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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.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

John Lee Mahin, Edgar Selwyn (story)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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When she's in his arms, it's the grandest thrill the screen can give!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sacred and Profane Love See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Crawford met her biological father only once when he visited her on the set of Chained (1934). She would never see him again. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

John L. 'Johnnie' Smith: [Referring to Diane's fifkleness and mercenary] They're all alike, aren't they?
Michael 'Mike' Bradley: [Cynically] Yeah, only some aren't so frank about the class of business they're in.
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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #6.31 (1956) See more »

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Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
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Not great, but still a good film to watch!
15 February 2001 | by gerry-russell-139See all my reviews

Even if you took out the typical yet entertaining love triangle between Gable, Crawford and Otto Kruger, you'd still have a film that offers fun each time you see it. Personally, I'd never miss a film with Gable playing the tall-dark-and-handsome heartthrob who gets the girl in the end... his natural talent for the quick-witted quips was (and still is) what attracts us men to him and his manly, muscular physique to our women. Isn't he what all of us guys want to emmulate?! Crawford, although I hate her with a passion, is an actress who I can't deny has a great flair for acting. And when it comes right down to it, how can anyone hope that Kruger would win over a man as perfect as Gable? It's the typical boy-gets-girl, happily-ever-after ending that was so popular in the thirties that audiences ate up and some still do today. It's a cute little farce worth watching every once in a while.


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