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Possessed (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 21 November 1931 (USA)
An ambitious factory girl meets a handsome, wealthy lawyer, but he's interested in her as a mistress, not a wife.

Director:

Clarence Brown (uncredited)

Writers:

Edgar Selwyn (play), Lenore J. Coffee (adaptation) (as Lenore Coffee) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Marian Martin
Clark Gable ... Mark Whitney
Wallace Ford ... Al Manning
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Wally Stuart (as Skeets Gallagher)
Frank Conroy ... Horace Travers
Marjorie White ... Vernice LaVerne
John Miljan ... John Driscoll
Clara Blandick ... Mother Martin
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Storyline

Marion is a factory worker who hopes to trade the assembly line, for a beautiful penthouse apartment. Mark Whitney, a wealthy and influential lawyer can make her dreams come true, but there is only one problem, he will give her everything but a marriage proposal. Will this affair ever lead to marriage? Written by Kelly

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

21 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mirage See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Charlotte Greenwood was signed as a cast member, but she was not seen in the movie. News items mentioned several performers during production, but some did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These include Florence Lake, Virginia Sale and Francis Ford. See more »

Quotes

Marian Martin, aka Mrs. Moreland: Regret? I left school when I was only 12... never learned how to spell "regret."
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Featured in The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played by a band at the start of electioneering scenes
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Mature pre-code Hollywood drama
30 April 2000 | by Jim WestSee all my reviews

This movie goes to prove that pre-code Hollywood was much more mature and knew how to make movies of good taste on socially relevant issues. The theme of the woman who lives as a 'mistress' of the man she loves because he prefers not to get married was very daring in those days. The social background was also cleverly handled. One scene is particularly impressive and intelligent: when J. Crawford, just about to cross a railroad, stops to wait a train go slowly by and, through each window that passes, she has a glimpse of how the other half lives, just as though she were watching a movie. A visually very inspired moment.


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