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Desire (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 28 February 1936 (USA)
An automotive engineer bound for a holiday in Spain meets a sultry jewel thief.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Hans Székely (play) (as Hans Szekely), Robert A. Stemmle (play) (as R.A. Stemmle) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marlene Dietrich ... Madeleine de Beaupre
Gary Cooper ... Tom Bradley
John Halliday ... Carlos Margoli
William Frawley ... Mr. Gibson
Ernest Cossart ... Aristide Duvalle
Akim Tamiroff ... Avilia - Police Official
Alan Mowbray ... Dr. Maurice Pauquet (mistakenly listed in end credits as Dr. Edouard Pauquet)
Zeffie Tilbury ... Aunt Olga
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George MacQuarrie ... Clerk With Gun (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Madeleine steals a string of pearls in Paris and uses US engineer Tom, who is driving on his vacation to Spain, to get the pearls out of France, but getting the pearls, back from him proves to be difficult without falling in love. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Taglines:

LOVE WAS HER PRECIOUS LOOT! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 February 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pearl Necklace See more »

Filming Locations:

San Sebastian, Spain See more »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 15, 1937 with Marlene Dietrich reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

When Tom catches up to Madeline at the border after she splashes mud over him while he's stopped to take a picture of himself, his car has far less mud on it than in previous shots. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Olga: People wouldn't be so afraid of dying if they could take a bottle of brandy with them.
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Featured in Stars of the Silver Screen: Marlene Dietrich (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Awake in a Dream
Music by Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederick Hollander)
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Played during the opening and end credits
Played on piano and sung by Marlene Dietrich
Played as background music often
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Highly enjoyable romantic comedy...
12 February 2002 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper show an unexpected flair for romantic comedy that goes into high gear during DESIRE. They are surrounded by some expert supporting players, including Alan Mobray as a doctor who is "taken" by Marlene's sly and crafty jewel thief.

The plot is thin but pleasant and moves at a fast clip with ample chemistry between Dietrich and Cooper more than making up for the slight story. When Dietrich accidentally lets Cooper get away with the pearl necklace she has stolen, she has to follow him and lure him back with some fancy scheming. John Halliday has fun with his role as her consort in crime but it is Alan Mobray who has the plum supporting role as the doctor she so charmingly deceives.

Diverting entertainment with Dietrich expert as the exotic jewel thief under Frank Borzage's direction. The whole picture has such a light touch you'd think it was directed by Ernst Lubitsch.


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