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As You Desire Me (1932)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 28 May 1932 (USA)
An officer tries to convince an amnesiac bar entertainer that she is his long-lost lover.


George Fitzmaurice (uncredited)


Luigi Pirandello (play), Gene Markey (adaptation)
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Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Zara aka Maria
Melvyn Douglas ... Count Bruno Varelli
Erich von Stroheim ... Carl Salter
Owen Moore ... Tony Boffie
Hedda Hopper ... Ines Montari
Rafaela Ottiano ... Lena
Warburton Gamble ... Baron
Albert Conti ... Captain
William Ricciardi ... Pietro
Roland Varno ... Albert


Budapest bar entertainer Zara is a discontented alcoholic who is pursued by many men but lives with novelist Carl Salter. A strange man (Tony) shows up on Salter's estate claiming that Zara is actually Maria, the wife of his close friend Bruno. Maria, Tony claims, had her memory destroyed during a World War I invasion ten years ago. Zara doesn't remember but leaves with Tony to Salter's dismay. Bruno, now an officer in the Italian army, tries to coax Maria's memory back on his large estate. No one is really sure if Zara is Maria, and when Salter shows up with a mental case that he claims is the real Maria, everyone on Bruno's estate is desperately searching for the truth. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Abilene TX Sunday 7 July 1957 on KRBC (Channel 9), followed by Adams MA Monday 15 July 1957 on WCDC (Channel 19); aged and obscure, as well as violently pre-code, it nevertheless soon became a favorite in the less predominant markets; it first aired in Minneapolis 10 August 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Amarillo 25 August 1957 on KFDA (Channel 19), in Syracuse 17 September 1957 on WHEN (Channel 8), in Akron 27 September 1957 on WAKR (Channel 49), in Peoria 31 October 1957 on WTVH (Channel 19), in Tampa 8 November 1957 on WFLA (Channel 8), in Honolulu 9 November 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Seattle 15 November 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Windsor ON (serving Detroit) 17 November 1957 on CKLW (Channel 9), in Norfolk VA 28 November 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Portland OR 29 November 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Fresno CA 2 December 1957 on KMJ (Channel 24), in Indianapolis 3 December 1957 on WLW-I (Channel 13), in Columbus 15 December 1957 on WLW-C (Channel 4), and in Baltimore 27 December 1957 on WJZ (Channel 13). New York City finally got curious and gave it a whirl 2 June 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), followed by Los Angeles 13 August 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), by San Francisco 18 December 1959 on KGO (Channel 7), and last, but not least, by Chicago 6 February 1961 on WBBM (Channel 2). Although once a frequent flyer on Turner Classic Movies, its most recent telecast was in December 2006, and it has since reportedly fallen under a blanket of legal complications which prevent further showings. See more »


Garbo puts on a dress in which she was painted ten years before. But the dress is in the style of the present. See more »


Tony Ferrara: "Come on rex, we are going for a walk, and I want to ask you as man to dog, what color are her eyes?"
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Poor support but Garbo redeems
9 April 2006 | by taxi-17See all my reviews

Garbo puts in a strong lead performance but this film suffered with poor support from Douglas and Von Stroheim. Douglas was a particularly bad choice and Bruno comes across as absurd.

Garbo shows great range deftly transforming from drunken diva to redeemed believer in the power of love, even if she can't remember who she is.

Interesting... Garbo appears to flub a line in the last scene at approx 1:07

"oooh Lena, help me! You must know? The others, the other woman women who were here that night. Who were they?"

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Release Date:

28 May 1932 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$460,733 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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