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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.

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(from the play by: "The Mirage"), (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Marian Martin
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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
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

21 November 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Verkaufte Liebe  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The short films Trader Hound (1931) and I Love a Lassie (1931) played before this film in some theaters during its original theatrical run. See more »

Quotes

Marian Martin, aka Mrs. Moreland: Well, I just thought you could give me some advice.
Wally: The East River is full of girls who took advice from men like me.
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Connections

Edited into Visions of Light (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played by a band at the start of electioneering scenes
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Joan sings, dances, and gets slapped by Gable
18 August 2002 | by (Corrales, NM) – See all my reviews

Excellent soaper with a Joan Crawford billed above the soon-to-be superstar Clark Gable. The possibility of upward mobility afforded to women, especially at this time during the Great Depression, remains a theme of interest today. Women can play on men and get upward mobility but there is often a price to be paid -- and Joan pays it in this movie.

Excellent photography makes the best of the stars and Adrian's dressing of Joan. Notable train sequence in beginning of film has the poor Joan facing the possibility of the good life if she is willing to defy convention and joint those "inside the car." Gable teaches her how to act and she becomes a refined, but kept, woman. He refuses to marry her for all the "right" reasons but in the end, Joan is affected by society's opinion of women in her station.

Grandstand speech sequence at the end of the film is a bit too unbelievable but my wife was moved to tears when she saw it. One of Joan's better films. Recommended.


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