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Stolen Paradise (1940)

Robert Gordon (Leon Janney), a sheltered 18-year-old youth reared in a Catholic school, believes he has a vocation for the priesthood. He is taken to live with his father in his palatial ... See full summary »


Louis J. Gasnier (as Louis Gasnier)


Robert Spafford (screenplay), Arthur Hoerl (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Leon Janney ... Richard 'Dick' Gordon
Eleanor Hunt ... Patricia Morrow
Esther Muir ... Mrs. Ellen Gordon
Wilma Francis ... Jerry Dean
Doris Blaine Doris Blaine ... Mary Hodge
Herbert Fisher Herbert Fisher ... Father O'Malley
Roy Tracy Roy Tracy ... Tom Trowbridge
Fred Nielsey Fred Nielsey ... Robert Gordon - Richard's Father
Mamie Smith Mamie Smith ... Martha (as Maime Smith)
Charles Shaw Charles Shaw ... Larry Hodge
Billy Vines Billy Vines ... Salesman on Train
Gilda Lynch Gilda Lynch ... Janet
Edna Mae Harris Edna Mae Harris ... Maid (as Edna May Harris)
Augustus Smith Augustus Smith ... Dixon (as Gus Smith)
George Williams George Williams ... Train Porter


Robert Gordon (Leon Janney), a sheltered 18-year-old youth reared in a Catholic school, believes he has a vocation for the priesthood. He is taken to live with his father in his palatial Florida home. There he falls in love with his step-sister, Patricia Morrow (Eleanor Hunt), ten years his senior. He runs away and joins the R.A.F. Shot down in battle, he is rescued and taken to a monastery where he renounces the world to study for the priesthood. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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December 1940 (USA) See more »

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Adolescence See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Final film of director Louis J. Gasnier (he had bit parts in a few films after this, but this was the last film he directed). See more »

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Three Movie Careers End
24 July 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Leon Janney misses his father's marriage to Esther Muir -- his mother had died several years earlier -- because the weather did permit him to fly from the Catholic boy's school he had been attending. He does get to meet his stepsister, Eleanor Hunt, who impresses him greatly before he heads off to college. there, he becomes a little more worldly wise, and a bit cruel. He realizes he's in love with Miss Hunt, but she's several years older, so he torments himself and his girlfriend, lounge singer Wilma Francis; she breaks with him after a torrid evening, when she tells him not to call, and if he does, use her name, rather than that of Miss Hunt.

It's a fairly old-fashioned movie that looks like it should have been a Pre-code movie. Technically, it's very primitive for 1940. It also was the last movie for three of the key personnel. Director Louis J. Gasnier had been directing for 35 years, but he had been flailing fr minor studios since his contract with Paramount had ended in 1935. Eleanor Hunt's career in the movies had begin in 1930, when she was pulled from the chorus for WHOOPEE!; her appearance here is almost certainly because she was the wife of the movie's producer, George Hirliman.

Leon Janney's case is a little more complicated. He was born in 1917 and made his first stage appearance at the age of 2. He appeared in movie shorts in 1925, in features from 1927. He did not limit himself to the moves. He appeared on Broadway in 1934, and in the late 1930s became a popular radio actor, particular on GANGBUSTERS. He continued acting on the radio into the 1970s, but he was also a board member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and an officer of Equity. He returned to the movie screen in three small roles from 1959 through 1970. Leon Janney died in 1980 at the age of 63.

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