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Stronger Than Desire (1939)

Passed | | Drama | 30 June 1939 (USA)
Wealthy socialite Elizabeth Flagg is courted by persistent Michael McLain, despite her protests that she is a married woman. McLain is just charming enough to attract Elizabeth into a ... See full summary »

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Tyler Flagg
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Eva McLain
Ilka Chase ...
Jo Brennan
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Barbara Winter
Richard Lane ...
Jerry Brody
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Susan Flagg (as Ann Todd)
Paul Stanton ...
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Ferike Boros ...
Mrs. D'Amoro
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Wealthy socialite Elizabeth Flagg is courted by persistent Michael McLain, despite her protests that she is a married woman. McLain is just charming enough to attract Elizabeth into a series of harmless dalliances. But when he tries to extort money from her, they quarrel violently and she shoots at him with his own gun. McLain's wife Eva is arrested for his murder. With strong circumstantial evidence against her, Eva seems sure to be convicted... until the guilt-ridden Elizabeth persuades her own husband, defense attorney Tyler Flagg, to take the woman's case. He does so, but without knowing of his wife's involvement. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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Here's a picture for lonesome wives! (originalad) See more »

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30 June 1939 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

Buddy Messinger is listed in studio records as a Bellhop in this movie, but he's not seen. See more »

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When McLain goes to look up Flagg's number in the phone book, entries in the column on the right are out of alphabetical order and are repeated two or three times. See more »

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Version of Evelyn Prentice (1934) See more »

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Played on piano by Ann E. Todd and sung by her and Walter Pidgeon
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Great Female players In A Decent Movie
18 November 2004 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This is part pre-noir, part white telephone women's picture. Walter Pigeon is less annoying than he generally was. The fancy-schmancy diction that was by no means limited to him works in this role as a rich lawyer.

The ladies are a great bunch: Virginia Bruce as his suffering wife who is accused of murder. Rita Johnson as a society girl he gets off a murder rap. Ilka Chase as Bruce's pal. And the great Ann Dvorak, not at her peak here but always good, as the wife of the cad who is murdered -- maybe by Bruce.

Thr dialogue is snappy, the plot moves along. But the denouement is annoying: Yes, Dvorak shot her husband to death but he was such a nasty person he deserved it. The jury buys this and Pigeon, Bruce, and their darling child are off on a long vacation in Europe.


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