Desire (1936)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Crime  |  11 April 1936 (USA)
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An automotive engineer bound for a holiday in Spain meets a sultry jewel thief.



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Complete credited cast:
Tom Bradley
Carlos Margoli
Mr. Gibson
Ernest Cossart ...
Aristide Duvalle
Avilia, Police Official
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)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Customs Official (scenes deleted)


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 <>

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


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Release Date:

11 April 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Pearl Necklace  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


Aristide Duvalle: Cigarette?
Madeleine de Beaupre: No, thank you, I don't smoke.
Aristide Duvalle: Nor do I. A barbaric habit. One fills one's lungs and other people's eyes with smoke.
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Edited into Visions of Light (1992) See more »


I'm Driving a Bronson 8
Music from "Cielito Lindo", written by Quirino Mendoza
Sung a cappella by Gary Cooper several times
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great for a seventy year old film
29 March 2006 | by (London) – See all my reviews

My wife got me to watch this film the other day and i was expecting a really corny old film,but instead i found it really entertaining and i would have watched it just for the lovely vintage cars that you see so much of in this film.They don't make cars like that anymore.The plot of the film was very simple,although the robbery was very clever,in other words the film never becomes complicated,you never get lost,which is just right for a light comedy.Marlene is very seductive and very convincing as the shady lady who fools Gary Cooper,the pair are excellent together,the chemistry between them is electric.I don't know why this isn't a classic as it hasn't really dated,I think a modern audience would still enjoy this film, as i did.I think in future ill always give these 1930s romances the benefit of the doubt,as there may be others like this one that are total gems.

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