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Of Love and Desire

Of Love and Desire(1963)

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Brief Synopsis

American engineer Steve Corey (Steve Cochran) comes to Mexico to work at one of the mining projects owned by Katherine Beckman (Merle Oberon) and her half-brother Paul (Curt Jurgen.) He meets Katherine, and the man he is replacing, Bill Maxton (Steve Brodie), tells him that Katherine is his for the asking..."all you have to do is touch her---she goes off like fireworks. There were plenty of guys before me, and there'll be plenty after me." Steve finds Katherine as advertised but he falls in love with her. Once he sees that the romance is for real, brother Paul is more than a little displeased at this turn of events and brings back one of Katherine's earlier flames, Gus Cole (John Agar), to tempt Katherine away from Steve. Half-siblings Katherine and Paul are carrying some baggage from the past it appears. Actually, it is more than appearances and Paul spells it right out before this exercise in tedium is over.

Cast & Crew

Richard Rush Director
Merle Oberon Katherine Beckman
Steve Cochran Steve Corey
Curt Jurgens Paul Beckman
John Agar Gus Cole
Steve Brodie Bill Maxton
Eduardo Noriega Mr. Dominguez
Rebeca Iturbide Mrs. Renard
Elsa Cardenas Mrs. Dominguez
Tony Carbajal Dr. Renard
Aurora Muñoz Maria, the housemaid

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  New York opening: 11 Sep 1963
Release Date:  1963 Production Date:  none available
Color/B&W:  Color (DeLuxe) Distributions Co:  Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  New World Film Corp.
Duration(mins):  97 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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  • Of Love and Desire

    Jamie 2014-04-09

    Is this campy? Yes. Get over it! It is worth watching -- at least once. If you love Merle Oberon or Curt Jurgens, you can't pass this one up. ... MORE>

  • Starring Merle Oberon

    David Atkins 2011-08-16

    Merle Oberon was a movie star who lived like a Movie Star. This film is set in Mexico and uses Ms. Oberson'sfabulous homes as sets for the story of a... MORE>