Forbidden (1932)


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.

Director: Frank Capra.
Writers: Frank Capra (story), Jo Swerling (adaptation).
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, Ralph Bellamy, Dorothy Peterson, Thomas Jefferson, Myrna Fresholt, Charlotte Henry, Oliver Eckhardt.


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  1. June 12, 2022

    This is a wonderful, rarely seen film, Essential for Capra and Stanwyck fans. Well done, Jon!

  2. Johm
    August 24, 2022

    Thanks so much I’d put watching this off for so long. Wasn’t disappointed at all. Especially the fireplace scene was something I’ll never forget.

  3. carol tenge
    January 17, 2023

    Immense. Intense vision, concept beginning to end. Pne of a kind.

  4. carol tenge
    January 17, 2023

    Beyond words…….

  5. Eric Wall
    June 25, 2023

    Superb melodrama . . . moved to tears dear boy.

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