Greer GarsonDesire Me
Like A Woman's Face and Keeper of the Flame, 1947's Desire Me was directed by George Cukor. Cukor had an exquisite visual style, and Desire Me, although flawed, has a haunted, misty atmosphere that disguises the uneven plot.
Greer Garson plays Marise Aubert, a widow whose grief over her husband Paul's death in a Nazi prison camp has almost destroyed her.  Into her life comes Jean Renaud (Richard Hart), a former prison-mate of Paul Aubert's (Robert Mitchum).  Via flashbacks, we find that Jean, having no family or sweetheart of his own, had survived prison life by hearing about Marise from her husband and now feels he has the right to "claim" her for his own.   Marise, desperate for any contact with her lost husband no matter how vicarious, is drawn into a strange, obsessive relationship with the troubled Jean.

The luminous Garson does her best, but that quality of serene assuredness that served her so well in other roles is missing in the character of the confused widow.As for her co-stars, there is far too little of a young Robert Mitchum (just on the verge of becoming a major star), and way too much of Richard Hart, a curiously unappealing actor whose early death cut short his movie career.

With hindsight we know of Mitchum's ability to play manipulative and unsavory characters so well that you fall for him no matter what, and it's interesting to speculate what Desire Me would have been like had the male roles been reversed.

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