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Desire Under the Elms -- When Eben's father takes a new wife and announces he'll leave the farm to her, passions erupt in a fiery night of lust and fury between Eben and his new stepmother.

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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:
Sophia Loren comes to Hollywood...results are mixed See more (19 total) »

Cast

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Sophia Loren ... Anna Cabot

Anthony Perkins ... Eben Cabot

Burl Ives ... Ephraim 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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Trivia:
Motion picture debut of Pernell Roberts.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: In several outdoor scenes, people cast two (or more) shadows showing that there are two light sources.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rancho Deluxe (1975)See more »
Soundtrack:
My Bonnie Lies Over the OceanSee more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Sophia Loren comes to Hollywood...results are mixed, 18 June 2008
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

After a couple of studio films shot on location, Italian actress and sex symbol Sophia Loren finally made it onto Hollywood soil for this uneven, uncertain melodrama adapted from Eugene O'Neill's controversial play. A tyrannical New England farmer (Burl Ives), who apparently worked his past two wives to death, brings home a new wife to meet his sons--two of whom take off for California and the third (Anthony Perkins) who stays and eventually falls in love with the Mrs. The performers seem to be at a mismatch with this very strange material; though they try hard, the heavy prose and illogical situations would be enough to defeat anybody. The character motivations aren't always clear, not helped by the narrative which, at a crucial point, jumps ahead in time and nearly alienates the audience. Ives gives a full-throttle, blustery-old-windbag performance which infuses the scenario with a prickly tension (and the screenplay surprisingly never scores points against him), but glinty-eyed Loren is a bit out of her depth. Still, she survives the absurd final reel with her dignity intact, while the picture ends on such a dour note that the overall impression is one of supreme dissatisfaction. Daniel L. Fapp won an Oscar nomination for his handsome (if overlit) photography; Delbert Mann directed in an awkward and stagy fashion. **1/2 from ****

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