Unashamed (film)

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Unashamed 1932 film publicity still.jpg
Twelvetrees and Young
Directed byHarry Beaumont
Screenplay byBayard Veiller
StarringHelen Twelvetrees
Robert Young
Lewis Stone
Jean Hersholt
John Miljan
Monroe Owsley
CinematographyNorbert Brodine
Edited byWilliam S. Gray
Distributed byLoew's Inc.
Release date
  • July 2, 1932 (1932-07-02)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited States

Unashamed is a 1932 American pre-Code, early noir, crime, drama film directed by Harry Beaumont, written by Bayard Veiller, and starring Helen Twelvetrees, Robert Young, Lewis Stone, Jean Hersholt, John Miljan and Monroe Owsley. It was released on July 2, 1932, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[1][2][3]

The film, as well as Two Against the World (1932), is based on a Philadelphia society murder by Eddie Allen, who killed Francis Donaldson III in an "honor killing".[4]


Several hundred extras appear in the courtroom sequence, described by Toronto's The Globe as "the first modernistic courtroom in a talking picture."[5]



Toronto's The Globe noted that the film "wove many new and modern angles into a strange gripping story."[5] It ran in that city from July 29[5] to August 4, 1932 at Loew's,[6] and ran at other theatres including the Capitol,[7] Belsize,[8] and Lyndhurst from August to January of the next year.[9]

The Spokesman-Review noted that Twelvetrees was given "a role that fits her well" after "ups and downs", and "the result is a picture of good entertainment value. Young is also a capable actor and gives Miss Twelvetrees adequate support."[10]


  1. ^ "Unashamed (1932) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  2. ^ "Unashamed". TV Guide. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  3. ^ "Movie Review - Unashamed - Honor Avenged. - NYTimes.com". The New York Times. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  4. ^ "Real-Life Society 'Honor Slaying' Inspires Two 1932 Films". January 14, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "Coming attractions: Coming to Loew's tomorrow". The Globe. Toronto. July 28, 1932. p. 8.
  6. ^ "Loew's advertisement". The Globe. Toronto. August 4, 1932. p. 2.
  7. ^ "To-day: Toronto's Neighbourhood Theatres". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. August 25, 1932. p. 30.
  8. ^ "To-day: Toronto's Neighbourhood Theatres". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. September 7, 1932. p. 23.
  9. ^ "Associated Theatres". The Toronto Daily Star. Toronto. January 5, 1933. p. 35.
  10. ^ "Actress given role to suit". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane WA. December 15, 1932. p. 5.

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