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Desirable (1934)

TV-PG | | Drama, Romance | 8 September 1934 (USA)
A man meets the daughter of his lover and they begin to fall in love.

Director:

Archie Mayo (as Archie L. Mayo)

Writer:

Mary C. McCall Jr. (story and screenplay) (as Mary McCall Jr.)
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Complete credited cast:
Jean Muir ... Lois Johnson
George Brent ... Stuart McAllister
Verree Teasdale ... Helen Walbridge
John Halliday ... Austin Stevens
Charles Starrett ... Russell Gray
Russell Hopton ... Chet
Joan Wheeler Joan Wheeler ... Babs
Barbara Leonard ... Margaret
Virginia Hammond ... Emily Gray
Pauline True ... Mac's Secretary
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Storyline

Famous actress Helen Walbridge gives her lover, Stuart McAllister, the key to her apartment intending to meet him there after a party celebrating her latest success. Stuart finds Helen's daughter, Lois Johnson, when he gets there, waiting for her mother. Lois has been hidden in a school by Helen so it will not be known she has a 19-year-old daughter, which may interfere with her career. Stuart and Lois become great friends, causing Helen to become jealous enough to convince Lois she's in love with upper crust society bachelor Russell Gray when they meet at a party and he proposes. But when Lois meets Russell's family at their estate she feels totally out of place, and calls Stuart to come and take her home. The engagement is broken, but Helen resorts to other tactics to try to wrest Lois away from Stuart. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Learn this season's new rules for husband-hunting! (Print Ad- Staunton Star-Times, ((Staunton, Ills.)) 20 September 1934)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Trivia

Verree Teasdale, who plays the mother of Jean Muir's character, is only eight years older than Jean. See more »

Goofs

When Lois is at the designer studio looking at a sketch of a gown, the white stripe on the black gown runs down the left side. In the next shot, when she's shown wearing the dress, the stripe is on the right side. See more »

Quotes

Helen Walbridge: Elevator men don't give people keys!
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Soundtracks

Kunsterleben, Op. 316 (Artist's Life)
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played when Mac and Helen are at Mario's restaurant
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Warner womens pic. has its moments.
16 December 2002 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

The Warner movies of the early thirties with a more female sensibility are forgotten. Here this traces back to the script by Mary McCall who also did IT'S TOUGH TO BE FAMOUS.

They pussyfoot round the scandalous issue of Brent sparking both actress Teasedale and daughter Muir and that stops this from being the strong melodrama it might have been but the team are still at the peak of the form that made the studio excel in the first years of sound and this one plays well and is full of imaginative minor touches of the kind that would fade from director Mayo's later work - Teasdale's success shown in a view of the audience the curtain shadow falls across, her passing the key seen silent through a window or an unseen doorman dismissing a taxi.

There's even a night life montage with champagne glasses.

The cast are in their element and, with a less rushed ending, this could have been a notable item.


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Release Date:

8 September 1934 (USA) See more »

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