Desire Under the Elms (1958)
The 1958 Paramount Pictures film "Desire Under the Elms" shows some US twenty dollar gold
"Double Eagle" coins.
an old New England farmer, Sophia Loren as Anna Cabot, his much younger Italian wife,
and Anthony Perkins as his son Eben Cabot.
In the play and in the film, the father buried the coins several years before 1850 and
later his son Eben digs them up without his permission.
1. Ephriam Cabot lifting rock over his cache
Ephriam Cabot is a 70-year old man who has been married twice and three sons, two from his first wife,
and Eben from his second wife.
The coins are later described as "twenty-dollar gold pieces".
to pay his two older brothers for their share of the farm.
The two brothers take the money and head to California to join the "Gold Rush".
Anna and Eben start an affair which produces a child, which Ephriam thinks is his.
The film ends tragically after Anna kills the child and both lovers decide to take the blame.
2. Eben's mother and Eben watch
3. Ephriam and his sons working hard on the rocky farm
4. Ephriam holding "twenty-dollar gold pieces"
The prop coins appear to be copper-nickel tokens of some kind, the number "20" appears on them.
5. Closeup of the prop coins
6. Eben buying out his older brothers
7. Eben meets Anna
Sophia Loren as Anna Cabot
Anthony Perkins as Eben Cabot
Burl Ives as Ephriam Cabot
Writers: Irwin Shaw, Eugene O'Neill (play)