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All I Desire (1953)




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All I Desire an early exercise in Douglas Sirk Baroque, is set at the turn of the century. Long divorced from her husband Richard Carlson, itinerant actress Barbara Stanwyck returns to her home town to watch her daughter perform in a high school play. Stanwyck decides to turn over a new leaf and devote herself to the daughter she's never known. This she finds next to impossible, thanks to ugly small-town gossip attending her return. The film was obviously building up to an unhappy ending, but producer Ross Hunter intervened, tacking on an unbelievably upbeat denouement. This artistic outrage evidently didn't hurt Hunter's relationship with director Douglas Sirk, inasmuch as the two would continue to successfully collaborate in the future. All I Desire is based on a novel by Carol Brink.


Barbara Stanwyck
as Naomi Murdoch
Maureen O'Sullivan
as Sara Harper
Richard Carlson
as Henry Murdoch
Lyle Bettger
as Dutch Heinemann
Marcia Henderson
as Joyce Murdoch
Lori Nelson
as Lily Murdoch
Richard Long
as Russ Underwood
Billy Gray
as Ted Murdoch
Lotte Stein
as Lena Engstrom
Dayton Lummis
as Col. Underwood
Fred Nurney
as Peterson
Guy Williams
as Ticket Taker
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Critic Reviews for All I Desire

All Critics (5)

The dark corners in [Douglas] Sirk's America are first explored in All I Desire...

Full Review… | April 26, 2010

Sustained by wonderful performances, especially by Barbara Stanwyck, the story is engaging and develops in unexpected ways

Full Review… | August 23, 2008
Urban Cinefile

All the flaws cannot be attributed to Sirk, who does fine work slicing up small-town America's bourgeois life.

Full Review… | March 7, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

[It] may be the most ironic statement on the disturbing allure of 50s suburbia that Sirk ever made.

Full Review… | April 23, 2005
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Audience Reviews for All I Desire


Sustained by wonderful performances, especially by Barbara Stanwyck, the story is engaging and develops in unexpected ways

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

*** (out of four) Good old fashioned melodrama with a wonderful Barabra Stanwyck at her most likeable. Though the plot offers few surprises and is quite contrived at times, Ms Stanwyck is worth the watching. Stanwyck plays a vetran Vaudville stage performer who returns home to her family after having abandoned them ten years earlier. Her appearance opens old wounds and excites old flames.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Barbara Stanwyck didn't make that many period pieces, so it is a bit of an unusual role for her. As always, she is magnificent. Good costumes and sets, a bit on the melodramatic side but still very interesting. Okay supporting cast. Not one of Stanwyck's best, but it remains a fine film.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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