Gloria Grahame in Human Desire is a woman thrust into the Femme Fatale role by her boorish husband played by Broderick Crawford. He's an older man (there is a lot of discussion about older men with younger women in this picture) that is prone to temper tantrums, heavy drinking and jealous outbursts when it comes to his much younger wife. She's a seemingly vulnerable, sexy woman who is trapped in a thankless marriage with a man who physically and verbally abuses her as well as anyone who comes between them. As we will soon find out it is his actions that inadvertently thrusts her into the arms of good guy Glenn Ford.
|Gloria Grahame shows Broderick Crawford - and more importantly us - a whole lot of leg|
|Gloria Grahame's sweater is working its magic on Glenn Ford|
Grahame is going to need to flash more than some leg to get Ford to pull off her dirty deeds for her. Ford has a younger woman literally throwing herself at him from the moment she lays eyes on him (again, older man, younger woman dynamics at play here) yet he doesn't seem to clue into this at all. So what does Grahame do to lure him in completely? She happily pulls down her top to show bruises on her shoulder from a beating that Crawford gave her earlier, promoting herself as a 'damsel in distress' (which she is) and Ford is hooked. Grahame has this way of portraying vulnerability that is hard to resist, and we want her to be with Ford even though she is a married woman and it will mean trouble for Ford.
|Broderick Crawford, Gloria Grahame and Glenn Ford|
|Gloria Grahame drives Broderick Crawford insane with jealousy|
|Gloria Grahame and Glenn Ford's not-so-secret secret affair|
|Gloria Grahame and Glenn Ford take their relationship to the next level|