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Possessed (1931)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  21 November 1931 (USA)
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Ambitious factory Girl Marion Martin meets a handsome well-to-do, but he's interested in her as a mistress, not a wife.




(from the play by: "The Mirage"), (adaptation)
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Complete credited cast:
Marian Martin
Mark Whitney
Wallace Ford ...
Al Manning
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ...
Wally Stuart (as Skeets Gallagher)
Frank Conroy ...
Horace Travers
Marjorie White ...
Vernice LaVerne
John Miljan ...
John Driscoll
Clara Blandick ...
Marian's Mother


Marion is a factory worker who hopes to trade the assembly line, for a beautiful penthouse apartment. Mark Whitney, a wealthy and influential lawyer can make her dreams come true, but there is only one problem, he will give her everything but a marriage proposal. Will this affair ever lead to marriage? Written by Kelly

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Drama | Romance


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21 November 1931 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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Charlotte Greenwood was signed as a cast member, but she was not seen in the movie. News items mentioned several performers during production, but some did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These include Florence Lake, Virginia Sale and Francis Ford. See more »


Wally: [From the train] Have a drink?
[Marian begins to leave]
Wally: Aw, don't go away. Looking out? Wrong Way! Get in and look out.
Marian Martin, aka Mrs. Moreland: [There is a gate blocking access to the train steps] Get in where? Oh, here?
Wally: Oh, anywhere... just in. Only rwo kinds of people... the ones in and the ones out.
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Little Annie Rooney
(1890) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Michael Nolan
Sung a cappella by Wallace Ford on the carousel
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Solid pre-Code, with a couple of baffling quirks
3 September 2013 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Nobody wrote better screen soap operas than Lenore Coffee, and she introduces some surprisingly modern notions of being-a-kept-woman in this pre-Code star vehicle for Joan Crawford, in her ambitious-gal-from-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks phase. To escape the numbing mediocrity of her small-town box factory and unappealing suitor (Wallace Ford), she decamps to the Big Apple and soon meets up-and-coming lawyer-politician Clark Gable. Gable was 30 and unpolished, and isn't quite convincing as a man about town still smarting from a disastrous first marriage; ten years later he'd have been ideal. The camera loves Crawford, and Coffee is refreshingly nonjudgmental about the affair the pair pursues, though a couple of odd quirks pop up in its telling. To steer gossips away, the pair pretends she's a widow, which seems not only unnecessary but pointless; how is this going to throw anyone off their scent? And though she's clearly a kept woman, when old boyfriend Ford visits her and learns The Truth, she assures him there's nothing dirty going on; either she's lying or this is a very peculiar mistress relationship. It's swift and breezy with terse dialog, and though the 11th-hour plot turnabout is as unconvincing as every commenter says it is, one is entertained up to the end.

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