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
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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 »
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!
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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.
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