Human Desire is based on the Emile Zola novel La Bete Humaine, but with the locale shifted to Oklahoma. Broderick Crawford is Carl Buckley, a railroad worker with a dangerous temper.
In a jealous rage, he kills a man he suspects of having an affair with his wife, Vicki (Gloria Grahame). Jeff Warren (Glenn Ford) knows that Vicki was present at the murder scene but chooses not to share this information with the police. The seductive Vicki is soon in an affair with Jeff and trying to convince him to do away with her violent husband.
With Human Desire, director Fritz Lang reunited his starring cast – Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame – from The Big Heat, released just the year before.
A film noir shot with gritty penumbras.
Cast: Gloria Grahame, Glenn Ford, Broderick Crawford, Edgar Buchanan, Kathleen Case, Diane DeLaire, Peggy Maley,
Director: Fritz Lang
Producer: Lewis J. Rachmil
Director of Photography: Burnett Guffey
Editor: William Lyon
Composer: Daniele Amfitheatrof
Screenwriter: Alfred Hayes
Art Director: Robert Peterson
USA / Columbia / 90 minutes / 1954