Forbidden (1953 film)

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Theatrical release lobby card
Directed by Rudolph Maté
Produced by Ted Richmond
Screenplay by Gil Doud
William Sackheim
Story by William Sackheim
Starring Tony Curtis
Joanne Dru
Music by Frank Skinner
Cinematography William H. Daniels
Edited by Edward Curtiss
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • December 2, 1953 (1953-12-02) (United States)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Forbidden is a 1953 thriller film noir directed by Rudolph Mate, featuring Tony Curtis and Joanne Dru.[1]


Eddie Darrow works for American gangster Barney Pendleton, who sends him to Macao to find a woman, Christine Lawrence, and bring her back. Aware of a previous romantic attraction between the two, Pendleton tells his thug Chalmer to follow Eddie on the trip, just in case.

At a nightclub and casino, Eddie saves the owner, Justin Keit, from some Chinese men attacking him. A grateful Justin invites him home and introduces Eddie to his fiancee, Christine.

Eddie is bitter because Christine had run off to marry a criminal named Manard, who is now dead. In a moment to themselves, unaware that a jealous Justin is eavesdropping, Christine explains that she wed Manard only because he threatened to do Eddie harm. She also says Pendleton wants her back because Christine has hidden documents that could land Pendleton behind bars. He is reluctant to believe her.

Justin, just to keep an eye on Eddie, offers him a job at the casino. There he befriends an Asian piano player named Allan. A local gambler named Hon-Fai is robbed and killed, and Eddie has a hunch Justin could be behind this. Christine makes it clear she isn't in love with Justin, and she and Eddie passionately kiss.

Chalmer shows himself, suspicious that Eddie has decided to take Christine for himself and flee. Eddie denies this, lying that he is deceiving Christine and fully intends to follow Pendleton's orders, bringing her back to the States. He is unaware that Christine overhears this. In a fit of anger, she decides to marry Justin after all.

As a gang war breaks out, Chalmer is killed and Justin does indeed turn out to be a ruthless criminal. Allan, the pianist, reveals himself to be an undercover agent of the law. He is able to get Eddie and Christine on board a boat leaving for San Francisco, and when Justin tries to pursue them, he ends up on a boat that explodes.



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