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Human Desire (1954)

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A Korean War vet returns to his job as a railroad engineer and becomes involved in a sordid affair with a co-worker's wife and murder.

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Jeff Warren
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Jeff Warren, a Korean War vet just returning to his railroad engineer's job, boards at the home of co-worker Alec Simmons and is charmed by Alec's beautiful daughter. He becomes attracted immediately to Vicki Buckley, the sultry wife of brutish railroad supervisor Carl Buckley, an alcoholic wife beater with a hair trigger temper and penchant for explosive violence. Jeff becomes reluctantly drawn into a sordid affair by the compulsively seductive Vicki. After Buckley is fired for insubordination, he begs her to intercede on his behalf with John Owens, a rich and powerful businessman whose influence can get him reinstated. When Buckley suspects she has used sexual favors to persuade Owens, he stabs him to death in a jealous rage in a railroad compartment. Jeff, a potential witness to the homicide, becomes an accessory after the fact. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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5 August 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Human Beast  »

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Fritz Lang had desperately wanted Peter Lorre to play Jeff Warren, but Lang had treated Lorre so abusively during the making of M (1931) that the actor refused. See more »

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The exact same footage of a steam engine powered work train being passed is used in two different parts of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Jeff Warren: It's all wrong, Vicki. The whole thing's been wrong from the beginning... and I feel dirty.
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Version of Die Bestie im Menschen (1920) See more »

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Very good film-noir
15 February 2009 | by (Peru) – See all my reviews

I liked this movie very much, it's entertaining. The performances, the characters, the plot, the dialog, the way it looks are very good. The only weak point of the movie is the character of Ellen Simmons which I found very naive even though this kind of characters were very common in the movies of that time.

Jeff Warren returns to his former job as a train conductor after fighting in the Korea war but he will get involve with one of his coworker's wife beginning a secret relationship that could lead him to commit murder in order to get her free from a terrible thing that she and her husband have done .....

If you are a film-noir's fan then this is a must see for you.

8 stars = very good


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