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Temptation (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | 2 December 1946 (USA)
In a flashback, late-Victorian beauty Ruby, a divorcee with a shady past, calculatingly marries rich Egyptologist Nigel, who installs her at his Cairo estate while he digs for mummies. ... See full summary »


Irving Pichel


James B. Fagan (play) (as James Bernard Fagan), Robert Hichens (from the novel "Bella Donna") | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Merle Oberon ... Ruby
George Brent ... Nigel Armine
Charles Korvin ... Mahoud Baroudi
Paul Lukas ... Sir Meyer Isaacson
Lenore Ulric ... Marie
Arnold Moss ... Ahmed Effendi
Robert Capa Robert Capa ... Hamza
Aubrey Mather ... Dr. Harding
Ludwig Stössel ... Dr. Mueller
André Charlot André Charlot ... Prof. Dupont
Suzanne Cloutier ... Yvonne Dupont
Gloria Lloyd Roberts ... Jean McCormick (as Gloria Lloyd)


In a flashback, late-Victorian beauty Ruby, a divorcee with a shady past, calculatingly marries rich Egyptologist Nigel, who installs her at his Cairo estate while he digs for mummies. Bored, Ruby undertakes to recover a friend's letters from Baroudi. But when she meets the blackmailer, mutual attraction leads to an affair. As Ruby gets in deeper, she finds Baroudi is even more unscrupulous than she dreamed. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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"The Hedda Hopper Show - This Is Hollywood" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 1, 1947 with Merle Oberon reprising her film role. See more »


Ruby: Men are just begging to be lied to... so I lie. They don't fall in love with me; they never trouble to know me; they just fall in love. And they're cheated by their own imaginations.
Isaacson: Interesting viewpoint.
Ruby: It's the truth! If I can have everything I want, money, pleasure, admiration, just by a little harmless lying, I'd be a fool not to lie, wouldn't I?
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Life in Egypt
27 January 2018 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

We are in Egypt and Merle Oberon (Ruby) is approached by friend and Chief of Police Arnold Moss (Ahmed). He is visiting her as both a friend and in an official capacity. He asks that she attends his station the following day allowing her a final night to come clean with her husband Egyptologist George Brent (Nigel). She asks for a moment with her husband's friend Paul Lukas (Meyer) and so begins the flashback story of her life over the recent 3 years or so, especially her relationship with Charles Korvin (Baroudi).

The cast are good in this film and Oberon is a strong lead character. The dialogue is entertaining and the story keeps the audience engaged. George Brent doesn't have much to do and is pretty much a wet fish throughout the proceedings. The ending is somewhat predictable, forced and rushed but it does allow you to ignore the narrative as presented and come up with your own conspiracy theory. Is that what really happened?

Would you marry a boring man? A work colleague of mine did just that and whilst they are now divorced and she hates him, she found that the grass hasn't been greener and she has been hurt by her cheating next encounter. Sometimes boring can be jolly nice indeed. Actually, boring is one of the worst things - ignore that last thing. My work colleague is a bit weird.

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Release Date:

2 December 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bella Donna See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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