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Desire (1936)

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:

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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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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

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 15, 1937 with Marlene Dietrich reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

When Madeline drives by Tom, who is stopped to take a photo of himself, she splashes mud all over him - and some of the water from the puddle lands on the lens of the film's camera. 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

Referenced in Ed Wood (1994) 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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Luminous - Bravo Borzage
12 December 2003 | by felixoscarSee all my reviews

Maybe some of the others have viewed a different film, or neglect the fact that this was filmed over 60 years ago. To me this is a brilliant movie --- at times witty, exciting, sensual and altogether satisfying. Dietrich and Cooper, how promising (again) and Borzage, sophisticated and classy, who could ask for more?


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