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Desire (1936)

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

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

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The Pearl Necklace  »

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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 1, 1940 with Marlene Dietrich reprising her film role. See more »

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Gary Coopers tie is long and thin in the beginning of the luggage search at the border. It is tucked slightly into his trousers and has no tie bar. After one of the cuts to Dietrich, it is shorter and wider, and bears a tie bar. See more »

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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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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
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Dietrich and Cooper steal away some laughs in this breezy romance
13 June 2001 | by (Cleveland, OH) – See all my reviews

Marlene Dietrich stars as a European jewel thief who comically pilfers an extremely rare and expensive pearl necklace from a renowned jewelry store in France. Making her escape through Europe, she keeps bumping into a persistent, not-so-bright, vacationing American motor engineer played delightfully by Gary Cooper. After blowing he and his advances off several times, she realized that he unknowingly has obtained her stolen prize, and now she must find him in Spain and play up to him romantically. The film is very breezy and light most of the way, and Cooper and Dietrich do a fine job together. Meanwhile, Ernest Cossart as the jeweler and Alan Mowbray as a psychiatrist who is an unwitting accomplice to Dietrich have a great comedic scene with each other early on in Mowbray's office. 7 out of 10.


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