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My Forbidden Past (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 14 April 1951 (USA)
Barbara Beaurevel lives with her aunt and cousin in New Orleans in the late 1800's. In love with Mark Lucas, a research doctor at Tulane University, her plans to marry him are thwarted. ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Polan Banks (novel), Leopold Atlas (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Mitchum ... Dr. Mark Lucas
Ava Gardner ... Barbara Beaurevel
Melvyn Douglas ... Paul Beaurevel
Lucile Watson ... Aunt Eula Beaurevel
Janis Carter ... Corinne Lucas
Gordon Oliver ... Clay Duchesne
Basil Ruysdael ... Dean Cazzley
Clarence Muse ... Pompey
Walter Kingsford ... Coroner
Jack Briggs ... Cousin Philippe
Will Wright ... Luther Toplady
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Storyline

Barbara Beaurevel lives with her aunt and cousin in New Orleans in the late 1800's. In love with Mark Lucas, a research doctor at Tulane University, her plans to marry him are thwarted. Barbara's family is of the high society stratum, but her late grandmother was not in fact, and the connection with her is something Barbara's aunt is most anxious to conceal. When Barbara inherits a fortune from her grandmother's side of the family, she uses it to try and win back Mark. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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SHE's the kind of woman that made NEW ORLEANS famous!

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carriage Entrance See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Both Ann Sheridan and Polan Banks sued Howard Hughes for not respecting the contract clauses replacing Sheridan by Ava Gardner on loan from MGM. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Barbara Beaurevel: Good-bye. Until tomorrow.
Dr. Mark Lucas: No. I'm taking a boat to South America. Tonight at eight o'clock.
Barbara Beaurevel: But, how long will you be gone?
Dr. Mark Lucas: A couple of months. I've got the university to send me.
Barbara Beaurevel: Why didn't you tell me?
Dr. Mark Lucas: I wanted to cut it sharp - with a knife.
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Worth seeing for Ava...
28 July 2009 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

While the story meanders and wavers,and at times seems like a quick spin off of "Gone with the Wind", some of the scenes and closeups with Ava Gardner are lovely and amazing.

Robert Mitchum as a research physician studying at Tulane;Gardner the unrequited love who delivers a letter to him before he leaves to go up north. Mitchum returns to New Orleans with a new brassy blonde in tow. She is clearly an opportunist who wants Mitchum for his future fortune, unlike Ava who claims to truly love him.She uses an ill-gotten inheritance to tempt him, there is a scandal and she indeed reminds us of Scarlett O'Hara.

This film also reminds one of "Raintree County" another imitation of "Gone with the Wind" with Elizabeth Taylor as the set-piece.ThIs film though has several nice sets of Old New Orleans,the manners and customs and varied cultures,and with the lovely Gardner in several memorable shots, is well worth a look.


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