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One Desire (1955)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 2 September 1955 (USA)
In early 1900s, an Oklahoma gambler-casino dealer teams-up with a saloon dancer and together they seek a new life in a Colorado mining town where their relationship and respectability are tested.


Jerry Hopper




Complete credited cast:
Anne Baxter ... Tacey Cromwell
Rock Hudson ... Clint Saunders
Julie Adams ... Judith Watrous
Carl Benton Reid ... Sen. Kenneth A. Watrous
Natalie Wood ... Seely Dowder
William Hopper ... 'Mac' MacBain
Betty Garde ... Mrs. O'Dell
Barry Curtis ... Nugget Saunders
Adrienne Marden ... Marjorie Huggins
Fay Morley Fay Morley ... Flo
Vici Raaf ... Kate
Lynn Millan Lynn Millan ... Bea
Smoki Whitfield ... Sam
Howard Wright ... Judge Congin
Edward Earle ... Mr. Hathaway


Circa 1900, runaway boy Nugget arrives in an Oklahoma boom town to find his brother...who's a dealer in the casino section of a palatial bawdy house, and lover of the madam, Tacey Cromwell. Together, Nugget, Clint, and Tacey seek respectability in a Colorado mining town. Clint finds work at the town's new bank, while Tacey adopts another orphan, Seely. But Clint is pursued by banker's daughter Judith Watrous, who's seemingly sweet but takes ruthless steps to eliminate competition. Result for Tacey: heartbreak, renunciation, and tears a-plenty. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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MEN GAVE HER EVERYTHING BUT A GOOD NAME! (print ad - Abilene Reporter-News - Majestic Theatre - Abilene, Texas - September 4, 1955 - all caps) See more »


Drama | Romance


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Too melodramatic, even for me
28 March 2020 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

In what was supposed to be a soapy melodrama, One Desire ended up a bit of a disappointment. With the heavy dramatic star Anne Baxter playing a stereotypical hooker with a heart of gold and the handsome Rock Hudson as a selfish playboy, you'd think nothing could go wrong with the movie. The story took turns that verged on the ridiculous, and even in a soap opera, plot points that ridiculous didn't fly. Perhaps the original novel was extremely lengthy and fleshed everything out so it made sense, and perhaps the Hollywood movie chose to include all the key points even if they were choppy and silly.

Anne starts off the head hooker in a casino who's in love with no-good cards dealer Rock. When he gets a special visitor, his long-lost kid brother, Barry Curtis, he decides on a fresh start in a new town. Without any commitment or guarantees, Anne packs her bags and goes with them to the mining town. Rock takes a room at a hotel and pays for Anne's house so they can be respectable but so she can raise his brother while he goes to work. How respectable is it to have a man you're not even engaged to paying your rent, at that time? And if Rock is such a jerk to treat her that way, why would she go with him in the first place, keep house, cook, raise his brother, and risk her reputation when he flirts with other women right in front of her? Julia Adams, a banker's daughter, is the object of the ambitious Rock's latest affection, but it turns out Julia has a mean streak in her and takes it out on Anne.

So far, this sounds like a really interesting story, right? Trust me, the second half of the movie is much less fun. You'll get to see Anne in some pretty costumes, and you'll get to see a gawky Natalie Wood in the last childish role before she reestablished herself in Rebel Without a Cause, but there's not much more incentive. For a much better Anne Baxter drama, check out Season of Passion, and for Rock Hudson in a more likable role, try A Farewell to Arms.

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2 September 1955 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)


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