Forbidden (1932)

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.
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Columbia Pictures


Ralph Bellamy
as Holland
Thomas Jefferson
as Wilkerson
Myma Fresholtz
as Roberta, age 2
Charlotte Henry
as Roberta (age 18)
Tom Ricketts
as Briggs
Myrna Fresholtz
as Roberta as a Baby
Helen Parrish
as Roberta (age 8)
Mary Jo Ellis
as Roberta (age 12)
Robert Parrish
as Office Boy
Dick Winslow
as Office Boy
Cooke Phelps
as Office Boy
Roger Byrne
as Office Boy
Carmencita Johnson
as Children in Halloween Scene
Seesel Ann Johnson
as Children in Halloween Scene
Larry Dolan
as Children in Halloween Scene
Lynn Compton
as Children in Halloween Scene
Claude King
as Mr. Jones
Florence Wix
as Mrs. Smith
Robert Graves
as Mr. Exner
Harry Holman
as Lovelorn Columnist
Gertrude Pedlar
as (uncredited)
Wilfred Noy
as (uncredited)
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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

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

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

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

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


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
Stephanie Merchant

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