Human Desire 1954

Human Desire

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When he's fired from his job at the railroad, Carl Buckley (Broderick Crawford) asks his wife, Vicki (Gloria Grahame), to pay a visit to his boss, Owens (Grandon Rhodes), to try to earn his sympathies. It works, but Carl then assumes that Vicki and Owens are involved romantically, so he murders his boss in a jealous rage. Sick of her husband's violent ways, Vicki seduces Jeff (Glenn Ford), another worker at the railroad, hoping that she can convince him to murder her husband.

Cast & Crew

Glenn Ford
Jeff Warren
Gloria Grahame
Vicki Buckley
Edgar Buchanan
Alec Simmons
Kathleen Case
Ellen Simmons
Diane DeLaire
Vera Simmons
John Pickard
Matt Henley
Emile Zola
Writer
Burnett Guffey
Cinematographer
Aaron Stell
Film Editor
Robert Peterson
Art Direction
William Kiernan
Set Decoration
Jean Louis
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for Human Desire

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Audience Reviews for Human Desire

  • Apr 22, 2015
    In "Human Desire," Jeff Warren(Glenn Ford) is just back from the wars and at his job as a train engineer. At work, he encounters Carl Buckley(Broderick Crawford), a friend, who soon enough loses his job in a fight with management. So, Carl travels to the city with his wife Vicki(Gloria Grahame) to get his job back. Which she does. But when it takes much, much longer than he originally thought, this only goes to fuel his jealousy. Directed by Fritz Lang with no small amount of relish, "Human Desire" is not just a very good crime movie of the era it was made in, but also one very much ahead of its time. First, it is still the rare movie to point out when an older man is paired with a much younger woman which is usually still taken for granted. Second and more importantly is how the movie is also very honest about domestic violence, even if the vocabulary did not yet exist when this was made.
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  • Mar 09, 2008
    Not as good as The Big Heat but on its own a fine gritty noir. Gloria Grahame is excellent as usual, incredibly alluring but venal and base.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2008
    hmm. seemed a bit cheesy to me. all about some cheating mrs playing men off against one another. it's all been done many many times before in many many movies. the same old storyline.... especially so in alot of black n' white flicks. there's a few of the others with the same plot that are alot better than this too!
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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