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All I Desire Details


All I Desire an early exercise in Douglas Sirk Baroque, is set at the turn of the century. Long divorced from her husband Richard Carlson, itinerant actress Barbara Stanwyck returns to her home town to watch her daughter perform in a high school play. Stanwyck decides to turn over a new leaf and devote herself to the daughter she's never known. This she finds next to impossible, thanks to ugly small-town gossip attending her return. The film was obviously building up to an unhappy ending, but producer Ross Hunter intervened, tacking on an unbelievably upbeat denouement. This artistic outrage evidently didn't hurt Hunter's relationship with director Douglas Sirk, inasmuch as the two would continue to successfully collaborate in the future. All I Desire is based on a novel by Carol Brink. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Barbara Stanwyck
as Naomi Murdoch
Richard Carlson
as Henry Murdoch
Lyle Bettger
as Dutch Heinemann
Maureen O'Sullivan
as Sara Harper
Lori Nelson
as Lily Murdoch
Richard Long
as Russ Underwood
Lotte Stein
as Lena Engstrom
Dayton Lummis
as Col. Underwood
Fred Nurney
as Peterson
Charles Hand
Billy Gray
as Ted Murdoch
Brett Halsey
Billy Gray
as Ted Murdoch


Douglas Sirk
Ross Hunter
Robert Blees
Gina Kaus
Carl Guthrie
Joseph E. Gershenson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph E. Gershenson
Composer (Music Score)
Henry Mancini
Composer (Music Score)
Herman Stein
Composer (Music Score)
Alexander Golitzen
Art Director
Bernard Herzbrun
Art Director
Julia Heron
Set Designer
Rosemary Odell
Costume Designer
Kenny Williams