A remake of Jean Renoir's LA BETE HUMAINE, based on Zola's novel of the same name, HUMAN DESIRE switches the locale to Oklahoma with the background being the Rock Island Railroad. Crawford is a railroad employee in danger of losing his job because of his explosive temper. He asks his wife,
Grahame, to plead his case because she is pals with Crawford's boss, Rhodes. She hates to do it but finally relents, and Crawford gets to keep his job. But Crawford is a very jealous man and thinks that Grahame may have used more than just her wiles on Rhodes. He arranges for the two to be
together in a train compartment, then enters and kills Rhodes. Grahame had been spotted at ...