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Chained (1934)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 31 August 1934 (USA)
A mistress of one man has a shipboard romance with another and is torn between both men.


Clarence Brown


John Lee Mahin (screenplay), Edgar Selwyn (story)




Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Diane Lovering
Clark Gable ... Michael 'Mike' Bradley
Otto Kruger ... Richard I. Field
Stuart Erwin ... John L. 'Johnnie' Smith
Una O'Connor ... Amy, Diane's Maid
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Louise Fields
Akim Tamiroff ... Pablo, the Ranch Chef


Richard Field is a successful businessman who has become romantically involved with younger employee Diane Lovering, but he is unable to persuade his grasping wife to grant him a divorce out of his dysfunctional marriage. Diane meets dashing rancher Mike Bradley through his wise-cracking pal Johnnie on a South American ocean voyage, and they begin a shipboard romance that carries over to his Argentinian ranch. Diane decides to return to New York and tell Richard in person that she intends to marry Mike Bradley. When Diane gets there Richard surprises her with a wedding ring and the morning newspaper citing Mrs. Field is in Reno obtaining a divorce. Richard had to agree not only to a large monetary settlement but was forbidden to see his sons. Diane didn't have the heart to tell Richard about Mike and decides to marry him. Diane writes a "Dear John letter" to Mike explaining a calculated mercenary decision that she prefers the position and financial status that Field's can offer her ... Written by duke1029@aol.com

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"Chained" will bring a smile to your lips and a tear to your eye! (Print Ad-Greenfield Daily Recorder-Gazette, ((Greenfield, Mass.)) 13 November 1934) See more »


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While shooting the long dialogue scenes between their characters, Joan Crawford and Clark Gable improvised their own lines, many of which Clarence Brown kept in the final cut of the film. See more »


In the opening scene, Joan Crawford's character, Diane Lovering, is shown sitting in the back of an open-cockpit racing boat, racing across New York harbor for an extended period. We see her get splashed and sprayed on from all different directions. Yet a moment later when the boat docks and Diane steps out, she is completely dry - not a drop of water anywhere on her, and her hair and clothing are perfectly neat. See more »


Michael 'Mike' Bradley: How about some lunch?
Diane Lovering: I could eat a horse.
Michael 'Mike' Bradley: I wish you would.
John L. 'Johnnie' Smith: Well, if he's got anything to do with the ordering, you'll probably get mule meat.
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[Heard during Akim Tamiroff's kitchen scene]
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The basic love triangle is given star treatment and the stars are fun to watch.
4 November 1998 | by Art-22See all my reviews

The love triangle was and is a popular movie theme, so when Clark Gable and Joan Crawford are part of it, you can expect some good entertainment. They have very good chemistry together, perhaps because they were reportedly lovers offscreen. The third leg of the triangle is suave Otto Kruger, who never gives a bad performance, and there is also Gable's best friend, Stuart Erwin, who is there mostly for comic relief. I enjoyed the shipboard romance, which was neatly combined with some comedy, and included scenes with a young Mickey Rooney before his Andy Hardy days. I was surprised at the ending, which seemed to go against the Code.

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Release Date:

31 August 1934 (USA) See more »

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Sacred and Profane Love See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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