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Possessed (1947)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  26 July 1947 (USA)
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After being found wandering the streets of Los Angeles, a severely catatonic woman tells a doctor the complex story of how she wound up there.

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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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Storyline

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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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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

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

David Sutton: I seldom hit a woman Louise, but if you don't stop this I'll end up kicking babies!
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Soundtracks

Carnaval, Opus 9
by Robert Schumann
Played on a piano by Van Heflin (dubbed by Jakob Gimpel)
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Dramatic and slightly scary...Crawford is great
4 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Possessed (1947)

A taut, brilliant look at insanity coming out of obsessive love, and Joan Crawford plays it with enough perfection you wonder what kind of madness she had experienced herself first. (Ask her daughter, I suppose.) This kind of melodrama would easily topple into campy excess, or just incompetence, but there isn't a shred of silliness or overseriousness. It's convincing and dramatic in turns. Van Heflin plays a great, humorous, diffident type, not a cad, but a likable and unflappable libertine. The rest of the cast supports, the photography is first rate, music and plot and even the structure of all the flashbacks work quickly. It's an elegant film, a surprise, and something to see.


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