Desirable


1h 8m 1934
Desirable

Brief Synopsis

An aging actress tries to keep her teen-aged daughter out of the public eye.

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Film Details

Also Known As
A Lady Surrenders
Genre
Romance
Drama
Release Date
Sep 8, 1934
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Productions Corp.
Distribution Company
The Vitaphone Corp.; Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

Famous actress Helen Walbridge gives her apartment key to Stuart McAllister, known as Mac, planning to meet him there after her performance. Letting himself in, Mac meets Lois Johnson, a young woman of nineteen. She is Helen's daughter, who has been sequestered at school even though she is too old, because Helen does not want Lois to interfere with her life or be acknowledged openly as her daughter. Mac finds Lois delightful and offers to show her New York. When Helen arrives that evening, Mac discreetly leaves the two women alone. Although Helen wants Lois to stay with relatives in the country, Lois, with Mac's encouragement, insists on staying with her mother. Mac goes so far as to threaten to expose Lois' existence if Helen refuses, so Helen introduces her daughter to society at a formal tea party. The social rush that follows temporarily interferes with the friendship that has grown between Mac and Lois, but when Lois receives a proposal from Russell Gray, she calls Mac for advice. Helen has convinced Lois that she must be in love with Russell, so despite his sadness, Mac supports her engagement. Lois visits Russell's family at their country home where she feels totally out of place. Mrs. Gray is disappointed to discover that Lois' father was not in society and scolds her when she finds her talking with the maid in a friendly manner. Deeply unhappy, Lois invites Mac to visit her because he is the only person to whom she can talk. Mrs. Gray is horrified by Lois' actions. Then Lois discovers that Russ expects her to change over time and she breaks her engagement. Mac takes her back to New York, but Helen is not happy to see her and the two women quarrel. When Lois says that she is in love with Mac, Helen tells her that Mac had come that first night to see her. Lois runs out of the room to find Mac waiting for her in the elevator, where he convinces Lois that he loves her.

Film Details

Also Known As
A Lady Surrenders
Genre
Romance
Drama
Release Date
Sep 8, 1934
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Productions Corp.
Distribution Company
The Vitaphone Corp.; Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

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Desirable (1934)


An aging actress tries to keep her teen-aged daughter out of the public eye.
Desirable (1934)

Desirable (1934)

An aging actress tries to keep her teen-aged daughter out of the public eye.

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The film's pre-release title was A Lady Surrenders. Film Daily notes that Orry-Kelly created 20 new gowns for Jean Muir and 17 for Verree Teasdale. According to Hollywood Reporter, the extensive wardrobe, along with the fact that Brent was still working on another film, held up the production start date. Hollywood Reporter notes that Barbara Leonard replaced Maxine Doyle in the role of Margaret.