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All I Desire is a 1953 American drama romance film directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Carlson, Lyle Bettger, Marcia Henderson, Lori Nelson and Maureen O'Sullivan. It is based on Carol Ryrie Brink's 1951 novel Stopover.

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1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production notes 4 References 5 External links

Plot[edit] Naomi Murdoch abandons her husband and children in Wisconsin, setting off to become an actress and also to flee from an aggressive former suitor, Dutch Heineman. She decides to return 10 years later at the invitation of daughter Lily, who is appearing in a high school play and about to graduate. Lily is delighted, believing Naomi has become a great success on stage. But the townspeople are concerned about her notoriety. And her school principal husband Henry is unsure how he feels about Naomi being back, as is older daughter Joyce, still bitter about her mother's long abandonment. At the school play, Dutch can't take his eyes off Naomi. A teacher, Sara Harper, now loves Henry but can tell he still has feelings for his long-absent wife. Dutch turns up when Naomi goes for a horseback ride with Joyce and boyfriend Russ. Joyce and her boyfriend leave Naomi by the lake and Dutch come forward to embrace Naomi. Naomi refuses his advances and rides home alone. Henry and Naomi reconcile. Later, Dutch signals that he wants Naomi to meet him at the lake. Naomi goes to tell Dutch that he must leave her alone because she is going to stay with Henry. Dutch says he has been too good to her and tries force himself on her; to fend him off, Naomi uses a riding crop, and struggles with him. During the struggle Dutch's rifle falls and Dutch is accidentally shot. Naomi's son Ted helps take Dutch to a doctor, even though he thinks his mother might have had a romantic rendezvous arranged with Dutch that day. Naomi believes it would be better for all if she went away. Lily wants to go along, in order to become a famed actress like her mother, whereupon Naomi confesses that her career has actually been a failure. Henry discovers from Dutch's wounds and anger that Naomi wanted nothing more to do with him. He prevents Naomi from leaving, wanting to give their life together another try. Cast[edit]

Barbara Stanwyck as Naomi Murdoch Richard Carlson as Henry Murdoch Lyle Bettger as Dutch Heineman Marcia Henderson as Joyce Murdoch Lori Nelson as Lily Murdoch Maureen O'Sullivan as Sara Harper Richard Long as Russ Underwood Billy Gray as Ted Murdoch Dayton Lummis as Col. Underwood Lotte Stein as Lena Maria Svenson Fred Nurney as Hans Peterson

Production notes[edit] The director, Douglas Sirk, originally shot a darker, sadder ending, but the producer, Ross Hunter, substituted a happier one [3] Richard Long, who has a horseback-riding scene with Stanwyck, would thirteen years later play Stanwyck's eldest son in the TV western series The Big Valley (1966). References[edit]

^ All I Desire at the American Film Institute Catalog ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954 ^ The Barbara Stanwyck Collection, Universal Backlot Series, 2010

External links[edit]

All I Desire on IMDb All I Desire at the TCM Movie Database All I Desire at AllMovie

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Films directed by Douglas Sirk

't Was één April (1936) The Court Concert (1936) To New Shores (1937) La Habanera (1937) Wilton's Zoo (1939) Hitler's Madman (1943) Summer Storm (1944) A Scandal in Paris (1946) Lured (1947) Sleep, My Love (1948) Shockproof (1949) The First Legion (1951) Thunder on the Hill (1951) The Lady Pays Off (1951) Week-End with Father (1951) No Room for the Groom (1952) Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952) Meet Me at the Fair (1953) Take Me to Town (1953) All I Desire (1953) Taza, Son of Cochise (1954) Magnificent Obsession (1954) Sign of the Pagan (1954) Captain Lightfoot (1955) All That Heaven Allows (1955) There's Always Tomorrow (1956) Never Say Goodbye (1956) Written on the Wind (1956) Battle Hymn (1957) Interlude (1957) The Tarnished Angels (1958) A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958) Imitation of Life (1959)

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Films produced by Ross Hunter

Take Me to Town (1953) All I Desire (1953) Tumbleweed (1947) Taza, Son of Cochise (1954) Naked Alibi (1954) Magnificent Obsession (1954) The Yellow Mountain (1954) All That Heaven Allows (1954) The Spoilers (1955) Captain Lightfoot (1955) One Desire (1955) There's Always Tomorrow (1956) Battle Hymn (1957) My Man Godfrey (1957) Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) Interlude (1957) This Happy Feeling (1958) The Restless Years (1958) Imitation of Life (1959) A Stranger in My Arms (1959) Pillow Talk (1959) Midnight Lace (1960) Portrait in Black (1960) Back Street (1961) Tammy Tell Me True (1961) Flower Drum Song (1961) If a Man Answers (1962) Tammy and the Doctor (1963) The Thrill of It All (1963) The Chalk Garden (1964) I'd Rather Be Rich (1964) The Art of Love (1965) Madame X (1966) The Pad and How to Use It (1966) Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) Rosie! (1967) Airport (1970) Lost Horizon (1973) The Lives of Jenny Dolan (1975) A Family Upside Down (1978) Suddenly, Love (1978) The Best Place to Be (1979)

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