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Possessed (1947)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  26 July 1947 (USA)
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A dazed woman walks the streets of Los Angeles looking for a man named David. After collapsing in a diner, she's taken to the psychiatric ward of a nearby hospital. Flashbacks reveal her ... See full summary »

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Geraldine Brooks ...
Stanley Ridges ...
John Ridgely ...
Harker
Moroni Olsen ...
Dr. Ames
Erskine Sanford ...
Dr. Max Sherman
Peter Miles ...
Wynn Graham (as Gerald Perreau)
Jakob Gimpel ...
Pianist (as Jacob Gimpel)
Isabel Withers ...
Nurse Rosen
Lisa Golm ...
Elsie
Douglas Kennedy ...
Asst. District Attorney
Monte Blue ...
Norris
Don McGuire ...
Dr. Craig
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A dazed woman walks the streets of Los Angeles looking for a man named David. After collapsing in a diner, she's taken to the psychiatric ward of a nearby hospital. Flashbacks reveal her obsession for David as a result of borderline personality disorder which ultimately leads to murder. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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26 July 1947 (USA)  »

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$2,592,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Silvia Richards wrote the first draft of the screenplay for the film. However, in order to try and repeat the success of Mildred Pierce (1945), producer Jerry Wald hired Ranald MacDougall to do a complete rewrite. See more »

Goofs

When Louise and Carol are at the piano recital, David and his friends can be seen in the distant background taking their seats. When it cuts to a medium shot of David, they are taking their seats for a second time. See more »

Quotes

Carol Graham: How many have you had?
David Sutton: Oooh... easily!
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Featured in Possessed: The Quintessential Film Noir (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Kaiserwalzer (Emperor Waltz), Op. 437
Music by Johann Strauß
Played at the wedding reception
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Crawford excels in compelling drama
10 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before "Play Misty For Me" (1971) and "Fatal Attraction" (1987), comes this story of a nurse (Joan Crawford) who's attached to a man (Van Heflin), who eventually finds her too possessive and breaks it off, but she can not let him go. When they meet again at her employer's (Raymond Massey) residence, she wants to resume the relationship, saying its awful for a woman to lie down at night and not be able to sleep, but he still won't take her back. She eventually accepts widower Massey's marriage proposal, explaining that it's terrible for a woman to be unwanted, although she's not in love with him. Eventually, Massey's daughter Geraldine Brooks starts to date Heflin, further complicating matters, and putting Crawford over the edge. Script, photography, direction, music are exemplary, the 4 leads are memorable, but Crawford is particularly riveting. Her first breakdown (at Massey's waterfront mansion) with Heflin might be considered over-the-top 40s style acting (pre-Method), but she delivers it beautifully, her face and expressions a towering display of emotion and angst. It's a performance that Crawford must have pulled from her own life experiences to achieve such rising momentum. No wonder actor Cliff Robertson (her co-star in "Autumn Leaves - 1956) once stated in a documentary that she's "a damned good actress."


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