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Stronger Than Desire (1939)

Passed  -  Drama  -  30 June 1939 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Tyler Flagg
Lee Bowman ...
Michael McLain
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Eva McLain
Ilka Chase ...
Jo Brennan
Rita Johnson ...
Barbara Winter
Richard Lane ...
Jerry Brody
Ann E. Todd ...
Susan Flagg (as Ann Todd)
Paul Stanton ...
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Ferike Boros ...
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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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WHY NOT A HARMLESS FLIRTATION! But see what happened to a woman who just once...but once too often! (original 2x9 newspaper ad) See more »

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30 June 1939 (USA)  »

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Acuso Minha Mulher  »

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

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Follows Society Lawyer (1939) See more »

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Three Blind Mice
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Traditional children's nursery song
Played on piano by Ann E. Todd and sung by her and Walter Pidgeon
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Good Courtroom Drama
25 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some say that 1939 was the best movie year ever. Well, rack up another good one for 1939: "Stronger Than Desire".

This is sort of an under-the-radar women's picture that is not your big splashy ballyhoo project but it is worthwhile being just what it is. Beyond the murder, criminal trial etc. it should be mentioned that the lead actresses Virginia Bruce and Ann Dvorak stay totally in character and deliver some true emotion, seriously and no kidding. You can tell they were both committed to their roles and to this film's point of view.

It has a rather ordinary plot but it is elevated by excellent performances and overall film craftsmanship that is far beyond the b-movie budget. All the acting is first-rate. For example, even the little girl gives a superior child-actor performance. And the gigolo/heel part is very well written and performed- you will be convinced that this guy is really evil.

This film has some cautionary points to make and an effective overall theme that some things are stronger than mere desire/flirtation. You will "get it". "Stronger Than Desire" is a good example of a lawyer/courtroom type film, with emphasis more on drama rather than accurate legal proceedings.


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