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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:
Ignore the critics and intellectual snobs, and enjoy a good drama 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)
Certification:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Motion picture debut of Pernell Roberts.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rancho Deluxe (1975)See more »

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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Ignore the critics and intellectual snobs, and enjoy a good drama, 11 December 2005
Author: Robin Moss from London, United Kingdom

When "Desire Under the Elms" came out at the end of the 1950s, it was dismissed by critics who were more interested in parading their education and artistic credentials than in assessing the movie sensibly. In particular, they commented on how far the film fell short of the original stage play. Nearly fifty years later, a more balanced perspective is possible.

Regardless of how it compares with the theatrical original, "Desire Under The Elms" works successfully as a dramatic movie. There is real tension as the drama unfolds, and the audience feels a sense of horror when it realises what Anna (Sophia Loren) is going to do to prove her love. The resolution is genuinely tragic, and this is reinforced by the fact that the two lovers were unlikable people until love entered their lives and gave them humanity and consideration for others.

The acting is quite good all round, and presumably much of the credit goes to the director Delbert Mann. (Some of his other films during this period were also well-acted: "The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs"/"The Bachelor Party"). Sophia Loren is a real surprise. I have never worshipped at her throne, but she is excellent in this movie, playing a greedy, calculating woman who marries a much older man merely to have a comfortable home. At the beginning, her venality and disregard for other people make her highly unpleasant, and she is not particularly attractive physically either. As love gradually dominates her, she becomes physically very attractive - her fans, no doubt, will say she becomes beautiful - until the circumstances she has helped create imprison her. Then once again, her physical allure subsides and she becomes gaunt and drawn. Obviously this play with Sophia Loren's looks was a joint effort, and presumably the camera department, costume department and make-up department all deserve credit.

Daniel L. Fapp's Vista-Vision cinematography is crystal clear and a major asset. The film's only big failing is the blatant artificiality of the back drops. "Desire Under The Elms" was obviously made in a studio.

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