Desire (1936)

Desire (1936)





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A beautiful, sophisticated woman uses her considerable charms to con a jeweler out of a pearl necklace worth a fortune. She, a notorious jewel thief, then heads for Paris, leaving a stodgy psychiatrist framed for her crime. She is careening toward the border in her car and passes a car driven by a vacationing American engineer, nearly forcing him off the road. Once at the border, the woman almost panics when she sees that the guards are checking luggage and purses. Quickly she slips the pearls into the waiting American's pocket. As soon as he makes it over the border, she is hot on his heels. Though she flirts with him from her vehicle, he is shy and ignores her. In desperation, she speeds ahead, stops and breaks her engine. Naturally he picks her up and together they go to San Sebastian, where her partner waits. Along the way, the American falls head-over-heels for the girl until he finds the purloined pearls in his pocket. He doesn't know that she has fallen deeply in love with him. Though she desperately wants to be with him, another member of her jewel-thieving ring tells her that her past will prevent all chances at romantic happiness. She lies to him and tells him that she has a husband and then admits her true vocation in hopes of scaring him away. Fortunately, he is not so easily frightened and by the story's stylish ending, the lovers are joyously reunited.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Marlene Dietrich
as Madeleine de Beaupre
Gary Cooper
as Tom Bradley
John Halliday
as Carlos Margoli
William Frawley
as Mr. Gibson
Ernest Cossart
as Aristide Duval
Akim Tamiroff
as Police Official
Alan Mowbray
as Dr. Edouard Pauquet
Zeffie Tilbury
as Aunt Olga
Stanley Andrews
as Customs inspector
Harry Depp
as Clerk
Harry Antrim
as Chauffeur
Armand Kaliz
as Jewelry Clerk
Gaston Glass
as Jewelry Clerk
Alden Chase
as Hotel Clerk
Albert Pollet
as French Policeman
George Davis
as Garage Man
Anna de Linsky
as Servant
Constant Franke
as Border Official
Robert Emmett O'Connor
as Customs Official
Rafael Blanco
as Haywagon Driver
Tony Merlo
as Waiter
Anna Delinsky
as Servant
George MacQuarrie
as Clerk With Gun
Robert E. O'Connor
as Customs Official
Blanche Craig
as Couple
Rollo Lloyd
as Clerk in Mayor's Office
Alfonso Pedroza
as Oxcart Driver
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All Critics (2)

Desire is a most unusual and extremely fertile example of artistic cross-pollination between two very different auteurs: Frank Borzage and Ernst Lubitsch.

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
Slant Magazine

As perfect a soufflé of a romantic comedy as you're likely to find -- and with two people who define star power.

Full Review… | May 24, 2006
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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