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Their Own Desire
Director: E. Mason Hopper (Dir)
Release Date:   27 Dec 1929
Duration (in mins):   65
Duration (in feet):   5,927
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Norma Shearer (Lally)  
    Belle Bennett (Harriet)  
    Lewis Stone (Marlett)  
    Robert Montgomery (Jack)  
    Helene Millard (Beth)  
    Cecil Cunningham (Aunt Caroline)  
    Henry Hebert (Uncle Nate)  
    Mary Doran (Susan)  
    June Nash (Mildred)  

Summary: 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. 

Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp. (Loew's Inc.)
Distribution Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp. (Loew's Inc.)
Director: E. Mason Hopper (Dir)
  James Grant Forbes (Addl dir)
Writer: Frances Marion (Scr)
  James Grant Forbes (Dial)
Photography: William Daniels (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons (Art dir)
Film Editor: Harry Reynolds (Film ed)
Costumes: Adrian (Gowns)
Music: Fred Fisher (Mus score)
  Reggie Montgomery (Mus score)
  George Ward (Mus score)
Sound: J. K. Brock (Rec eng)
  Douglas Shearer (Rec eng)
Country: United States
Language: English

Songs: "Blue Is the Night," words and music by Fred Fisher.
Composer: Fred Fisher
Source Text: Based on the novel Their Own Desire by Sarita Fuller (New York, 1929).
Authors: Sarita Fuller

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp. 6/1/1930 dd/mm/yyyy LP974

Physical Properties: Sd: Movietone
  Sd, also Si: Also si.

Genre: Romance
Subjects (Major): Infidelity

Note: As part of the third Academy Awards, Norma Shearer received a nomination for her performance in this film and The Divorcee (see above). She won the award, but at the ceremony, only her work in The Divorcee was acknowledged. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   26 Jan 1930   p. 30.
New York Times   25 Jan 1930   p. 13.
Variety   29 Jan 1930   p. 21.

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