Their Own Desire

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Their Own Desire
Directed by E. Mason Hopper
Written by Frances Marion
James Forbes (dialogue)
Based on the novel
by Sarita Fuller
Starring Norma Shearer
Belle Bennett
Lewis Stone
Robert Montgomery
Helene Millard
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • December 27, 1929 (1929-12-27)
Running time
65 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Their Own Desire is a 1929 American Pre-Code romantic drama film starring Norma Shearer, Belle Bennett, Lewis Stone, Robert Montgomery, and Helene Millard. The film was adapted by James Forbes and Frances Marion from the novel[1] by Sarita Fuller, and was directed by E. Mason Hopper.

Shearer was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, but lost to herself, for The Divorcee.


A young woman is upset by the knowledge that her father is divorcing her mother in order to marry another woman. Her own feelings change, however, when she falls in love with a young man who turns out to be the son of her father's new love.



The pool scenes in which John Cheever meets Lally Marlett for the first time were filmed at the Norconian Resort Supreme competition diving and swimming pools. While the diving boards and three diving platforms are long gone, the two Norconian pools are still intact, though worse for wear as of 2008, in the middle of what is now the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, California.


  1. ^ Allmovie film entry calls Fuller's work a short story.

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