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Transgression (1931)

Passed | | Drama | 27 June 1931 (USA)
Elsie sets out for a holiday in Paris and develops an affair while her husband spends a year working in India.

Director:

Herbert Brenon

Writers:

Kate Jordan (novel), Elizabeth Meehan (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kay Francis ... Elsie Maury
Paul Cavanagh ... Robert Maury
Ricardo Cortez ... Don Arturo de Borgus
Nance O'Neil ... Honora 'Nora' Maury
Doris Lloyd ... Paula Vrain
John St. Polis ... Serafin, Arturo's Butler
Ruth Weston ... Viscountess de Longueval
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... Julie, Elsie's French Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Agostino Borgato Agostino Borgato ... Carlos (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

When an English husband goes off to India for a year-long business trip, he also sends his wife to live in Paris to alleviate her loneliness and boredom. While she is there, she becomes quite the courtesan, and meets a Spanish Don who falls in love with her. When her husband returns to meet her in Paris, she finds that the year has changed them both. She is charmed by the Spaniard and duped by him and his conniving valet to come to Spain, just to see him for a few days. While there, she falls in "love" with him, and writes a letter to her husband stating that she is going to leave him for the Spanish gentleman. A few minutes after the letter leaves, an old man comes to the estate, mad with anger and loss, shoots the charmer because he had fathered a child by his 16-year-old daughter and both died in childbirth. With this new-found knowledge, our lady frantically returns to her husband who truly loved her all along, hoping to stop the letter and save her marriage. Will she be able to ... Written by bughouse, A..Nonymous

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Taglines:

HER LIFE SHACKLED BY THE SHAME OF A SIN SHE NEVER COMMITTED! (Print ad- Citizen-Advertiser ((Auburn, N. Y.)) 29 September 1931)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

27 June 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Around the Corner See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

When Elsie (Kay Francis) is breaking up her affair early in the film she states "the comedy has ended". This is the same line that appears on the last title card of Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1927), a Lon Chaney drama that Herbert Brenon also directed. See more »

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Alternate-language version of Nuit d'Espagne (1931) See more »

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Cavanaugh packs, Ricardo unwraps
27 April 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Transgression is about a woman played by Kay Francis who nearly pays dear for one and has a lot of anxious moments. But who wouldn't when she gets seduced by Ricardo Cortez. Is it really worth it.

This is a film unlikely in this day and age to get a modern remake. In those early talkie days, all kinds of material was bought by the studios to give dialog to the players who could now talk on screen.

I'm not sure what Paul Cavanaugh was thinking when he goes to some rugged back country of India instead of leaving his wife on their respectable English estate he packs her off to gay Paree. I mean what did he think was going to happen with that frisky woman he married?

Ricardo Cortez is what happens, a charmer, a seducer, and one thoroughgoing rat. After that it's one of those old fashioned melodramas with the proper ending as per those times.

Cortez and Francis do their best. But Transgression is just out of step with these times.


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