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My Forbidden Past [DVD]

Robert Mitchum , Ava Gardner , Robert Stevenson    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
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  • Actors: Robert Mitchum, Ava Gardner, Melvyn Douglas, Lucile Watson
  • Directors: Robert Stevenson
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00576XCRA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,604 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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First official UK DVD release of this 1951 drama from RKO Pictures. A passionate romance, starring Ava Gardner as a beautiful heiress driven to extreme lengths when her dreams of true love are cruelly thwarted. New Orleans, the 1800's: Barbara Beaurevel (Gardner, Mogambo) inherits a fortune from her grandmother, a woman with a notorious reputation. Barbara pledges to use the money for good works but her noble intentions are quickly tested... Barbara's in love with Dr Mark Lucas (Mitchum, Angel Face); when he returns to the city with a new bride, Corinne, Barbara becomes desperate. She pays her wicked cousin Paul to seduce Corinne, hoping Mark will then abandon his wife. But when Corinne is murdered, Mark is blamed. Only Barbara can save him but she could lose everything if she does...SHE S THE KIND OF WOMAN THAT MADE NEW ORLEANS FAMOUS!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned! 16 Sep 2011
By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The niece (Ava Gardner) of an aristocratic but impoverished old New Orleans family falls in love with a penniless research scientist (Robert Mitchum). But when he returns from South America with a new bride (Janis Carter), she uses her recently acquired inheritance in her plans for revenge. Directed by Robert Stevenson (MARY POPPINS) from the novel CARRIAGE TRADE by Polan Banks, this is an old fashioned "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" melodrama and quite entertaining, too. Though the rough around the edges Mitchum is questionable casting as a bookish research scientist, the fetching Gardner is at the height of her beauty and one could be content basking in her exquisite close ups. The acting honors are stolen by Melvyn Douglas as Gardner's wily, unctuous and conscienceless cousin who ruins everything. He's positively slimy and it's a breath of relief when he gets his just desserts. The expert art and set direction recreates late 19th century New Orleans milieu with adroit dexterity and lovingly shot by Harry J. Wild (GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES). With Lucile Watson, Gordon Oliver and Clarence Muse.

The Odeon Entertainment DVD via Great Britain is a handsome B&W transfer in the appropriate 1.33 aspect ratio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious tosh! 26 Oct 2011
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When I was a child in the 1960's "My Forbidden past" was one of the few cinema feature films to regularly turn up on a Sunday afternoon as the "Film Matinee" on BBC TV.
I can't recall seeing it since those days, but it's a pleasure to view now. Expertly edited to just over seventy minutes, the plot zips along splendidly. It's a melodrama of the old fashioned school, with Ava Gardner as the jilted lover of Robert Mitchum who sets out to seek revenge on him. Ava is certainly at her most passionate here, and Mr Mitchum more than ever in his very laid back acting style. You can almost see in his face the obvious contempt he had for the lines he has to utter!

This is a real 1950's "programmer", originally designed to be one half of a double-bill programme. It is most attractively designed with lavish sets and plenty of costume changes for Ava (in spite of her emotional crisis!!).

As for the transfer, it's a nice crisp print with good audio and video quality. If you like these type of romances, you couldn't do better than this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars weak story 9 Oct 2011
By sueb
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this was a film of robert mitchums that i had not seen,so had to get it,while i love bob mitchum ,he was miscast here ,the story was slight ,i thought it was going to be many layered and rich ,but was thin ,ava looked great but that did not make up for the lack of story deapth sueb
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 July 2014
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I really liked this movie I am, a big fan of robert mitchim and ava gardner
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3.0 out of 5 stars Watch the actors 28 Aug 2013
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The story has nothing new to tell, but it's fun watching Douglas, Mitchum and Mrs. Gardner.
The running time of 70 Min. is exactly what this movie needs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "My Forbidden Past (1953) ... Robert Mitchum ... RKO Radio Pictures Film Noir" 17 Mar 2007
By J. Lovins - Published on
RKO Radio Pictures present "MY FORBIDDEN PAST" (1953) (81 mins/B&W) (Dolby digitally remastered) --- Starring Robert Mitchum, Ava Gardner, Melvyn Douglas & Janis Carter --- Directed by Robert Stevenson and released in December 12, 1951, our story line and film, 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 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 --- Good cast in a well directed story.

Under Robert Stevenson (Director), Polan Banks (Producer), Sid Rogell (Executive Producer), Robert Sparks (Producer), Leopold Atlas (Screenwriter), Polan Banks (novel "Carriage Entrance"), Marion Parsonnet, Frederick Hollander (Original Score), Harry J. Wild (Cinematographer), George C. Shrader (Editor) - - - - the cast includes 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) - - - - - Film noir has sources not only in cinema but other artistic mediums as well...the low-key lighting schemes commonly linked with the classic mode are in the tradition of chiaroscuro and tenebrism, techniques using high contrasts of light and dark developed by 15th- and 16th-century painters associated with Mannerism and the noir's aesthetics are deeply influenced by German Expressionism, a cinematic movement of the 1910s and 1920s closely related to contemporaneous developments in theater, photography, painting, scultpture, and architecture...opportunities offered by the booming Hollywood film industry and, later, the threat of growing Nazi power led to the emigration of many important film artists working in Germany who had either been directly involved in the Expressionist movement or studied with its practitioners...Directors such as Fritz Lang, Robert Siodmak, and Michael Curtiz brought dramatic lighting techniques and a psychologically expressive approach to mise-en-scène with them to Hollywood, where they would make some of the most famous of classic noirs. Lang's 1931 masterwork, the German M, is among the first major crime films of the sound era to join a characteristically noirish visual style with a noir-type plot, one in which the protagonist is a criminal (as are his most successful pursuers). M was also the occasion for the first star performance by Peter Lorre, who would go on to act in several formative American noirs of the classic era ... featuring top performances from the '40s and '50s with outstanding drama and screenplays, along with a wonderful cast and supporting actors to bring it all together ... another winner from the vaults of almost forgotten film noir gems


1. Robert Mitchum

Date of Birth: 6 August 1917 - Bridgeport, Connecticut

Date of Death: 1 July 1997 - Santa Barbara, California

2. Ava Gardner

Date of Birth: 24 December 1922 - Brogden, North Carolina

Date of Death: 25 January 1990 - Westminster, London, England, UK

3. Robert Stevenson (Director)

Date of Birth: 31 March 1905 - Buxton, Derbyshire, England, UK

Date of Death: 30 April 1986 - Santa Barbara, California

Hats off and thanks to Les Adams (collector/guideslines for character identification), Chuck Anderson (Webmaster: The Old Corral/B-Westerns.Com), Boyd Magers (Western Clippings), Bobby J. Copeland (author of "Trail Talk"), Rhonda Lemons (Empire Publishing Inc), Bob Nareau (author of "The Real Bob Steele") and Trevor Scott (Down Under Com) as they have rekindled my interest once again for Film Noir, B-Westerns and Serials --- looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage serial era of the '20s, '30s & '40s and B-Westerns ... order your copy now from Amazon where there are plenty of copies available on VHS, stay tuned once again for top notch action mixed with deadly adventure --- if you enjoyed this title, why not check out VCI Entertainment where they are experts in releasing B-Westerns and Serials --- all my heroes have been cowboys!

Total Time: 81 min on VHS ~ Turner Home Video ~ (1/29/1992)
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