Heart's Desire (1935 film)

Heart's Desire is a 1935 British musical drama film directed by Paul L. Stein and starring Richard Tauber, Leonora Corbett, Kathleen Kelly, Diana Napier and Frank Vosper.[1] Its plot involves a young opera singer who is discovered in Vienna and brought to London where he rises to stardom.[2] The film was made at Elstree Studios in April/May 1935, and had its charity premiere at the Regal Cinema, Marble Arch, London on 17 October that year. It was part of a cycle of British operetta films.

Heart's Desire
Sheet music tie-in
Directed byPaul L. Stein
Produced byWalter C. Mycroft
Written byRoger Burford
Jack Davies
Bruno Frank
Clifford Grey
Lawrence du Garde Peach
Lioni Pickard
StarringRichard Tauber
Leonora Corbett
Carl Harbord
Paul Graetz
Music byG.H. Clutsam
CinematographyJohn C. Cox
Edited byLeslie Norman
Distributed byWardour Films
Release date
August 1935
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Critical reception

In a contemporary review, The Sydney Morning Herald wrote "This plot makes few demands upon Mr Tauber as actor and enables the audience to enjoy his magnificent singing without much interruption...It would be impossible one imagines, for Mr Tauber to navigate his way through a film that was stronger dramatically than this one. A film in which he appears becomes a pleasant alternative to a series of his phonograph records. From this point of view the producers of 'Heart's Desire' have succeeded admirably."[3]


  1. Bock & Bergfelder p.467
  2. "BFI | Film & TV Database | HEART'S DESIRE (1935)". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  3. ""HEART'S DESIRE."". 18 November 1935. p. 6 via Trove.


  • Bock, Hans-Michael & Bergfelder, Tim. The Concise Cinegraph: Encyclopaedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books, 2009.

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