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The Unholy Garden (1931)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 28 October 1931 (USA)
A bunch of crooks team up to find and steal money from an old man and his daughter.


George Fitzmaurice


Ben Hecht (dialogue), Ben Hecht (story) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Ronald Colman ... Barrington Hunt
Fay Wray ... Camille de Jonghe
Estelle Taylor ... Eliza Mowbray
Warren Hymer ... Smiley Corbin
Tully Marshall ... Baron de Jonghe
Lawrence Grant ... Dr. Shayne
Ullrich Haupt Ullrich Haupt ... Col. von Axt
Kit Guard ... Kid Twist
Henry Armetta ... Nick the Goose
Lucille La Verne ... Lucie Villars
Mischa Auer ... Prince Nicolai Poliakoff
Henry Kolker ... Col. Lautrac
Charles Hill Mailes ... Alfred de Jonghe
Wilhelm von Brincken ... Undetermined Supporting Role (scenes deleted)


At a hotel in the middle of the Sahara Desert, an old man and his beautiful daughter try to keep the location of a hidden treasure from a collection of thieves and criminals staying at the hotel who are determined to get it. A suave gentleman thief arrives at the hotel one day with his own plan to get the loot, but complications ensue when he begins to fall for the daughter. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A GREAT STAR'S GREATER ACHIEVEMENT! Here is the Colman you knew in "CONDEMNED"... The Colman who startled you in "BULLDOG DRUMMOND"... Now giving you the thrill of a lifetime in a sensational story of sinners, sirens and strange adventure.


Crime | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

28 October 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El jardín del pecado See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film was generally well received, both critically and commercially. See more »


When Hunt goes back to the group after reciting poetry to Camille at the mosque, he closes the door twice. See more »


Kid Twist: A banker, huh? I always knew there was something queer about him.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Ronald Colman (1962) See more »

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Disappointing Pre-Coder Despite Coleman, Wray, and Hecht
30 November 2014 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Ronald Coleman Must have Thought when Sound Arrived in Hollywood that He Would Become an Even Bigger Star. What With a Voice that Could Melt Steel and the Coldest Femme Fatale Along with the Drop Dead Looks that Made Him a Silent Star. A Whole New World Would Open Up for the Likable Actor to Conquer.

It was Not to Be. Given Atrocious Projects He Very Quickly Became Box-Office Poison and Although He Continued Working for Decades, His Star was Never Again as Bright as During the Silents. The Double Life (1947) is a Welcome Exception.

In this Flop, Written by Ben Hecht and Co-Starring Fay Wray, a Very Busy Actress During this Period, Coleman is the Whole Show Surrounded by Unlikeable Clichéd Characters in a Dull, Dusty Setting.

The Film Never Really Clicks but is Mildly Engaging and Estelle Taylor as a Slinky Bad Girl Showing Some Pre-Code Vampiness, is a Highlight. But Warren Hymer as Coleman's Sidekick is a Distraction and Way Over the Top.

Overall, Pre-Code Fans Won't Find Much Here to Get Excited About and the Movie Mostly Just Lies There as the Desert Setting Isn't Very Exotic or Interesting. Worth a Watch for Pre-Code Completists, Fans of Coleman and Wray but Others May Find it Very Creaky. Not the Best Work of the Two Stars or Writer Hecht.

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