arson.com by Ed S.
Desire Me (1947)
Some of Ed's favourite moments
This movie is famous for being almost the only major
studio production without a Director's credit.
Apparently the whole production was a complete fiasco.
Initial director George Cukor
and Mitchum didn't get along, Greer got
swept out to sea, and the
story had to be cobbled together as it was being filmed.
Jack Conway, Victor Saville, and Mervyn LeRoy all
directed at some point or other.
And to top it all off, Greer's marriage to Richard Ney was falling apart during
Greer almost lost her life while making this movie.
In mid-April 1946, she and Richard Hart were
swept out to sea while they were filming a
shrimp-gathering scene and a freak wave crashed upon the
shore at Monterrey.
This movie has flashbacks within flashbacks, a horribly
melodramatic and pointless opening scene in a doctor's
office, more soap-opera acting by Greer when Mitchum
returns, and I hate to say it, but some of the
Greer-mannerisms that worked so well in her earlier
movies just don't belong here.
Robert Mitchum is almost an afterthought in this movie.
Richard Hart is the one who gets his hands on Greer more
than anyone else.
Originally, Mitchum was to have the meatier role of
Jean, while Robert Montgomery was to have played Paul.
The story of Greer's tribulations with Mitchum's lunch
is dramatized in the biography herein.
This time, when Greer plays the piano, she really
is playing the piano.