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Desire (1936)

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

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

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

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)
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Storyline

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>

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 1, 1940 with Marlene Dietrich reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Tom Bradley: Madeleine. Do you mind if I ask you a very personal question?
Madeleine de Beaupre: [expecting something romantic] No.
Tom Bradley: Are you eating those eggs?
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Connections

Featured in Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Awake in a Dream
Music by Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederick Hollander)
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Played during the opening and end credits
Played on piano and sung by Marlene Dietrich
Played as background music often
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Good fun
22 January 2006 | by Caz1964See all my reviews

I bought this film from the Netherlands as unfortunately it isn't on sale in the UK,i don't know why,sadly its been forgotten like so many others of this era.I thought the film was very ahead of its time,the characters are very interesting,you have the likable but scheming lady jewell thief,who is so classy,and then you have the handsome but not to clever American tourist,together they make great comedy,this is both stars at their best,you can tell they are enjoying the parts their playing in this film.Also strangely enough the costumes and vintage cars don't date the film at all,it only adds to the appeal,this is a great film to watch if you love old cars,because there is some beautiful models shown in this film.And the costumes are very classy,and interesting.Its an old film,that hasn't dated,it just gets more interesting with age,as I've said its a shame its not on sale in the UK,as we do have a lot of old car enthusiasts.


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