approval in 1935 for re-release, citing the adultery, which was a code violation. The production code was strictly enforced starting in mid-1934. See more »

Goofs

The film begins in the present day, i.e. 1932. There is no attempt at period decor in any way; the automobiles, music, and clothing styles are all contemporary; twenty or thirty years pass by. The principals live out their lives, grow old, and die. Yet their surrounding environment never changes; it is still 1932. See more »

Quotes

Bob: Here's to you 66.
Lulu: Right back at you, 99.
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Connections

Featured in Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Ma Curly Headed Baby
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Very similar to Back Street
28 October 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Here's Forbidden in a nutshell: one-third Back Street, one-third Stella Dallas, and one-third Always Goodbye. And, considering that it came out the same year as Back Street, it doesn't seem to be the most original story in the world. On the other hand, if you like those three movies, you're almost guaranteed to like Forbidden!

Barbara Stanwyck starts the movie as an old maid, bespectacled librarian. Then, in the style of Queen Latifah in Last Holiday, she gets a makeover, quits her job, and closes out her bank account to spend her nest egg on a lavish vacation. While on that vacation, she meets and falls in love with the charming Adolphe Menjou. Their romance in the first part of the movie is so adorable! They have a wonderful natural chemistry with each other, and their situations are sweet and playful. For example, they each take turns miming their gifts of love while the other one claps; Adolphe presents a bouquet of flowers, and Barbara shows him the dinner she's made.

Since that's the beginning of the movie, the audience can expect a conflict. When Adolphe gives her the bad news, it's a tearful scene, but it isn't the end of their romance. The rest of the movie shows how they deal with the obstacle and how through it all, true love is the most powerful force. Sentimental folks will love this one. Film students will also want to check this one out, since director Frank Capra shows off his impressive framing skills in several scenes by placing the camera in interesting places.


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