Road to Paradise (film)

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Road to Paradise
The Road to Paradise 1930 Poster.jpg
Directed byWilliam Beaudine
Written byF. Hugh Herbert
Based onCornered (1920 play)
by Dodson Mitchell and Zelda Sears
StarringLoretta Young
Jack Mulhall
Raymond Hatton
Music byLeo F. Forbstein
CinematographyJohn F. Seitz
Edited byEdward Schroeder
Distributed byFirst National Pictures
Release date
  • July 20, 1930 (1930-07-20)
Running time
74 minutes
CountryUnited States

Road to Paradise is a 1930 American pre-Code drama film produced and distributed by First National Pictures, and starring Loretta Young, Jack Mulhall and Raymond Hatton.[1] It was directed by William Beaudine and is based on a 1920 play Dodson Mitchell by Zelda Sears called Cornered.[2] The film was a remake of a 1924 silent version, entitled Cornered, which was also directed by William Beaudine.


Loretta Young plays the part of an orphan who has been raised by two thieves (Raymond Hatton and George Barraud) and does not know that she has a twin sister who is now a wealthy socialite (Loretta Young as Margaret Waring). One day, while she is dining at a Chinese restaurant with her two guardians, they notice the wealthy socialite and are taken aback at how closely she resembles Young. Hatton and Barraud convince Young that she should impersonate the socialite so that they can enter her house and steal the contents of her safe. Young enters the house and meet Jack Mulhall who senses something different about Waring and immediately falls in love with Young. When night falls, Young lets Hatton and Barraud into the house and they attempt to open the safe. Waring happens to enter the house and is shocked to find a woman that looks like her. She is wounded by Barraud and Young tricks the police into thinking that Waring is an imposter and thief. Even though Mulhall knows the truth, he keeps quiet because he is in love with Young. Eventually Young discovers that Waring is her twin sister when they discover that they have matching lockets. The charges against Waring are dropped and Young accepts Mulhall's proposal of marriage.


Preservation status[edit]

The film survives intact has been shown on television and cable. Road to Paradise has been preserved at the Library of Congress.[3][4]

Home media[edit]

The film is available on DVD from the Warner Archive Collection as a double bill with another Loretta Young film Week-End Marriage.


  1. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1893-1993:Road to Paradise
  2. ^ Cornered as produced on Broadway December 8 1920 to April 1921, Astor Theatre, 143 performances;
  3. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c. 1971
  4. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, (<-book title) page 153 by The American Film Institute, c.1978

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