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Director:
Writers:
Irwin Shaw (screenplay)
Eugene O'Neill (play)
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Release Date:
6 May 1958 (Japan) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Ephraim Cabot is an old man of amazing vitality who loves his New England farm with a greedy passion... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Stagey provincial US drama tries for Greek tragedy: Perkins superb See more (19 total) »

Cast

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Sophia Loren ... Anna Cabot

Anthony Perkins ... Eben Cabot

Burl Ives ... Ephriam Cabot

Frank Overton ... Simeon Cabot

Pernell Roberts ... Peter Cabot
Rebecca Welles ... Lucinda Cabot (as Rebecca Wells)
Jean Willes ... Florence Cabot

Anne Seymour ... Eben's Mother
Roy Fant ... Fiddler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edna Bennett ... Housewife Gossip (uncredited)
Butch Bernard ... Eben as a Boy (uncredited)
Florine Carlan ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Robert Cass ... Seth - Deputy (uncredited)
Vera Denham ... Farm Woman (uncredited)
Harvey B. Dunn ... Farmer (uncredited)
Dick Elliott ... Old Farmer (uncredited)
Jamie Forster ... Farmer (uncredited)
Greta Granstedt ... Men (uncredited)
Sandra Harrison ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ... Doctor (uncredited)
Charlotte Knight ... Midwife (uncredited)
Ezelle Poule ... Farm Woman (uncredited)
Lucille Vance ... Housewife Gossip (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Jim, the Sheriff (uncredited)

Directed by
Delbert Mann 
 
Writing credits
Irwin Shaw (screenplay)

Eugene O'Neill (play)

Produced by
Don Hartman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
Daniel L. Fapp (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Boemler 
 
Casting by
Bert McKay (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
J. McMillan Johnson  (as Joseph MacMillan Johnson)
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Grace Gregory 
 
Costume Design by
Dorothy Jeakins 
 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair style supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Bud Bashaw Jr. .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Dean Cole .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Gertrude Reade .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Karl Silvera .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Frank Caffey .... production manager (uncredited)
Harry Caplan .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Curtis Mick .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Caffey .... assistant director
Bud Brill .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Bernard McEveety .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sheldon Schrager .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Eugene Acker .... standby painter (uncredited)
Vern Bain .... props (uncredited)
Carl Coleman .... props (uncredited)
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Winston H. Leverett .... sound recordist (as Winston Leverett)
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
Nick Gerolimates .... cableman (uncredited)
Hayden Hohstadt .... mike grip (uncredited)
Jim Miller .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Bob Simpson .... sound boom operator (uncredited)
Bill Wistrom .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Bennett .... camera operator (uncredited)
James Grant .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Irv Newmeyer .... company grip (uncredited)
Loren Nutten .... best boy (uncredited)
Sterling Smith .... still photographer (uncredited)
Stanley Williams .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Olive Long .... secretary: casting director (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
John Noble .... costumes: men (uncredited)
Ruth Stella .... costumes: ladies (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Bob Adams .... craft service (uncredited)
Josephine Earl .... dance director (uncredited)
Dave Golding .... public relations consultant (uncredited)
Louanne Hogan .... humming voice: Sophia Loren (uncredited)
G.A. Pedersen .... auditor (uncredited)
Dorothy Yutzi .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
111 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Sophia Loren plays Anthony Perkins stepmother in the film. In real life, she was two years younger than Perkins.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rancho Deluxe (1975)See more »

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Stagey provincial US drama tries for Greek tragedy: Perkins superb, 21 June 2009
Author: rowmorg from Eel Pie Island

If you imagine yourself in a 1950s New York theatre surrounded by American anti-Communists wearing narrow ties and wanting to be cultured, you'll be able to connect with this wooden, would-be Greek tragedy. If not, don't go there, and get on board with TV's the Cartwrights, who seem to inhabit identical territory and period because they were performing almost simultaneously for an audience thousands of times bigger. It's worth watching for Antony Perkins, who is superbly mixed-up as an anti-authoritarian rebel determined to secure ownership of the family farm, but driven a bit strange by anxiety, paternal neglect and the early death of his mother. See him exit his lover's garden gate, pirouetting as he goes; or spinning in place before rising from his bed. It's so graceful you barely notice. He's like an 11 year-old, changing his mind every five minutes, madly self-conflicted as a result of his irresistible lust for the maid, sorry, his father's third wife. Sophia Loren is powerful in this picture, if you can follow her English. She really occupies her part and fills her space. The passion between her and Perkins would be almost believable, if it weren't expounded in this stagey setting, with neither Loren nor Perkins exposing any skin, which just adds to the sense of attending a school play. Actually, the basic material of Desire Under The Elms is purely adult, but somehow this production renders it about as sinful as Agatha Christie.

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