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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:
Beautiful Stars don't save illogical plot 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)
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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 Empire of the Censors (1995) (TV)See more »

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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful Stars don't save illogical plot, 3 February 2006
Author: mdm-11 from United States

Anthony Perkins and Sophia Loren are absolutely gorgeous in this ca. 1840 "Western". That alone, however doesn't help a ridiculous story, with countless historically incorrect elements.

Byrl Ives is convincing as the 70-something tyrannical patriarch, an egomaniac who swears to see his 100th birthday. His wild dancing at a party he gives for his neighbors will make anyone take notice (this guy is SEVETY SIX?). Always mumbling Bible verses, he demands respect, while driving sons and friends away with his self-righteous rantings and emotional cruelties.

The love affair between Perkins and Loren at first appears absurd, but becomes believable near the end. There is plenty of drama, but not enough to feel good about. Clearly written for the stage, this story was dated even when it was filmed. Perkins whistles "My Bonnie" in the 1840s, although the song wasn't composed until 1882.

Critics knocking Sophia Lorens "command of the English language" are rather petty. I found her English flawless and completely audible. As a Neapolitan, Loren speaks a distinct dialect that often had to be dubbed into "proper Italian". Her "accent", however, hardly affects how she speaks English. As a first Generation German American, I can appreciate the efforts of those who learn English as a second, or even third or fourth language.

"Desire Under The Elms" is a drama (or even a tragedy) in the Classic Sense. For my enjoyment is was missing a logical story and an overall "pay off" for the time invested. Fans of the stars won't want to miss it, others, however, tune in at your own risk!

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