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One Desire (1955)

In early 1900s, an Oklahoma gambler-casino dealer teams-up with a saloon dancer and together they seek a new life in a Colorado mining town where their relationship and respectability are tested.

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Jerry Hopper

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Conrad Richter (novel), Lawrence Roman | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anne Baxter ... Tacey Cromwell
Rock Hudson ... Clint Saunders
Julie Adams ... Judith Watrous
Carl Benton Reid ... Sen. Kenneth A. Watrous
Natalie Wood ... Seely Dowder
William Hopper ... 'Mac' MacBain
Betty Garde ... Mrs. O'Dell
Barry Curtis ... Nugget Saunders
Adrienne Marden Adrienne Marden ... Marjorie Huggins
Fay Morley Fay Morley ... Flo
Vici Raaf ... Kate
Lynn Millan Lynn Millan ... Bea
Smoki Whitfield Smoki Whitfield ... Sam
Howard Wright Howard Wright ... Judge Congin
Edward Earle ... Mr. Hathaway
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Circa 1900, runaway boy Nugget arrives in an Oklahoma boom town to find his brother...who's a dealer in the casino section of a palatial bawdy house, and lover of the madam, Tacey Cromwell. Together, Nugget, Clint, and Tacey seek respectability in a Colorado mining town. Clint finds work at the town's new bank, while Tacey adopts another orphan, Seely. But Clint is pursued by banker's daughter Judith Watrous, who's seemingly sweet but takes ruthless steps to eliminate competition. Result for Tacey: heartbreak, renunciation, and tears a-plenty. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Nobody ever paid me for being a Lady! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Son seul amour See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Anne and Julie square off
6 January 2012 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

A woman's drama set in the west not a western. Anne Baxter is aces as Tacey the dance hall queen who wants a simpler life with Rock Hudson, who towers over her, and his brother in a small town until outside forces cause her no end of troubles. She suffers grandly in spangles and feathers all in rich Technicolor but manages to rein in the overheated emotions with a warm controlled performance.

A performance that isn't quite as controlled and all the better for it is Julie Adams' evil rich girl. Always an excellent actress but often cast as the love interest or nice girl she is so deliciously malevolent it's a pity she didn't get a chance to chew the high grade ham more often.

Natalie Wood, her next film after this was Rebel Without a Cause, doesn't have much to do but injects what there is of her part with movie star charisma and spunk. The same goes for Rock who is called upon to be handsome and rather thick. The whole film is really just there to provide a backdrop to the ladies flashy dramatics and on that basis it serves it purpose.

Not available on DVD, hard to believe with any film that has Rock, Anne and Natalie in the cast, this is well worth seeking out.


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