The Secret of Madame Blanche (1933)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Release Date - Feb 3, 1933 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 83 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Secret of Madame Blanche is one of those "confessional" film dramas which movie fans of the early 1930s ate up like bonbons. Irene Dunne stars as a musical hall entertainer who is impregnated by a wealthy young man (Phillips Holmes). They marry, but the husband kills himself. Under the pressure of father-in-law Lionel Atwill, Dunne gives up the baby. Two decades pass: Irene crosses her son' path again. He commits a murder, and she willingly takes the blame--never letting the boy know her true identity. Secret of Madame Blanche is a remake of an equally teary Norma Talmadge silent film; both pictures bore the heavy influence of Madame X.

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entertainer, false-conviction, father-in-law, murder, pregnancy, son, suicide