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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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(play) (as Hans Szekely), (play) (as R.A. Stemmle) | 3 more credits »
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Tom Bradley
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Carlos Margoli
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Mr. Gibson
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Aristide Duvalle
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Avilia, Police Official
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Dr. Maurice Pauquet (mistakenly listed in end credits as Dr. Edouard Pauquet)
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Aunt Olga
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Clerk With Gun (scenes deleted)
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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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28 February 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Pearl Necklace  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Desire
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Music by Friedrich Hollaender
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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The Lubitsch Touch Is Felt Again
27 August 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

The DESIRE for a fabulous string of pearls has unexpected results for the beautiful thief.

Bearing the unmistakable impress of its legendary producer, Ernst Lubitsch, here is a stylish concoction of witty dialogue & sophisticated romance sure to please the most discriminating palate. It is a shame that the film is so badly neglected, as it is a joy from start to finish. With impeccable production values, the film is also a study in handsome sets & costumes.

Gorgeous Marlene Dietrich ravishes the eye with her sheer physical presence, but her beauty should not detract from her acting ability, which is considerable. She presents us with a woman of mystery & slowly, deliberately, allows us to acquaint ourselves with her character. She imbues it all with a real sense of humor, which makes her first scenes, in which she pulls off a classic jewel robbery, all that more delightful.

Rawboned & enthusiastic, there is very little mystery swirling about Gary Cooper, playing an American auto engineer working in Paris. Embracing all life might bring him in his first trip to Spain, he is wide open and ready for passionate romance when Dietrich blows into his life. Their screen time together is charged with sensual electricity which no Production Code could disguise.

Deftly underplaying the menace of his role, John Halliday is dangerously suave as a thieving ‘prince' who manages to keep one step ahead of the law. Ernest Cossart & Alan Mowbray are wonderful as Parisian gentlemen who fall victim to Dietrich's schemes (one has his pearls purloined, the other gets his dignity damaged).

Elderly English actress Zeffie Tilbury is given an unusually choice role, playing the matriarch of the gang of thieves. Arriving late in the proceedings, with only a few scenes she is able to make us wish we knew a lot more about her character.

In much smaller roles, William Frawley as Cooper's boss & Akim Tamiroff, as a Spanish police official blinded by Dietrich's beauty, do well with their few minutes on the screen.


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