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Unholy Love (1932)

Not Rated | | Drama | 9 June 1932 (USA)
An adaptation of Madame Bovary transported to Rye, New York in the 1930's. All characters have been renamed.


Albert Ray


Gustave Flaubert (novel), Frances Hyland (adaptation)

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Cast overview:
H.B. Warner ... Dr. Daniel Gregory
Lila Lee ... Jane Bradford
Beryl Mercer ... Mrs. Cawley
Joyce Compton ... Sheilla Bailey Gregory
Lyle Talbot ... Dr. Jerome Preston 'Jerry' Gregory (as Lysle Talbot)
Ivan Lebedeff ... Alex Stockmar
Jason Robards Sr. ... Simmington
Kathlyn Williams ... Mrs. Bradford
Richard Carlyle Richard Carlyle ... Mr. Bailey
Frances Rich Frances Rich ... Gail Abbot


An adaptation of Madame Bovary transported to Rye, New York in the 1930's. All characters have been renamed.

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Release Date:

9 June 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deceit See more »

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Production Co:

Albert Ray Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Version of Madame Bovary (1937) See more »

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Dull and often poorly staged and acted.
11 February 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I loved how the opening credits for "Unholy Love" said 'suggested by MADAME BOVARY'. That's an old fashioned way of saying the stories have similarities but that the screenplay takes HUGE liberties--which is pretty funny since BOVARY is considered a classic.

The film is very much like dbborroughs says in their review. While watchable, the film is too mannered and dull--making it very tough going. However, I might even go further and say that some of the acting is downright terrible. While H.B. Warner is a fine actor, many of the others in the cast weren't so fine. Heck, a few stumbled over their lines and the film SHOULD have had these scenes re-shot. That they weren't and that the overall effort was so dull is an indication that either the director wasn't especially competent or the film was as cheap-o production and the low budget wouldn't all re-shots---or perhaps both. Not enjoyable and not worth the bother.

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