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Writers:
Edgar Selwyn (from the play "The Mirage" by)
Lenore J. Coffee (adaptation)
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Release Date:
21 November 1931 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The Forgotten: Brown's Requiem
 (From MUBI. 9 October 2009, 9:38 PM, PDT)

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Rather great stuff, if you can find a watchable copy...natural and warm See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Crawford ... Marian

Clark Gable ... Mark Whitney
Wallace Ford ... Al Manning
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Wally (as Skeets Gallagher)
Frank Conroy ... Travers
Marjorie White ... Vernice
John Miljan ... John Driscoll
Clara Blandick ... Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Ainsley ... Ambrose - Wally's Butler (uncredited)
Jack Baxley ... 'League of Nations' Heckler (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... 'Answer That One' Heckler (uncredited)
Clarence Brown ... Man on Merry-Go-Round (uncredited)
André Cheron ... Monsieur Lavell - Party Guest (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Signor Martini - Party Guest (uncredited)
Phyllis Crane ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... Waiter (uncredited)
Florence Enright ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Fred Malatesta ... Party Waiter (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... French Waiter (uncredited)
Wilfred Noy ... Bertram - Mark's Butler (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... 'Parole for Convicts' Heckler (uncredited)
Ruth Renick ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Joan Standing ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Barbara Tennant ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Wilhelm von Brincken ... Baron von Bergen - Party Guest (uncredited)
Walter Walker ... Whitney for Governor Supporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Clarence Brown (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Edgar Selwyn (from the play "The Mirage" by)

Lenore J. Coffee (adaptation) (as Lenore Coffee)

Lenore J. Coffee (dialogue continuity) (as Lenore Coffee)

Produced by
Clarence Brown .... producer
Harry Rapf .... producer (uncredited)
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Charles Maxwell (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Oliver T. Marsh (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
William LeVanway (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Dorian .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Anstruther MacDonald .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Samuel Cohen .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Eddie Fitzgerald .... second camera (uncredited)
Jack Griffin .... head grip (uncredited)
George Hurrell Sr. .... still photographer (uncredited)
S.C. Manatt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Kyme Meade .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ted Wurtenberg .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
William Axt .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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76 min
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1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1994) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Rather great stuff, if you can find a watchable copy...natural and warm, 2 May 2014
Author: secondtake from United States

Possessed (1931)

A wonderful Joan Crawford film not to be confused with her second, completely unrelated, also wonderful movie of the same title (yes) from 1947. This one, to be sure, also stars Clark Gable, and it dates from the years when Gable and Crawford had an intermittent, steamy affair. The chemistry is good, the filming excellent (and sometimes breathtaking), and the overall story a lively pre-code, Depression-era tale of succeeding.

But success at what cost? That's the key. You love Crawford's rise, and her methods are sincere even if not as sweet and homespun as the first scene would imply. It's not that she's corrupted, but that she discovers the excitement of the big city, and the truth that there really is sincerity there as much as in the little town she came from.

Gable represents every girl's dream, of course. He's suave, warm, funny. And rich. Their interactions are natural throughout, and the pace lively (as most of the famous pre-Code films are).

The filming is excellent, including a somewhat famous long take of Crawford, near the beginning, watching a train slowly amble by as a parade of different scenes unfolds through each window. It's worth seeing just for that scene alone (if you like great cinematography, and the aura of old Hollywood).

Clarence Brown is the uncredited (!) director here, and he's terrific. See "A Free Soul" made at the same time for another (even better) film showing off his ability to make dialogs crisp and true. (He's more famous for his many movies with Garbo, but he did a slew with Crawford.)

If you think there is a predictability here, you're going to be partly wrong. See this one, not because it's a classic, but because it's very very good, and forgotten. You will have trouble finding a good version, however. The one I found was on iTunes and it was so terrible (harsh tones, highlights so washed out you couldn't see their faces in many scenes) I don't recommend it. (I wrote to complain and got a quick refund, an apology, and a promise to look into it. I don't know if that fixed the problem, however, in Spring 2014.) Anyway, find a good copy somehow. Do it.

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