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My Forbidden Past

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My Forbidden Past
My Forbidden Past FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRobert Stevenson
Written byLeopold Atlas (adaptation)
Screenplay byMarion Parsonnet
Based onCarriage Entrance
1947 novel
by Polan Banks
Produced byPolan Banks
Robert Sparks
StarringRobert Mitchum
Ava Gardner
Melvyn Douglas
CinematographyHarry J. Wild
Edited byGeorge C. Shrader
Music byFriedrich Hollaender
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • April 21, 1951 (1951-04-21) (U.S.)[1]
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,150,000 (US rentals)[2]
In from trailer
In from trailer

My Forbidden Past is a 1951 film noir directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Robert Mitchum and Ava Gardner.[3] Adapted by Leopold Atlas from Polan Banks' novel Carriage Entrance.


1890s New Orleans, Dr. Mark Lucas (Robert Mitchum) wrongly believed Barbara Beaurevel (Ava Gardner) refused him the of in their previously planned elopement. Mark has returned from South America accompanied by Corinne (Janis Carter), a woman he married because of a grudge against Barbara. Determined to win him back, Barbara, already having inherited a large sum from his grandmother, bribes her cousin Paul (Melvyn Douglas) to seduced Corinne and thereby break up the marriage, as a result cold-blooded plan ends in death Corinne and suspicion of Mark in murder. In the end, Barbara realizing her insidious act at the trial, confesses everything, thereby once again becoming a woman worthy of love.


Robert Mitchum in My Forbidden Past trailer.jpg
Ava Gardner in My Forbidden Past trailer.jpg
Melvyn Douglas in My Forbidden Past trailer.jpg
Lucile Watson in My Forbidden Past trailer.jpg
Janis Carter in My Forbidden Past trailer.jpg


The film was to star Ann Sheridan. Under her contract she had co star approval. RKO claimed she refused all the names offered her and thus terminated the contract, replacing her with Ava Gardner. Sheridan sued RKO for $350,000. The case went to trial and in February 1951 the jury awarded her $55,162, being the minimum amount Sheridan would have earned during filming from April to August 1949 plus $5,162 for costs. It was shown that Sheridan would have approved Mitchum as a co star.[4]


The film recorded a loss of $700,000.[5]


  1. ^ "My Forbidden Past: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  2. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1951', Variety, January 2, 1952
  3. ^ "My Forbidden Past (1951) - Robert Stevenson - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  4. ^ $55,162 WON IN SUIT BY ANN SHERIDAN: Federal Jury on Coast Gives Actress Damages for Claim Against R.K.O. Studios Of Local Origin By THOMAS F. BRADY New York Times 7 Feb 1951: 47.
  5. ^ Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p256.

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