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Their Own Desire (1929)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 27 December 1929 (USA)
Lally is a rich girl whose father writes books and plays Polo. After 23 years of marriage, he decides to divorce his wife, and marry Mrs. Chevers. This sours Lally on all men, while on ... See full summary »

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Lally is a rich girl whose father writes books and plays Polo. After 23 years of marriage, he decides to divorce his wife, and marry Mrs. Chevers. This sours Lally on all men, while on vacation she meets Jack, who succeeds in stealing her heart. The trouble begins when Lally discovers that Jack is the son of Beth Chevers, her father's illicit lover. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Tire tracks of the camera vehicle on the turf of the polo field at the beginning of the picture. See more »

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Lucia 'Lally' Marlett: To think that we could dance and play around together last night, without even getting each other's names. I must have been crazy!
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Blue Is the Night
(1929) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Fred Fisher
Played and sung by an unidentified male voice at the resort dance
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A Thin Story Makes "Their Own Desire" Unsatisfying
11 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This early talkie has a running time of only 65 minutes. No surprise, then, that the story is rather thin. The lead character, Lally (Norma Shearer), is a young woman torn between her love for a man and her allegiance to her mother, who clings to her. Although Lally longs to reach out for personal happiness and to marry Jack (Robert Montgomery), she struggles to overcome her mother's indoctrination against marriage, which is based upon the failure of her own union.

Editing is choppy in "Their Own Desire" and the photography provides little beauty that might reflect the love between Lally and Jack. Stronger is the insidious, unhealthy devotion of Lally to her mother.

The ending feels false and simplistic, with no real resolution of the conflict. Still, Norma Shearer acquits herself well, showing a range of emotions.


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