The Forbidden Thing (1920)

Drama | November 1920

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HISTORY

Associated Producers, Inc. was comprised of seven famous directors, Dwan among them. This was Dwan's first production for them. Some scenes in this film were shot near Oxnard and Hueneme, CA. Production was delayed because of scheduling conflicts with James Kirkwood, the leading player, and illness to cameraman Tony Gaudio and ... More Less

Associated Producers, Inc. was comprised of seven famous directors, Dwan among them. This was Dwan's first production for them. Some scenes in this film were shot near Oxnard and Hueneme, CA. Production was delayed because of scheduling conflicts with James Kirkwood, the leading player, and illness to cameraman Tony Gaudio and Kirkwood. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
ETR
20 Nov 20
p. 2609.
MPN
6 Nov 20
pp. 3475-78.
MPW
27 Nov 20
p. 509.
New York Morning Telegraph
7 Mar 1920.
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NYR
21 Nov 1920.
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Wid's
21 Nov 20
p. 7.
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LITERARY
Based on the short story "The Forbidden Thing" by Mary Mears in Metropolitan Magazine (Apr 1920).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
November 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Allan Dwan
Copyright Date:
4 November 1920
Copyright Number:
LP15761
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Puritanical Abel Blake is planning to marry the domestically oriented Joan when she is called away to a neighboring fishing village to care for her sick uncle. In her absence, Abel falls under the corrupting influence of some friends who take him to Ryan's, a notorious dance hall, where he meets seductress Glory Prada. Glory determines to make a conquest of Abel, who gradually falls under her spell and finally marries her. After learning of the news, Abel's mother dies of grief and Joan marries Dave, a fisherman. Abel is ostracized by the townspeople because of their animosity towards his wife, who soon tires of him and elopes with Jose Silva, proprietor of a traveling circus. Several years pass, during which time Glory is shot to death by Jose and Dave drowns in a storm, leaving behind Joan and their two children. Abel agrees to care for Joan's son, but in a fit of despondency decides to drown himself. As he enters the water, his ward cries after him and Abel regains his will to live. Later, when Joan comes to visit her son, she and Abel reunite and start life ... +


Puritanical Abel Blake is planning to marry the domestically oriented Joan when she is called away to a neighboring fishing village to care for her sick uncle. In her absence, Abel falls under the corrupting influence of some friends who take him to Ryan's, a notorious dance hall, where he meets seductress Glory Prada. Glory determines to make a conquest of Abel, who gradually falls under her spell and finally marries her. After learning of the news, Abel's mother dies of grief and Joan marries Dave, a fisherman. Abel is ostracized by the townspeople because of their animosity towards his wife, who soon tires of him and elopes with Jose Silva, proprietor of a traveling circus. Several years pass, during which time Glory is shot to death by Jose and Dave drowns in a storm, leaving behind Joan and their two children. Abel agrees to care for Joan's son, but in a fit of despondency decides to drown himself. As he enters the water, his ward cries after him and Abel regains his will to live. Later, when Joan comes to visit her son, she and Abel reunite and start life anew. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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