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The Unholy Garden

The Unholy Garden(1931)

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After the dashing English bank robber Barrington Hunt and his American accomplice, Smiley Corbin, flee from the site of their latest illegal accomplishment in Paris, Barry goes to Algeria. He keeps a low profile in the city of Orage while awaiting an opportunity to join Smiley in the desert at the hotel Palais Royale, a notorious "unholy garden," where criminals can safely hide without fear of police interference or extradition. His opportunity comes when Commandant Louis Lautrac sends his mistress, the sultry Elise Mowbry, to lure Barry into a trap. Barry agrees to go with Elise to her apartment, but after seeing a plaque identifying her car as belonging to Lautrac, he overpowers her and takes her with him as he drives to the Royale. There he is greeted by the hotel's owners, Mme. Lucie Villars and her husband, and Smiley, who tells him that their profits from their bank job disappeared when he met a "dame." Smiley is now embroiled in a scheme with some of the hotel's more unsavory inhabitants, including the German murderer Dr. Shayne, Colonel Von Axt, Kid Twist and Prince Nicolai Poliakoff. The group has discovered that Baron Louis de Jonghe, an elderly, blind, wheelchair-bound Parisian who has lived at the hotel for fifteen years with his innocent granddaughter Camille, is allegedly in possession of a huge sum of money that he embezzled from a bank. While the others vote to kill the baron and search his room immediately, Barry determines that the best way to the fortune is through the heart of the impressionable and lovely Camille. The suave Barry quickly wins the affections of Camille, who has grown to womanhood while surrounded by brutal criminals, and rejects the constant attempts by Elise to seduce him. Camille is crushed when Barry admits that he, too, is a criminal, and when he discovers the hiding place of the baron's money, it appears that he will still steal the money and disappear with Smiley, despite his own growing love for Camille. The other gangsters become suspicious of Barry's leisurely methods of finding the loot, and Elise confides to them that Smiley and Barry have asked for the use of her car. Suspecting that Barry intends to double-cross them, Shayne and Von Axt threaten him at the hotel's Christmas party, but Barry convinces them that he will steal the money that night and escape with them. While Twist and Nick the Goose are also threatening Barry, the baron's brother Alfred arrives and informs him that the government will pardon him if he returns to Paris and gives back the stolen money. The baron refuses, saying that the money is for Camille, and soon after Barry steals the money, the baron is killed by Von Axt. Barry befriends Alfred and convinces Camille that he is not her grandfather's murderer, and then helps them escape from the pursuing cutthroats. He gives the money to Camille, who has realized that she loves him no matter what, and unselfishly gives her up as he tells her that someday she will meet an honest man. He joins Smiley in Elise's stolen car, and as the two men escape, he answers Smiley's query about the money by saying that he just met a "dame."