Their Own Desire (1929): Hopper’s Pre-Code Melodrama, Starring Norma Shearer

Their Own Desire, the last MGM film of the 1920s, was adapted by James Forbes and Frances Marion from the novel by Sarita Fuller.

Their Own Desire
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Norma Shearer was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar, but lost to herself for The Divorcee. (She was nominated for two roles in the same year).


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Shearer plays a young woman, Lucia ‘Lally’ Marlett, who’s upset by the knowledge that her father (Lewis Stone) is divorcing her mother in order to marry another woman.

Her own feelings change, however, when she falls in love with a young handsome man (Robert Montgomery), who turns out to be the son of her father’s new love.

Norma Shearer as Lucia ‘Lally’ Marlett
Belle Bennett as Harriet Marlett
Lewis Stone as Henry Marlett
Robert Montgomery as John Douglas Cheever
Helene Millard as Beth Cheever
Cecil Cunningham as Aunt Caroline Elrick
Henry Hebert as Uncle Nate Elrick
Mary Doran as Suzanne Elrick
June Nash as Mildred Elrick

Directed by E. Mason Hopper
Written by Frances Marion,  James Forbes (dialogue), Lucille Newmark (titles), based on Their Own Desire by Sarita Fuller
Cinematography William H. Daniels
Edited by Harry Reynolds
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date: December 27, 1929
Running time 65 minutes