Forbidden (1932)






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In this romance a school marm takes a cruise and falls for an unobtainable man, a district attorney married to a crippled woman.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Frank Capra, Jo Swerling
In Theaters:
Columbia Pictures


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Critic Reviews for Forbidden

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

The vitriol and hurt coursing through this prickly, scandalous pre-code melodrama from 1932 may wrong-foot those who had director Frank Capra pegged as head cheerleader for good ol' American democracy and cheery, affirmative humanist values.

Full Review… | October 27, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

This is sadly disappointing stuff from such masters of their craft.

Full Review… | October 28, 2010
Radio Times

Well before the end the whole thing collapses into rip-roaring melodrama.

Full Review… | October 27, 2010
Total Film

Audience Reviews for Forbidden


Overblown meller that Missy Stanwyck makes worth watching, as she always did.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

early soaper and one of many workings of capra and stanwyck who capra said 'when she turned it on everything else stopped"!


The best of Capra's pre-code films. This very simple, elegant movie tells the life story of good people doing so-called "bad things" where you sympathize with everyone involved. Lulu meets a nice man in Havana and they fall in love. Unfortunately he's married to a woman he feels obligated to (who's not a shrew, just not right for him that's handicapped because of an auto accident that he was behind the wheel of) and Lulu doesn't want to ruin his life. So they carry on a secret affair for 20 years, even have a child together that he passes off as his adopted daughter. There's something very deep, true, and real in this movie and Stanwyck nearly breaks your heart over and over in this movie. The look on her face when she sees her child call his wife "mommy" had me in heart wrenching despair. Stanwyck always threw herself fully into every part she played and she always came off as genuine. That was always her strength.

The only weakness comes in the third act when a very weird and random murder of a character that is suddenly vilified occurs, but other than that a fine film that really opens your mind up about adultery and why people may do it.

Stephanie Merchant

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