Unholy Love (June 9, 1932)

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H.B. Warner and Lila Lee in Unholy Love
 

Released on June 9, 1932: The girl from the other side of the tracks searches for love in High Society in this Madame Bovary story updated to a 'modern' 1932 New York setting.

Directed by Albert Ray

The Actors: H.B. Warner (Doctor Daniel Gregory), Lila Lee (Jane Bradford), Beryl Mercer (Mrs. Crawley), Joyce Compton (Sheilla Bailey-Gregory), Lyle Talbot (Dr. Jerry Gregory), Ivan Lebedeff (Alex Stockmar), Jason Robards Sr. (Simmington), Kathlyn Williams (Mrs. Bradford), Richard Carlyle (Mr. Bailey), Frances Rich (Gail Abbot), Wilson Benge (Joseph, Jerry's butler), Al Bridge (Police Sergeant), Miki Morita (Tam, Stockmar's valet), William H. O'Brien (country club waiter).

 

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Can a poor girl from the other side of the tracks successfully marry a wealthy man and find happiness? Or maybe I should say it like this: Can a wealthy man marry a poor girl and successfully bring her into society circles and have her become an accepted part of the wealthy set? If you are not familiar with the famous novel about Madame Bovary, here is what you need to know before you watch this fabulous story.

Wealthy doctor Dan Gregory and his young son, new doctor Jerry Gregory are pillars of the community. Everyone believed that young Jerry would one day marry wealthy young Jane Bradford . . . they are such a wonderful couple. But young Dr. Jerry's first case is the old, poor town gardener , who just happens to have a gorgeous young blonde daughter. They fall head-over-heels in love and get married without telling anyone. When the old gardener passes on young Dr. Jerry tells his father and the world that he has married Sheila, the gardener's daughter. Of course society shuns the girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and her husband young Doctor Jerry is too busy with his practice to give Sheila the love and attention she so desperately desires. So Sheila has an affair with a wealthy unmarried man that she meets, and we all know that things will not end well for anyone. The rest of the story is very well balanced in its approach . . . If you want to believe that Sheila the gardener's daughter is a bad seed that should never have gotten involved with high society, there is plenty of evidence for that. If you want to believe that young Doctor Jerry Bradford is a nice guy but dumb as a rock when it comes to women, there is evidence for that. If you want to believe that high society was too snobby to accept the young girl and that drove her to infidelity, there is evidence for that. If you want to believe all of it, it all fits the plot. The only thing I believe is that it is an amazing story and I believe that H.B. Warner, as the wise father, is the kind of man I would like to become. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy an excellent story of high society love and loss.

H.B. Warner and Joyce Compton
H.B. Warner as father-Doctor Dan Gregory, with Joyce Compton, his son's new wife.
Lila Lee
Lila Lee as Jane Bradford, the girl everyone thought young Doctor Jerry would one day marry
Al Bridge and H.B. Warner
Al Bridge and H.B. Warner
Beryl Mercer
Beryl Mercer
Beryl Mercer
Beryl Mercer tells H.B. Warner that young Sheila has always been a bad girl
Frances Rich
Frances Rich
H.B. Warner and Kathlyn Williams
H.B. Warner and Kathlyn Williams
H.B. Warner and Lila Lee
H.B. Warner and Lila Lee
H.B. Warner
H.B. Warner as Doctor Daniel Gregory in Unholy Love
Ivan Lebedeff and Joyce Compton
Ivan Levedeff and Joyce Compton flirt with each other
Ivan Lebedeff and Miki Morita
Ivan Lebedeff and Miki Morita
Ivan Lebedeff as Alex Stockmar
Ivan Lebedeff as Alex Stockmar in Unholy Love
Ivan Lebedeff and Joyce Compton
Iavn Lebedeff is kissed by Joyce Compton
Jason Robards Sr. and Joyce Compton
Jason Robards Sr. and Joyce Compton
Jason Robards Sr.
Jason Robards Sr. as Simmington in Unholy Love
Joyce Compton and Lyle Talbot
Joyce Compton and Lyle Talbot as the gardener is dying
Kathlyn Williams
Kathlyn Williams as Mrs. Mary Bradford
Lila Lee and H.B. Warner
Lila Lee hears from H.B. Warner that his son has married someone else
Lila Lee
Lila Lee as Jane Bradford in Unholy Love
Lila Lee
Lila Lee changes the radio station on the 'little' radio at Ivan Lebedeff's apartment
Lila Lee
Lila Lee learns that young Doctor Jerry has married the gardener's daughter
Lyle Talbot and H.B. Warner
Lyle Talbot and H.B. Warner in Unholy Love