Stronger Than Desire

Stronger Than Desire is a 1939 American drama film directed by Leslie Fenton.

Stronger Than Desire
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Directed byLeslie Fenton
Written byDavid Hertz
William Ludwig
Based onremake of 1932 film Evelyn Prentice
StarringVirginia Bruce
Walter Pidgeon
Ann Dvorak
Ann E. Todd
Music byDavid Snell
CinematographyWilliam H. Daniels
Edited byW. Donn Hayes
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
CountryUnited States
Box office$423,000[1]


Believing her husband Tyler has been seeing another woman, Barbara Winter, behind her back, Elizabeth Flagg begins a relationship with Michael McLain, who then blackmails her with her love letters. During a struggle for the letters, a gun goes off, McLain falls and Elizabeth flees. But police find McLain's wife, Eva, near the body and charge her with murder.

With a guilty conscience, Elizabeth asks her husband, a lawyer, to defend Eva in court. He endeavors to prove someone else did the shooting, unaware his own wife was directly involved. Eva eventually confesses, but is set free when it is determined that she acted in self-defense.



According to MGM records the film earned $263,000 in the US and Canada and $160,000 elsewhere, making a profit of $1,000.[1]


  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.

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