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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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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 ...
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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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Trivia

Edgar Selwyn's play, "The Mirage", opened in New York on 30 September 1920. See more »

Quotes

Wally: ...so you'd better listen. There's only one way for a girl to get along in this town, and that's with a man - a rich man to help her, but she must keep a cool head. When you meet a man, never look him in the eye.
Marian Martin, aka Mrs. Moreland: No?
Wally: No. Take a peek at the pocket book.
[She glances at his right pocket]
Wally: . No, wrong number. And one other thing before you go' Find out all you can about them and never tell them anuthing. Men like to think they're Christopher Columbus discovering America.
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Referenced in The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980) See more »

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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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Possessed (1931) **1/2
21 September 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I came by this movie when someone I know at work gave me a still-sealed copy from the Warner Archive Collection; they'd sent him two of the same title by mistake. Since it was Clark Gable and Joan Crawford I decided I'd give it a chance. Joan plays a factory worker who gets tired of the hum-drum life she leads and isn't interested in the man who's longed to marry her since they were kids (Wallace Ford) so she leaves it all and travels to New York City where she plays mistress to a wealthy lawyer (Gable) to get the kind of high living she wants. Three years later, Ford still wants to marry her, and Gable intends to run for Governor but his chances may be jeopardized by living with a woman.

This pre-code film was nothing earth shattering, but had good performances from Crawford and Gable, and for me an added surprise bonus with a strong turn by Wallace Ford. I think through this movie it's easy to see Crawford's talents and how Gable was destined to become a big star. Director Clarence Brown has a nice touch, and some shots are very impressive. The one which stood out most for me is early on where Joan longingly observes well-to-do people interacting on a slow-moving train, as we see them through the windows of each passing car. When I see artistic flourishes like this in so many early '30s pictures (and many silents), my old defense of Tod Browning's Dracula for being dull due to it being an early talkie certainly falls flat.


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