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All I Desire (1953)

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

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Naomi Murdoch
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Henry Murdoch
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Dutch Heinemann
Marcia Henderson ...
Joyce Murdoch
Lori Nelson ...
Lily Murdoch
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Sara Harper
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Russ Underwood
Billy Gray ...
Ted Murdoch
Lotte Stein ...
Lena Engstrom
Dayton Lummis ...
Col. Underwood
Fred Nurney ...
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In 1900, Naomi Murdoch deserted her small-town family to go on the stage. Some ten years later, daughter Lily invites Naomi back to see her in the Riverdale high school play. Her arrival sets the whole town abuzz, wakes up old conflicts, and sets off new emotional storms. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Now He Knew Her as Other Men Had!

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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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Henry Murdoch: That was Sara on the telephone.
Naomi Murdoch: Sara?
Henry Murdoch: Sara Harper. She's the drama teacher. They're putting additional chairs in the auditorium. It seems there's sudden demand for seats.
Naomi Murdoch: Well, at least Lily will have a good house.
Henry Murdoch: And you'll be the center of attention.
Naomi Murdoch: [First resentful and the angry] Oh, I'll make a good impression, Henry. That's all you care about, isn't it? Appearances and what other people will think? Well, I'm not the girl from across the tracks who used to embarrass you! Not anymore! I ...
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Unfinished Symphony
("Symphony #8") (uncredited)
Composed by Franz Schubert (begun in 1822)
Instrumental version heard during poetry reading.
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All I Desire (1953)
10 January 2012 | by (Portland OR) – See all my reviews

A failed actress returns to the family, the lover and the small town she abandoned years earlier and sets tongues wagging anew. Does it rank up there with ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS or IMITATION OF LIFE? No, not really. It all wraps up too neatly (the "happy" ending was forced by the producer), Lyle Bettger has the charisma of a toilet brush (why would Barbara Stanwyck ever fall for this lummox?) and it's pointlessly set in the early part of the century. The only rationale I can think of for the latter is that Stanwyck's lack of success would be harder to keep a secret in modern times, but it takes the edge off and makes the whole thing a bit too quaint. However, it's not really a dud, either. It's a tight script, Stanwyck is riveting as always, and Sirk's eye for brilliant framing is hard at work. It makes for a quick, easy watch with some slight subversiveness in its commentary on small town gossip and hypocrisy.


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