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::1936 - Desire (The Pearl Necklace) / Sehnsucht - Perlen zum Glück



USA 1936
Paramount
black & white

Synopsis:
Jewel thief Madeleine de Beaupré, posing as a psychiatrist's wife, steals a valuable pearl necklace from jeweler Aristide Duvalle and flees Paris, heading for the Spanish border. On the road, she encounters Tom Bradley, an American automobile engineer stationed in Paris, who is heading for Spain on vacation. After slipping the necklace into Bradley's pocket to avoid a customs inspector, Madeleine has great difficulty recovering the jewels, failing even when she steals Bradley's car with all his possessions. Bradley makes his way to San Sebastian, where Madeleine is holed up with her partner in crime, Carlos Margoli. Accepting the thieves' pose as aristocrats and their excuses for the car theft, the amorous Bradley falls in love with Madeleine, who encourages him until the necklace is in Carlos' possession. By that time, however, Madeleine has come to return Bradley's affection and informs Carlos that she is going straight. After some anguish, Madeleine confesses the truth to Bradley, who forgives her. Bradley and Madeleine seize the necklace from Carlos, return it to Duvalle in Paris, and throw themselves on the mercy of the law. Madeleine is paroled, and the two are married.

Cast:
MARLENE DIETRICH (Madeleine de Beaupre)
GARY COOPER (Tom Bradley)
JOHN HALLIDAY (Carlos Margoli)
WILLIAM FRAWLEY (Mr. Gibson)
ERNEST COSSART (Aristide Duvalle)
AKIM TAMIROFF (Police Official Avilia)
ALAN MOWBRAY (Dr. Maurice Pauquet)
ZEFFIE TILBURY (Aunt Olga)
ENRIQUE ACOSTA (Pedro)
ALICE FELIZ (Pepi)
STANLEY ANDREWS (Customs Official)
HARRY DEPP (Gibson’s Clerk)
MARC LAWRENCE (Charles, the Valet)
ARMAND KALIZ, GASTON GLASS (Jewlrey Clerk)
ALBERT POLLET (French Policeman)
GEORGE DAVIS (French Garage Man)
CONSTANT FRANKE (Border Official)
ROBERT O'CONNOR (Customs Official)
RAFAEL BLANCO (Haywagon Driver)
ALDEN CHASE (Continental Palace Hotel Clerk)
TONY MERLO (Waiter)
ANNA DE LINSKY (Servant)
GEORGE MACQUARRIE (Clerk with Gun)
ISABEL LA MAL (Nurse)
OLIVER ECKHARDT (Husband)
BLANCHE CRAIG (Wife)
ROLLO LLOYD (Clerk to Perform Wedding)
ALFONSO PEDROZA (Oxcart Driver)

Crew:
FRANK BORZAGE (Director)
ERNST LUBITSCH (Producer and Fill-in Director)
HENRY HERZBRUN (Executive Producer)
ERIC LOCKE (Director 2. Unit)
EDWIN JUSTUS MAYER, WALDEMAR YOUNG, SAMUEL HOFFENSTEIN (Screenplay)
CHARLES LANG, VICTOR MILNER (Camera)
FARCIOT EDOUART, HARRY PERRY SAMUEL (Special Photographic Effects)
HANS DREIER, ROBERT USHER (Art Direction)
WILLIAM SHEA (Film Editor)
A. E. FREUDEMAN (Interior Design)
TRAVIS BANTON (Costumes)
HARRY D. MILLS, DON JOHNSON (Sound)
FREDERICK HOLLANDER (Music)
based on a stage play by HANS SZEKELY and R. A. STEMMLE

Song:
»Awake in a Dream« by FREDERICK HOLLANDER (Music) and LEO ROBIN (Lyrics)

Length:
2613m, 99 Minutes

Production:
16 September to 21 December 1935
Reshoots 4/5 February 1936

Premiere:
1 April 1936, Berlin (»Sehnsucht«)
US-Premiere:
11 April 1936, Paramount Theatre, New York