Their Own Desire

Their Own Desire

Norma Shearer
Director: E. Mason Hopper Cast: Norma Shearer
Norma Shearer
, Belle Bennett
Belle Bennett
, Robert Montgomery
Robert Montgomery
E. Mason Hopper

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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Yet another early talkie about love, jealousy and divorce among the upper classes, Their Own Desire remains a dramatically stilted if technically efficient star vehicle. Lewis Stone is married to frumpy Belle Bennett, whom he leaves for the more streamlined Helene Millard. Stone's daughter, Norma Shearer, formerly a carefree member of the younger polo set, takes her mother's side on the issue and refuses any further association with the parent she once worshipped. In an attempt to forget her family problems, Shearer dallies with young Robert Montgomery and they fall madly in love. But he turns out to be Millard's son and Mother Bennett reacts to this alarming development by having fainting spells. Forced by circumstances to meet in secrecy, Shearer and Montgomery find themselves caught up in a ferocious storm on Lake Michigan and are reported missing. They have survived on an uninhabited island, however, from whence they are rescued by Stone, whom Shearer has forgiven. Parading a series of sleek gowns by Adrian, Norma Shearer performs one of her patented "restless debutante" roles with her usual elan but is somewhat defeated by Frances Marion's overly talkative scripts. Still, Their Own Desire did well enough at the box-office for MGM to re-team her with newcomer Robert Montgomery in the similar The Divorcee (1930), for which she earned an Academy Award.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/2010
UPC: 0883316242377
Original Release: 1929
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:04:00
Sales rank: 36,484

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Norma Shearer Lally Marlett
Belle Bennett Harriet Marlett
Robert Montgomery Jack Marlett
Helene Millard Beth
Cecil Cunningham Aunt Caroline
Mary Doran Suzanne
June Nash Mildred
Henry J. Hebert Uncle Nate
Lewis Stone Mr. Marlett

Technical Credits
E. Mason Hopper Director,Producer
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Fred Fisher Score Composer,Songwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Frances Marion Screenwriter
Reggie Montgomery Score Composer
Harry Reynolds Editor
George Ward Score Composer

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