All I Desire (1953)

All I Desire (1953), directed by Douglas Sirk.

A minor costume melodrama set around 1910. Years after deserting her husband and children, tough vaudevillian Barbara Stanwyck returns to Riverside WI to see them again. Some love her, others not. She has a chance for happiness but old ghosts can still ruin all of their lives.

Not very weepie. Stanwyck dominates her scenes; those without her are pretty ordinary. The IMDB 7.0 rating is generous.

Spot young Guy Williams and Stuart Whitman. Billy Gray must have been the hardest working child actor of that era.

Sirk's There's Always Tomorrow (1956), also with Stanwyck, is on the same disc.