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Their Own Desire (1929)

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Two society youngsters fall in love, to be dismayed when their wealthy, widowed parents also become romantically entangled. Static early sound film was a hit, and instrumental in making new star Robert Montgomery a regular member of the MGM stock company.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Frances Marion
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 6, 2010
Runtime:
Warner Home Video

Cast

Norma Shearer
as Lucia 'Lally' Marlet...
Robert Montgomery
as John Douglas Cheever
Lewis Stone
as Henry 'Hal' Marlett
Helene Millard
as Beth Cheever
Belle Bennett
as Harriet Marlett
Cecil Cunningham
as Aunt Caroline
June Nash
as Mildred
Henry J. Hebert
as Uncle Nate
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Clunky, episodic early talkie is a good example of the rough edges that film went through in the transition from silent to sound. Most of the performers were silent stars and are obviously still adjusting their performing style to the different requirement of the microphone. Norma, who was inexplicably nominated for an Oscar for this overemphatic performance, is best in her speechless moments and Robert Montgomery, one of the few actors not moving from silence to sound but still new to films is awkward and overly fond of practically being on top of the other person in his scenes. The great silent star Belle Bennett, rather preposterously cast as Norma's mother they were only eleven years apart in age, is effective though some of her gestures also hark back to a more silent form of pantomime. The movie overall works best in those passages where dialogue isn't required. There is a lovely dancing scene that flows far more smoothly than any other in the film.

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jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

I potentially did not appreciate this film due to the terrible quality of the copy that I saw. I have liked Shearer in other roles but couldn't adequately get into this one.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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