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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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Alec Simmons
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Vera Simmons
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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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She was born to be bad...to be kissed...to make trouble! See more »


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5 August 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Human Beast  »

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Upon his return from Japan after the Korean War, veteran Glenn Ford brings Kathleen Case a kimono and jokingly refers to "The Teashouse of the Rising Moon," a clear reference to the then-current Broadway hit "The Teahouse of the August Moon" (1953-1956). Ironically Ford would star in the 1056 screen version two years later. 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 »

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Jeff Warren: It's all wrong, Vicki. The whole thing's been wrong from the beginning... and I feel dirty.
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desire trumps reality
3 April 2008 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

Broderick Crawford and Gloria Grahme make an interesting couple as the two of them unravel in yet another boozy black and white (but mostly drab grey) plot of murder, betrayal, and blackmail, this time on a train as well as in a railroad yard, with Glenn Ford in the middle, coming back to his job as an engineer after fighting in the Korean War. It makes for a cozy and claustrophobic setting. While the lines that they say seem a bit unconvincing, their situations and personalities are what make this a memorable film. Crawford is especially impressive as a hulking railroad office employee with a vicious temper and jealousy for his younger wife. The plot has some inescapable holes in it, but the drama and tension build fairly well, first because of his tortuous marriage with Grahme which seems to go with the film's title, as the marriage is a sham that represents another unattainable desire for him. He carries the part off all the way to end.


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