Born to Be Bad Overview:

Born to Be Bad (1934) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Lowell Sherman and produced by Raymond Griffith, Darryl F. Zanuck, Joseph M. Schenck and William Goetz.


A ruthless woman claws her way into an affair with a wealthy man while carrying on with a writer. Standard Hollywood melodrama made worthwhile by Ray, who had a unique affinity for outcasts and loners.

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Opening Night of Noir City 13: WOMAN ON THE RUN (1950), BORN TO BE BAD (1950)

By Lara on Jan 17, 2015 From Backlots

The 1407 seat Castro Theatre was packed solid last night for the opening night of what has become a veritable San Francisco tradition, the Film Noir Foundation’s Noir City film festival. For the past 13 years, film aficionados passionate about?the dark side of classic cinema have flocked to Sa... Read full article

Born to Be Bad (1934) (2)

By Beatrice on Apr 21, 2013 From Flickers in Time

Born to Be Bad Directed by Lowell Sherman 1934/USA 20th Century Pictures First viewing Loretta Young plays Letty Strong, an unwed mother who works as a “model” and “sales promoter” to support herself and her seven-year-old son, Mickey. ?Life has made her hard as nails and she... Read full article

Born to Be Bad (1950)

By Kristen on Jun 6, 2012 From Journeys in Classic Film

Today’s post is a tad late, I know. ?Blame it on the beautiful Idina Menzel who I saw in concert today (well technically Tuesday!). ?I’m gushing I know but enough about me let’s talk about Joan Fontaine. ?The amazing Dawn of Noir and Chick Flicks?recently reviewed today’s fil... Read full article

Born to Be Bad(1950).

By Dawn on May 29, 2012 From Noir and Chick Flicks

Born to Be Bad(1950). Melodrama directed by Nicholas Ray. Cast: Joan Fontaine and Robert Ryan. It is based on the novel.. All Kneeling, by Anne Parrish. On the same day that Donna Foster, is planning on hosting a party for artist, Gabriel, her boss John Caine's niece, Christabel, arrives to attend ... Read full article

Born to Be Bad (1934) (1)

By Lindsey on Feb 27, 2012 From The Motion Pictures

Born to Be Bad (1934): 4/5 Let’s be honest, we all know what attracted me to this movie. Two words: CARY. GRANT. I’ll watch anything he’s in. His leading lady is Loretta Young, who portrays a young, unmarried mother named Letty Strong. Letty relies on her looks and wit to provide f... Read full article

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The film ran into censorship problems from the start, mainly from the character portrayed by Loretta Young and the skimpy clothes she wore. It was rejected twice by the Hays office before it was finally given an approval certificate, after several cuts and retakes (and all this before the Production Code was more rigorously enforced). Sidney Lanfield directed retakes on 10 November 1933 because director Lowell Sherman was on vacation; other retakes were made early in 1934. In 1935, the film was on a list at the Hays Office, of those films whose release should be halted, but it is not known if any action was ever taken.
Andrew Tombes is on an early cast list playing the part of "Max Lieber." A character called "Max" is mentioned in the film, but Tombes never appeared.
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