Their Own Desire (1929)

65 mins | Romance | 27 December 1929

Director:

E. Mason Hopper

Writer:

Frances Marion

Cinematographer:

William Daniels

Editor:

Harry Reynolds

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The 24 Aug 1929 Hollywood Filmograph announced that production of the forthcoming Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (M-G-M) release, Their Own Desire, was underway at M-G-M Studios in Culver City, CA. The picture, based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Sarita Fuller, was under the joint direction of E. Mason Hopper and James Grant Forbes, and starred Norma Shearer. Forbes also wrote dialogue for the adaptation.
       Several publications, including the 31 Aug 1929 Motion Picture News, erroneously stated the film's title as Their Own Desires.
       Although the 21 Aug 1929 Var listed Regis Toomey in the cast, he was forced to drop out due to a commitment with another production, and was replaced by Robert Montgomery, according to the 5 Sep 1929 FD.
       The Dec 1929 New Movie Magazine reported that polo sequences were filmed at the Midwick Country Club in Alhambra, CA, which had a regulation polo field and two smaller polo fields on its grounds.
       A release chart in the 23 Nov 1929 Motion Picture News listed a 3 Jan 1930 release date. However, modern sources reported a 27 Dec 1929 release.
       Their Own Desires opened at the Capitol Theatre in New York City on 24 Jan 1930, as announced in the 29 Jan 1930 Var review. Var and the 26 Jan 1930 FD review deemed the picture and its performances "first-rate." FD also praised the film's direction and stated that "the story is evenly entertaining, frequently whimsical, and ends satisfactorily."
       Norma Shearer was nominated for an Academy Award ... More Less

The 24 Aug 1929 Hollywood Filmograph announced that production of the forthcoming Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (M-G-M) release, Their Own Desire, was underway at M-G-M Studios in Culver City, CA. The picture, based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Sarita Fuller, was under the joint direction of E. Mason Hopper and James Grant Forbes, and starred Norma Shearer. Forbes also wrote dialogue for the adaptation.
       Several publications, including the 31 Aug 1929 Motion Picture News, erroneously stated the film's title as Their Own Desires.
       Although the 21 Aug 1929 Var listed Regis Toomey in the cast, he was forced to drop out due to a commitment with another production, and was replaced by Robert Montgomery, according to the 5 Sep 1929 FD.
       The Dec 1929 New Movie Magazine reported that polo sequences were filmed at the Midwick Country Club in Alhambra, CA, which had a regulation polo field and two smaller polo fields on its grounds.
       A release chart in the 23 Nov 1929 Motion Picture News listed a 3 Jan 1930 release date. However, modern sources reported a 27 Dec 1929 release.
       Their Own Desires opened at the Capitol Theatre in New York City on 24 Jan 1930, as announced in the 29 Jan 1930 Var review. Var and the 26 Jan 1930 FD review deemed the picture and its performances "first-rate." FD also praised the film's direction and stated that "the story is evenly entertaining, frequently whimsical, and ends satisfactorily."
       Norma Shearer was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Their Own Desire, but she won the Best Actress award for another 1930 production, The Divorcée (see entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
5 Sep 1929
p. 8.
Film Daily
26 Jan 1930
p. 9.
Hollywood Filmograph
24 Aug 1929
p. 3.
Motion Picture News
31 Aug 1929
p. 804.
Motion Picture News
23 Nov 1929
p. 61.
New York Times
25 Jan 1930
p. 13.
The New Movie Magazine
Dec 1929
p. 122.
Variety
21 Aug 1929
p. 27.
Variety
29 Jan 1930
p. 21.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus score
Mus score
SOUND
Rec eng
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Their Own Desire by Sarita Fuller (New York, 1929).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Blue Is the Night," words and music by Fred Fisher.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 December 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 24 January 1930
Production Date:
began late-August 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
6 January 1930
Copyright Number:
LP974
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Duration(in mins):
65
Length(in feet):
5,927
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When she discovers that her father is having a clandestine affair with another woman, Lally takes her mother, Harriet, to a resort, meets there a young man named Jack, and falls in love with him. After promising to marry him, she discovers that his mother is her father's mistress; and they decide to part. On a farewell boat ride they are caught in a storm, and the following morning they are reported missing. In their frantic search for them, Marlett and Beth (Lally's father and Jack's mother) realize the serious consequences of their affair, and reunion with their children brings about a return to their respective ... +


When she discovers that her father is having a clandestine affair with another woman, Lally takes her mother, Harriet, to a resort, meets there a young man named Jack, and falls in love with him. After promising to marry him, she discovers that his mother is her father's mistress; and they decide to part. On a farewell boat ride they are caught in a storm, and the following morning they are reported missing. In their frantic search for them, Marlett and Beth (Lally's father and Jack's mother) realize the serious consequences of their affair, and reunion with their children brings about a return to their respective spouses. +

GENRE
Genre:


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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