35 user 15 critic

Desire (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 28 February 1936 (USA)
An automotive engineer bound for a holiday in Spain meets a sultry jewel thief.


Frank Borzage


Hans Székely (play) (as Hans Szekely), Robert A. Stemmle (play) (as R.A. Stemmle) | 3 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Marlene Dietrich ... Madeleine de Beaupre
Gary Cooper ... Tom Bradley
John Halliday ... Carlos Margoli
William Frawley ... Mr. Gibson
Ernest Cossart ... Aristide Duvalle
Akim Tamiroff ... Avilia - Police Official
Alan Mowbray ... Dr. Maurice Pauquet (mistakenly listed in end credits as Dr. Edouard Pauquet)
Zeffie Tilbury ... Aunt Olga
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George MacQuarrie ... Clerk With Gun (scenes deleted)


Madeleine steals a string of pearls in Paris and uses US engineer Tom, who is driving on his vacation to Spain, to get the pearls out of France, but getting the pearls, back from him proves to be difficult without falling in love. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


LOVE WAS HER PRECIOUS LOOT! (original print ad - all caps)


Comedy | Crime | Romance


Approved | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its first documented telecast occurred in Philadelphia Friday 3 April 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), followed by Milwaukee 22 May 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), by Phoenix 1 July 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), by Omaha 12 July 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), by Asheville 6 September 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), by Toledo 25 October 1959 on WTOL (Channel 11), by Johnstown 3 November 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6), by Seattle 14 November 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), and by San Francisco 12 December 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5). It was released on DVD as a single 28 October 2014 as part of the Universal Vault Series, and again 17 May 2016 in the Universal Hollywood Icons: Marlene Dietrich Collection, and since that time has enjoyed an occasional cable TV airing on Turner Classic Movies. See more »


When Tom catches up to Madeline at the border after she splashes mud over him while he's stopped to take a picture of himself, his car has far less mud on it than in previous shots. See more »


Tom Bradley: If I'm goin' around with a girl and I don't like her anymore, I'm glad to get rid of her. But after I get rid of her, oh boy!
See more »


Referenced in Hlavní prelícení (1971) See more »


I'm Driving a Bronson 8
Music from "Cielito Lindo", written by Quirino Mendoza
Sung a cappella by Gary Cooper several times
See more »

User Reviews

Highly enjoyable romantic comedy...
12 February 2002 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper show an unexpected flair for romantic comedy that goes into high gear during DESIRE. They are surrounded by some expert supporting players, including Alan Mobray as a doctor who is "taken" by Marlene's sly and crafty jewel thief.

The plot is thin but pleasant and moves at a fast clip with ample chemistry between Dietrich and Cooper more than making up for the slight story. When Dietrich accidentally lets Cooper get away with the pearl necklace she has stolen, she has to follow him and lure him back with some fancy scheming. John Halliday has fun with his role as her consort in crime but it is Alan Mobray who has the plum supporting role as the doctor she so charmingly deceives.

Diverting entertainment with Dietrich expert as the exotic jewel thief under Frank Borzage's direction. The whole picture has such a light touch you'd think it was directed by Ernst Lubitsch.

21 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 35 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.





English | Spanish

Release Date:

28 February 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pearl Necklace See more »

Filming Locations:

San Sebastian, Spain See more »


Box Office


$1,200,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed