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Desirable (1934)

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A man meets the daughter of his lover and they begin to fall in love.


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(story) (as Mary McCall Jr.)
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Complete credited cast:
Jean Muir ...
George Brent ...
Verree Teasdale ...
Charles Starrett ...
Russell Hopton ...
Joan Wheeler ...
Barbara aka 'Babs'
Barbara Leonard ...
Margaret - Gray's Maid
Virginia Hammond ...
Mrs. Emily Gray
Pauline True ...
Mac's Secretary


Famous actress Helen Walbridge gives her lover, Stuart McAllister, the key to her apartment intending to meet him there after a party celebrating her latest success. Stuart finds Helen's daughter, Lois Johnson, when he gets there, waiting for her mother. Lois has been hidden in a school by Helen so it will not be known she has a 19-year-old daughter, which may interfere with her career. Stuart and Lois become great friends, causing Helen to become jealous enough to convince Lois she's in love with upper crust society bachelor Russell Gray when they meet at a party and he proposes. But when Lois meets Russell's family at their estate she feels totally out of place, and calls Stuart to come and take her home. The engagement is broken, but Helen resorts to other tactics to try to wrest Lois away from Stuart. Written by Arthur Hausner <>

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Drama | Romance






Release Date:

8 September 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desejável  »

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1.37 : 1
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Verree Teasdale, who played the mother of 'Jean Muir''s character, was only eight years older than Jean. See more »


When Lois is at the designer studio looking at a sketch of a gown, the white stripe on the black gown runs down the left side. In the next shot, when she's shown wearing the dress, the stripe is on the right side. See more »


Kunsterleben, Op. 316 (Artist's Life)
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauß
Played when Mac and Helen are at Mario's restaurant
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Not a bad idea for a plot but perhaps too much "aw, shucks" acting.
19 April 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is about a hidden daughter. It seems that a very vain and rather awful stage actress has kept her daughter hidden from the world for many years. We aren't sure why, but assume it's because the awful mother doesn't want anyone to see how old she actually is OR because she didn't want to be bothered with a child (or both). The mother simply has no interest in the kid--and now that she's grown, she STILL wants to keep her a secret.

When nice-guy George Brent accidentally meets this secret 19 year-old, he's taken by her innocence and how unlike her mother she is. In fact, while he takes on the role of a 'Dutch uncle' (like an unofficial guardian or protector), it's obvious he's falling in love with her. Amazingly, the daughter (Jean Muir) seems to have no inkling that this has occurred and sees him as a good friend...and that's all. While this isn't exactly a 'May-December romance', Brent's being in his 30s and she not quite 20 is a bit problematic. So he keeps this hidden desire to himself. What will become of this? Will the love continue unrequited? Will this sweet girl continue to allow her mother to treat her like an unwanted carbuncle? Tune in and see.

I liked the plot of this film. It is unique and interesting. My only serious reservation is that Muir's performance in the beginning is a bit too 'aw, shucks' naive for my taste. She seems like an 8 year-old who's just come to the big city and her wide-eyed innocence seems to have been put on a bit thick. However, I did like her character later as she matured a bit. This persona did change a bit and she gained a lot of strength as the film progressed. I liked this--but just wished they'd toned down her initial characterization. Still, it's a nice little movie that packs a nice, though somewhat predictable, punch.

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