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All I Desire (1953)

Approved | | Drama | 15 October 1953 (Italy)
In 1910, a wayward mother re-visits the family she deserted.



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Complete credited cast:
Dutch Heinemann
Marcia Henderson ...
Joyce Murdoch
Lily Murdoch
Sara Harper
Russ Underwood
Billy Gray ...
Ted Murdoch
Lotte Stein ...
Dayton Lummis ...
Col. Underwood
Fred Nurney ...
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Donald Kerr ...
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Now He Knew Her as Other Men Had!




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1.37 : 1
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Although the exact date is not given, reference is made to Halley's Comet, which appeared in April, 1910. See more »


When Russ and Joyce begin kissing on the porch swing, his nose is on her right. After the cut, they've instantly switched positions so that his nose is now on her left. See more »


Naomi Murdoch: You don't know how unimportant success is until you've had it.
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Referenced in Bens Confiscados (2004) See more »


All I Desire
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One of the first of the Sirk sudsers
5 August 2002 | by (Kansas City, MO) – See all my reviews

Barbara Stanwyck seemed a little haggard but still managed a fine performance in this Douglas Sirk-directed sudser which preceded his other more famous movies such as "Imitation of Life", "All That Heaven Allows" and "Written on the Wind", among others.

The movie was good, although I thought the only charachters with any life to them were Barbara, Richard Long and Lori Nelson, who portrayed her overly-eager daughter Lily. The other charachters were rather drab, although this is due in large part to the material they were given.

A special added treat to watch for is when Barbara and Richard Long (later playing mother and son in "Big Valley") dance the "Bunny Hug".

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