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Forbidden

Barbara Stanwyck fronts a clumsy 1932 melodrama by Frank Capra, made shortly before he found himself with Platinum Blonde. A small-town spinster, Stanwyck is suddenly seized by the rage to live. Packing off to the city, she becomes the governor's mistress and, soon enough, the mother of his illegitimate child. Dull and stagy overall, but the opening scenes show Capra experimenting with something very like deep focus, a rare bit of visual inventiveness. With Adolphe Menjou and Ralph Bellamy. 83 min.

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