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~The Desired Woman~
1927
Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Written by: Anthony Coldeway

Based on a story by Darryl F. Zanuck (as Mark Canfield)
~Cast~

Irene Rich ... Diana Maxwell
William Russell ... Captain Maxwell
William Collier Jr. ... Lieutenant Larry Trent
Douglas Gerrard ... Fitzroy
Jack Ackroyd ... Henery
John Miljan ... Lieutenant Kellogg
Richard Tucker ... Sir Sydney Vincent
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by Warner Bros.

Produced by: Darryl F. Zanuck
Cinematography by: Conrad Wells
Assistant Director: Henry Blanke

Length: 7 Reels
Runtime: 70 Minutes
Released: August 27, 1927

A Vitaphone musical accompaniment and sound effects were added to this otherwise
silent production.

This film is presumed lost. In the late 1949s and 1950s, Warner Bros. destroyed many
of its negatives due to nitrate film decomposition. Studio records indicate that the
negative of filmography pre-1931 was marked "Junked 12/27/48" (December 27, 1948)
or in February 1956, Jack Warner sold the rights to all of his pre-December 1949 films
to Associated Artists Productions. Please check your attic.
~Plot Synopsis~
Even in the early stages of his Warner Bros. career, director Michael Curtiz was eager and willing to
tackle any sort of story tossed his way. Based on an original by Mark Canfield (a pseudonym for
Darryl F. Zanuck), The Desired Woman is a standard stiff-upper-lip military drama set at a remote
British outpost in Africa. Irene Rich plays Lady Diana, the wife of martinet British officer Captain
Maxwell (William Russell). When Maxwell unjustly court-martials his young subordinate Larry Trent
(William Collier Jr.) -- who'd been forced to kill a fellow officer in self-defense -- Lady Diana walks out
on him. She divorces Maxwell and marries Sir Sydney Vincent (Richard Tucker), who uses his clout to
pardon Trent. Only during the desert battle scenes was Michael Curtiz able to bring this hidebound
melodrama to life.

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
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