My Forbidden Past (1951)

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This period melodrama stars Ava Gardner as Barbara Beaurevel, a woman who inherits a substantial fortune from her grandmother. The source of the Beaurevel estate is a subject much whispered about among polite company, but Barbara hopes to wipe away its stigma by using her money to help others through good works. Barbara is in love with Dr. Mark Lucas (Robert Mitchum), but since the good doctor is married, there is little she can do to win his affection. Barbara persuades Paul (Melvyn Douglas) to try to seduce Dr. Lucas' wife Corinne (Janis Carter) in hopes of driving him away from her. Not long after this plan fails, Barbara finds a way to truly prove her love to Dr. Lucas. Corrine is murdered, Dr. Lucas is accused of the crime, and Barbara realizes that the testimony that could save his life would mean having to reveal the truth about her grandmother's shameful past.
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Classics , Drama
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Cast

Robert Mitchum
as Dr. Mark Lucas
Ava Gardner
as Barbara Beaurevel
Melvyn Douglas
as Paul Beaurevel
Lucile Watson
as Aunt Eula
Clarence Muse
as Pompey
Cliff Clark
as Horse Vendor
Janis Carter
as Corinne
Will Wright
as Luther Toplady
Basil Ruysdael
as Dean Cazzley
Kenneth MacDonald
as Police Lieutenant
Gordon Oliver
as Clay Duchesne
Johnny Lee
as Toy Vendor
Barry Brooks
as Policeman
Everett Glass
as Elderly Doctor
Watson Downs
as Hotel Clerk
Jack Briggs
as Cousin Phillipe
John Buddy Williams
as Fishmonger
Daniel DeLaurentis
as Candle Boy
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That this stodgy nonsense production is mildly entertaining is mildly surprising.

Full Review… | August 25, 2008
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I thought this was going to be a film noir. It's from RKO in 1951. stars Robert Mitchum and has a vaguely salacious title. I was wrong. Oh, how I just despise thouse three words. Especially in this case, as [i]My Forbidden Past[/i] is your run-of-the-mill melodrama, complete with a last-minute courtroom revelation. Oh, I'm so titillated. I'm not even going to bother describing the plot because I stopped paying attention about 30 minutes in. Robert Mitchum and Ava Gardner were both sexy and performed well enough, but I got the sense that they cared about the plot about as much as I did (think [i]The Little Foxes[/i] only in New Orleans and without anything interesting). Third-billed was Melvyn Douglas and he's always just bugged the shit out of me. He comes off as smug and self-satisfied in every single movie. The only thing I've ever liked him in is [i]Ninotchka,[/i] because...actually, come to think of it, I like [i]Ninotchka[/i] despite his presence.

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