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Desire Me
     

Desire Me

Director: George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Greer Garson, Robert Mitchum

Cast: George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Greer Garson, Robert Mitchum

 
Marise Aubert (Greer Garson) has begun seeing a psychiatrist to treat her overwhelming guilt. It seems that Marise was married to Paul (Robert Mitchum), who was sent overseas in World War II. She loved Paul deeply and remained faithful to him. She then receives tragic news that Paul died in action, and months later is visited by Jean Renaud (Richard Hart), one of Paul

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Marise Aubert (Greer Garson) has begun seeing a psychiatrist to treat her overwhelming guilt. It seems that Marise was married to Paul (Robert Mitchum), who was sent overseas in World War II. She loved Paul deeply and remained faithful to him. She then receives tragic news that Paul died in action, and months later is visited by Jean Renaud (Richard Hart), one of Paul's friends from the Army. Jean tells Marise that he and Paul were captured by enemy troops, and Paul died in the midst of a heroic attempt to escape. Marise senses that Jean is as lonely and heartbroken as she is, and she allows him to stay at her house. They fall in love, but the situation becomes complicated when a letter arrives from Paul. Jean hides it from Marise, hoping that she will not discover that her husband is still alive. He tries to convince her to sell her home and move away from her troubling memories, but before the sale can go through, Paul appears at the doorstep. While Paul can forgive Marise for betraying him, she is unable to forgive herself. Desire Me was released without a director's credit; the bulk of the principal photography was supervised by George Cukor, but by all accounts it was a troubled shoot, and eventually Mervyn LeRoy and Jack Conway both worked to finish the picture. Garson nearly drowned while filming one scene, and Mitchum claimed that Cukor put Garson through 125 takes of another scene before she could say the word "No" to his satisfaction.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Greer Garson and Robert Mitchum deserve better than Desire Me, an unconvincing romance that, while not terrible, nevertheless can't seem to escape the muddle that it gets itself into. The flashback sequences are intended to create dramatic tension and interest, but they wear after a while, and the ending in which the psychiatrist wraps up Garson's troubles about her guilt so quickly doesn't convince. It's also a problem that the audience never really gets a chance to see for itself the development of the relationship between Mitchum and Garson. Instead, Garson talks about the intensity of their feelings for each other, but the audience, not witnessing it for itself, is kept emotionally at a distance and doesn't have the investment in this crucial part of the film. Similarly, not enough time is allowed to pass between Garson being told Mitchum is dead and her deciding to marry Richard Hart. It would be one thing if the love between Garson and Mitchum had not been as deep as she claimed, if that was a fantasy she had draped around it; that would have been the basis for a different, and far more interesting movie. But that's not the case, and the audience balks at the character's quick change of heart. The actors all do well with what they have to work with, and without a firm directorial hand (no director is officially credited, although George Cukor and Mervyn LeRoy, along with one and possibly two others, worked on it). Without a strong presence at the helm, the film flounders, leaving the cast to pull it all together.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2014
UPC:
0888574054960
Original Release:
1947
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
25,907

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Performance Credits
Greer Garson Marise Aubert
Robert Mitchum Paul Aubert
Richard Hart Jean Renaud
George Zucco Father Donnard
Morris Ankrum Martin
Cecil Humphreys Dr. Andre Leclair
David Hoffman Postman
Stanley Andrews Emile
Sam Ash Master of Ceremonies
Florence Bates Mrs. Lannie
Frederick Brunn German Voices
Sidney D'Albrook Assistant
Fernanda Eliscu Old Woman
Earl Hodgins Barker
Edward Keane Baker
David Leonard Cobbler
Mitchell Lewis Old Man
Louis Mason Sailor
Belle Mitchell Baker's Wife
Gil Perkins Soldier
Albert Petit Tinsel Wreath Vendor
Hans Schumm Actor
Clinton Sundberg Saleman
Maurice R. Tauzin Boy
Max Willenz Dr. Poulin
Harry Woods Joseph
Tony Carson Youth
Hans Tanzler German Guard

Technical Credits
George Cukor Director
Mervyn LeRoy Director
Zoë Akins Screenwriter
Joseph Dervin Editor
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arthur Hornblow Producer
Urie McCleary Art Director
Marguerite Roberts Screenwriter
Casey Robinson Screenwriter
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Herbert Stothart Score Composer

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