Fools of Desire (1941)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 55 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Fools of Desire is a tacky but entertaining "exploitationer", originally filmed in 1938 or thereabouts as It's All in Your Mind. In his only starring film role, Byron Foulger plays milquetoast Wilbur Crane, driven from his home and hearth by his battleaxe wife Martha (Betty Roadman). Desperate to prove his manhood, Wilbur has a one-night affair with brassy blonde Dorothy (Constance Bergen). Alas, our hero has fallen victim to a shakedown scheme, cooked up by Dorothy and her sleazy blackmailer boyfriend Danny (Lynton Brent). Considered pretty racy stuff back in 1941, Fools of Desire is about as sexy as a pair of gym shoes when seen today; its sole redeeming factor is the virtuoso performance of Byron Foulger, one of Hollywood's most reliable character actors.

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extramarital-affair, husband, spouse