All I Desire (1953)

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In 1910, a wayward mother re-visits the family she deserted.



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Complete credited cast:
Naomi Murdoch
Henry Murdoch
Dutch Heinemann
Marcia Henderson ...
Joyce Murdoch
Lori Nelson ...
Lily Murdoch
Sara Harper
Russ Underwood
Billy Gray ...
Ted Murdoch
Lotte Stein ...
Lena Engstrom
Dayton Lummis ...
Col. Underwood
Fred Nurney ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Donald Kerr ...
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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 <>

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Now He Knew Her as Other Men Had!




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July 1953 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Sally Fraser. 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: We're a big disappointment to each other, aren't we? You've got a mother with no principles; I've got a daughter with no guts.
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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 desirk
7 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Douglas Sirk was the prince of the melodrama in the fifties.However,there are two kinds of melodramas in his work :the extravaganzas ("Imitation of life" which nearly cut Stahl's version,"written on the wind" "magnificent obsession" ) and the intimate dramas which verge on realism: "all that heaven allows" or "tarnished angels" are good examples.When he connects all the links of the chain ,he produces his masterpiece ,the overlooked "a time to love and a time to die" .

"All I desire " belongs to the second kind of melodrama;its story is simple -but that kind of simplicity ,it takes years and years of practise and a touch of genius to make it work.Barbara Stanwyck -excellent- is the black sheep of the family,the mean woman who walked out on her family and what a nice family they are!In the small town where her husband is a principal in a high school ,people will talk.And there's the prodigal woman's erstwhile beau.

(Re)building of a family was one of Sirk's main permanent features: Hudson and Wyman in "ALL that heavens" and "magnificent obsession" ,Sarah Jane and her mother's friends in "imitation of life" .

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