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An automotive engineer bound for a holiday in Spain meets a sultry jewel thief.


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Madeleine de Beaupre
Tom Bradley
Carlos Margoli
Mr. Gibson
Aristide Duvalle
Avilia - Police Official
Dr. Maurice Pauquet (mistakenly listed in end credits as Dr. Edouard Pauquet)
Aunt Olga
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clerk With Gun (scenesDeleted)
Enrique Acosta ...
Pedro - the Butler (uncredited)
Customs Inspector (uncredited)
Harry Antrim ...
Chauffeur (uncredited)
Rafael Blanco ...
Haywagon Driver (uncredited)
Continental Palace Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Blanche Craig ...
Tourist Woman (uncredited)
French Garage Man (uncredited)
Anna De Linsky ...
Servant (uncredited)
Harry Depp ...
Gibson's Clerk (uncredited)
Husband of Tourist Woman (uncredited)
Alice Feliz ...
Pepi (uncredited)
Constant Franke ...
Border Official (uncredited)
Second Jewelry Clerk (uncredited)
Jewelry Clerk (uncredited)
Isabel La Mal ...
Nurse Receptionist (uncredited)
Charles - the Valet (uncredited)
Clerk to Perform Wedding (uncredited)
Tony Merlo ...
Hotel Room Service Waiter (uncredited)
Bob O'Connor ...
Customs Official (uncredited)
Alfonso Pedroza ...
Oxcart Driver (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ...
French Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by

Frank Borzage

Written by

Hans Székely ... (play "Die Schönen Tage von Aranjuez") (as Hans Szekely) and
Robert A. Stemmle ... (play "Die Schönen Tage von Aranjuez") (as R.A. Stemmle)
Edwin Justus Mayer ... (screenplay) &
Waldemar Young ... (screenplay) and
Samuel Hoffenstein ... (screenplay)
Vincent Lawrence ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
Benn W. Levy ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)

Produced by

Frank Borzage ... producer
Ernst Lubitsch ... producer
Henry Herzbrun ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

Friedrich Hollaender ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Charles Lang
Victor Milner ... (uncredited)

Film Editing by

William Shea

Art Direction by

Hans Dreier
Robert Usher

Costume Design by

Travis Banton

Makeup Department

Dorothy Ponedel ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Lew Borzage ... assistant director (uncredited)
Eric Locke ... second unit director: Paris and Spain (uncredited)

Art Department

A.E. Freudeman ... interior decorator

Sound Department

Don Johnson ... sound recordist
Harry D. Mills ... sound recordist (as Harry Mills)

Visual Effects by

Farciot Edouart ... special photographic effects
Harry Perry ... special photographic effects

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

Phil Boutelje ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Gerard Carbonara ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
John Leipold ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld ... composer: stock music (uncredited)

Other crew

Adolph Zukor ... presenter
Ernst Lubitsch ... fill-in director (uncredited)
Luigi Luraschi ... consultant: accents (uncredited)
Jack William Votion ... consultant: accents (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines LOVE WAS HER PRECIOUS LOOT! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • The Pearl Necklace (United States)
  • Désir (France)
  • Sehnsucht (Germany)
  • Perlen zum Glück (Germany)
  • Deseo (Spain)
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  • 95 min
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Budget $1,200,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia John Gilbert was initially cast as Carlos Margoli. Promised to be his comeback role after a string of flops, he filmed a few Technicolor costume tests with Marlene Dietrich (whom he was dating at the time). He had a heart attack in his dressing room only days before shooting started and was immediately replaced by John Halliday. A few days after his abrupt replacement, Gilbert died of alcohol-induced heart failure. Peggy Stallings' "Flesh and Fantasy" states that Gilbert and Dietrich were living together when she tried to use her influence to have him cast opposite her in the film. She withdrew her support when the actor renewed his friendship with former fiancée Greta Garbo. After this, Dietrich renewed her relationship with Gary Cooper, who got the part. Gilbert's fatal heart attack occurred on the same day Cooper's casting was officially announced by Paramount. See more »
Goofs Gary Coopers tie is long and thin in the beginning of the luggage search at the border. It is tucked slightly into his trousers and has no tie bar. After one of the cuts to Dietrich, it is shorter and wider, and bears a tie bar. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Marlene (1984). See more »
Soundtracks Awake in a Dream See more »
Quotes Aristide Duvalle: Cigarette?
Madeleine de Beaupre: No, thank you, I don't smoke.
Aristide Duvalle: Nor do I. A barbaric habit. One fills one's lungs and other people's eyes with smoke.
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