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Their Own Desire (1929)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 27 December 1929 (USA)
Lally is a rich girl whose father writes books and plays Polo. After 23 years of marriage, he decides to divorce his wife, and marry Mrs. Chevers. This sours Lally on all men, while on ... See full summary »

Director:

E. Mason Hopper

Writers:

Sarita Fuller (from the novel by), Frances Marion (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Norma Shearer ... Lucia (Lally) Marlett
Belle Bennett ... Harriet Marlett
Lewis Stone ... Henry (Hal) Marlett
Robert Montgomery ... John Douglas (Jack) Chevers
Helene Millard ... Beth Chevers
Cecil Cunningham ... Aunt Caroline
Henry Hebert ... Uncle Nate
Mary Doran ... Suzanne
June Nash June Nash ... Mildred
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Lally is a rich girl whose father writes books and plays Polo. After 23 years of marriage, he decides to divorce his wife, and marry Mrs. Chevers. This sours Lally on all men, while on vacation she meets Jack, who succeeds in stealing her heart. The trouble begins when Lally discovers that Jack is the son of Beth Chevers, her father's illicit lover. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Is it the parents of today who are the problems, instead of the younger generation? An unusual and interesting picture of elders with youthful ideas, and what happens when young blood takes a hand.(Print Ad- The Meriden Daily Journal,((Meriden, Conn.)) 21 March 1930) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caprichos See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Goofs

Tire tracks of the camera vehicle on the turf of the polo field at the beginning of the picture. See more »

Quotes

John Douglas Cheever: I want to speak to you please.
Lucia 'Lally' Marlett: Speak your peace.
John Douglas Cheever: Not here, down in the arbor.
Lucia 'Lally' Marlett: The necking nook? No!
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Alternate Versions

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer also released this movie in a silent version. See more »


Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Hummed by Robert Montgomery
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Early Norma vehicle shows the growing pains from silents to sound
13 February 2014 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Clunky, episodic early talkie is a good example of the rough edges that film went through in the transition from silence to sound. Most of the performers were silent stars and are obviously still adjusting their performing style to the different requirement of the microphone. Norma, who was inexplicably nominated for an Oscar for this overly emphatic performance, is best in her speechless moments. Robert Montgomery, one of the few actors not moving from silence to sound but still new to films is awkward and fond of practically being on top of the other person in his scenes. To be fair this might have been a requirement of the new technology, and it is better than talking into a flower pot, but he seems more reliant on it than the other actors. He would improve vastly within a short period of time but here comes across as a callow youth. The great silent star Belle Bennett, rather preposterously cast as Norma's mother since they were only eleven years apart in age, is effective though some of her gestures also hark back to a more silent form of pantomime.

The movie overall works best in those passages where dialog isn't required. There is a lovely dancing scene that flows far more smoothly than any other in the film. In another sign of one era giving way to another many of the scenes are introduced via title cards and rather than an easy flow to the film it has a choppy episodic feel.


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