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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Geraldine Brooks ...
Stanley Ridges ...
Dr. Harvey Willard
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

Crawford spent time in actual psychiatric wards, observing mental patients as research for this role. She was subsequently named in a small lawsuit when a female patient sued her for observing her without her written permission. The suit was later dropped. See more »

Goofs

David is talking about mathematics to Louise, shows her a drawing of a parabola, and then claims that the Army wasn't interested in it. This statement is incorrect; parabolas describe the trajectory of artillery shells and the military relies heavily upon them to properly aim artillery. See more »

Quotes

Louise: I can be very objectionable.
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Connections

Referenced in Night Life in Chicago (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Kaiserwalzer (Emperor Waltz), Op. 437
Music by Johann Strauß
Played at the wedding reception
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Crawford slowly goes insane
6 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie has nothing to do with the 1931 version that also Joan Crawford. It's more along the lines of The Snake Pit. It stars out with Joan Crawford walking the streets in a trance-like state and she keeps on repeating the name David. She's sent to the mental ward at the hospital and the movie goes in flashback to show how she ended up like this. The flashback stars with Joan Crawford wanting to marry Van Heflin but he just wants to break the relationship off. She never gets over it and goes to work as a nurse taking care of Raymond Massey's wife. Pretty soon, they find his wife's body in the lake but they don't know if it was an accident or suicide. Raymond Massey asks Crawford to marry him but she's still in love with Heflin, who is working with Massey. She agrees but Massey's daughter doesn't like her and she slowly stars to go insane. I guess this is one of the first movies that deals with mental illness.


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