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Encyclopedia > Desire (1936 film)
Desire

Original French film poster for Désir (Desire)
Directed by Frank Borzage
Produced by Frank Borzage
Ernst Lubitsch
Henry Herzbrun (Executive producer)
Written by Edwin Justus Mayer
Waldemar Young
Samuel Hoffenstein
Hans Székely (play)
Robert A. Stemmle (play)
Vincent Lawrence
Benn W. Levy
Starring Marlene Dietrich
Gary Cooper
John Halliday
William Frawley
Akim Tamiroff
Alan Mowbray
Music by Frederick Hollander
Cinematography Charles Lang
Victor Milner
Editing by William Shea
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) United States 11 April 1936
Running time USA 95 min
Country USA
Language English
IMDb profile

Desire is an 1936 romantic drama film made by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Frank Borzage and produced by Borzage and Ernst Lubitsch. It is a remake of the 1933 German film Die Schönen Tage von Aranjuez. The screenplay was by Samuel Hoffenstein, Edwin Justus Mayer and Waldemar Young based on the play Die Schönen Tage von Aranjuez by Hans Székely and Robert A. Stemmle. The music score was by Frederick Hollander and the cinematography by Charles Lang and Victor Milner. Marlene Dietrich's wardrobe was designed by Travis Banton. Frank Borzage (April 23, 1893 - June 19, 1962) was an American film director and actor famed for his mystical romanticism. ... Ernst Lubitsch (January 28, 1892 – November 30, 1947), was a German-born Jewish film director. ... Samuel Hoffenstein (October 9, 1890 - October 6, 1947) was a screenwriter and a musical composer. ... Marlene Dietrich in the 1930s Marlene Dietrich (December 27, 1901 – May 6, 1992) was a German-born actress, entertainer and singer. ... Gary Cooper (born Frank James Cooper May 7, 1901 – May 13, 1961) was a two-time Academy Award-winning American film actor of English heritage. ... John Halliday (September 14, 1880 - October 17, 1947) was an American actor of stage and screen, who often played suave aristocrats and foreigners. ... William Clement Frawley (February 26, 1887 – March 3, 1966) began in vaudeville and as a screen actor, with well over a hundred films to his credit, but gained greater fame as Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy. ... Akim Tamiroff (October 29, 1899, Baku, Azerbaijan - September 17, 1972, Palm Springs, California) was an American actor. ... Alan Mowbray (August 18, 1896 - March 25, 1969), was a British stage and film actor who found success in Hollywood. ... Frederick Holländer (October 18, 1896 - January 18, 1976) was an English-born composer of German descent. ... Charles Lang (March 22, 1902 – April 3, 1998) was a noted film cinematographer. ... Victor Milner (December 15, 1893 - October 29, 1972) was an award-winning cinematographer. ... William Alfred Shea (b. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... April 11 is the 101st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (102nd in leap years). ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... See also: 1935 in film 1936 1937 in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events January 6 - first Porky Pig animated cartoon September 28 - The Marx Brothers Harpo Marx marries actress Susan Fleming Top grossing films in North America Red River Valley Academy Awards Best Picture: The Great... A romantic drama film is a film that seriously studies the romantic nature of relationships between people. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Frank Borzage (April 23, 1893 - June 19, 1962) was an American film director and actor famed for his mystical romanticism. ... Ernst Lubitsch (January 28, 1892 – November 30, 1947), was a German-born Jewish film director. ... See also: 1932 in film 1933 1934 in film 1930s in film years in film film // Events British Film Institute founded. ... Samuel Hoffenstein (October 9, 1890 - October 6, 1947) was a screenwriter and a musical composer. ... Frederick Holländer (October 18, 1896 - January 18, 1976) was an English-born composer of German descent. ... Charles Lang (March 22, 1902 – April 3, 1998) was a noted film cinematographer. ... Victor Milner (December 15, 1893 - October 29, 1972) was an award-winning cinematographer. ... Travis Banton (August 18, 1894 - February 2, 1958) was the chief designer at Paramount Pictures. ...


The film stars Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper and John Halliday with William Frawley, Akim Tamiroff and Alan Mowbray. Marlene Dietrich in the 1930s Marlene Dietrich (December 27, 1901 – May 6, 1992) was a German-born actress, entertainer and singer. ... Gary Cooper (born Frank James Cooper May 7, 1901 – May 13, 1961) was a two-time Academy Award-winning American film actor of English heritage. ... John Halliday (September 14, 1880 - October 17, 1947) was an American actor of stage and screen, who often played suave aristocrats and foreigners. ... William Clement Frawley (February 26, 1887 – March 3, 1966) began in vaudeville and as a screen actor, with well over a hundred films to his credit, but gained greater fame as Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy. ... Akim Tamiroff (October 29, 1899, Baku, Azerbaijan - September 17, 1972, Palm Springs, California) was an American actor. ... Alan Mowbray (August 18, 1896 - March 25, 1969), was a British stage and film actor who found success in Hollywood. ...


Background and production

John Gilbert was initially cast as Carlos Margoli, which was to be his comeback role. He had a heart attack in his dressing room a few weeks later and was immediately replaced by John Halliday. A few days later, Gilbert died of alcohol-induced heart failure. John Gilbert may refer to several people: John Gilbert (actor) John Gilbert (naturalist) John Gilbert (painter) John William Gilbert (British, Labour Party politician) John Gilbert (Canadian politician) (NDP) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Some of the scenes in the film were directed by Ernst Lubitsch whilst Frank Borzage was fulfilling a prior commitment at Warner Bros.


The film was shot at Paramount Studios and the Iverson Ranch, Chatsworth, California and, unusually for its time, on location in France and Spain. Chatsworth is a community of Los Angeles, bordered by the Santa Susana Mountains and unincorporated Los Angeles County lands to the north, Porter Ranch to the northeast, Northridge to the east, West Hills to the south, and the Simi Hills, Ventura County, Simi Valley, and Chatsworth Lake Manor to the...


Of this film, Dietrich herself said,

The only film I need not be ashamed of is Desire, directed by Frank Borzage and based on a script by Ernst Lubitsch. I found Gary Cooper a little less monosyllabic than before. He was finally rid of Lupe Velez, who had been at his heels constantly throughout the shooting of Morocco.

and, Lupe Vélez Lupe Vélez (July 18, 1908 - December 13, 1944) was a Mexican actress. ...

Desire became a good film and, moreover, also proved to be a box-office success. The script was excellent, the roles superb - one more proof that these elements are more important than actors [1]

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