My Forbidden Past

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My Forbidden Past
My Forbidden Past FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Stevenson
Produced by Polan Banks
Robert Sparks
Written by Leopold Atlas (adaptation)
Screenplay by Marion Parsonnet
Based on Carriage Entrance
1947 novel
by Polan Banks
Starring Robert Mitchum
Ava Gardner
Melvyn Douglas
Music by Friedrich Hollaender
Cinematography Harry J. Wild
Edited by George C. Shrader
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • April 21, 1951 (1951-04-21) (USA)[1]
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,150,000 (US rentals)[2]

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

Plot summary[edit]

In 1890s New Orleans, wrongly believing Barbara Beaurevelle (Ava Gardner) had stood him up on the eve of their elopement, Dr. Mark Lucas (Robert Mitchum) has returned from South Africa accompanied by Corinne (Janis Carter), a woman he married on the rebound. Determined to win him back, Barbara bribes her cousin (Melvyn Douglas) to break up the marriage, a cold-blooded scheme that ends in death and the doctor suspected of murder.



The film recorded a loss of $700,000.[4]


  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. ^
  4. ^ Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p256.

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