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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine Brooks ...
Stanley Ridges ...
John Ridgely ...
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 ...
Douglas Kennedy ...
Asst. District Attorney
Monte Blue ...
Don McGuire ...
Dr. Craig


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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Release Date:

26 July 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Secret  »

Box Office


$2,592,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The hospital that the ambulance pulls into appears to be the Los Angeles County, USC Medical Center at 1200 N. State St., Los Angeles, CA.. See more »


When Louise is brought into the hospital, Dr Willard examines her and says to another doctor that she's "beautiful, intelligent, and frustrated". However, she's in a coma so he has no way of knowing if she's intelligent or frustrated. See more »


Louise: You're not going to marry her. You're not good enough for her.
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Carnaval, Opus 9
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Played on a piano by Van Heflin (dubbed by Jakob Gimpel)
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excellent movie; gets better every time you watch it.
25 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

i love this movie. it's classic film-noir. the storyline is superb. all of the characters are compelling to watch. Joan Crawford truly does an excellent job in the role. there is a darkness in many of the scenes that adds to the feel of the movie;you feel as if you're right there on the scene. Joan's performance was academy-award worthy.the movie gives you the feel of the 1940's...the dress, the furniture, the cars; even the hospital-medical atmosphere and thinking of the times. the architecture of the homes and waterfront cabin speak of a time when things were built with detail, style, and authentic woods. the movie totally takes you back in time, and i know i can watch it again and again.this movie should always be kept available. as good a performance as Mildred pierce; in the film-noir aspect possessed exceeds Mildred pierce; for film-noir, story and acting it get,s a 10! you just have to believe that she eventually recovers from her illness and goes on happily married to that gem of a husband she had.

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