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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
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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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the romance of a gallant lady who lived a lie to comfort the man she married and to protect the man she loved! (Print Ad- Nashua Telegraph,((Nashua NH)) 17 September 1934) See more »


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This film's television premiere took place in Chicago Tuesday 4 June 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by Los Angeles Friday 7 June 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Philadelphia 2 July 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New Haven CT 16 July 1957 on WNHC (Channel 18), in Altoona PA 30 July 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Binghamton NY 8 August 1957 on WNBF (Channel 12), in Miami 11 September 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7), in both Syracuse and Seattle 3 October 1957 on WHEN (Channel 8) and on KING (Channel 5), in Baltimore 10 October 1957 on WJZ (Channel 13), in Portland OR 11 October 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Cleveland 8 November 1957 on KYW (Channel 3), in San Antonio 12 November 1957 on WOAI (Channel 4), in Akron 20 November 1957 on WAKR (Channel 49), in Phoenix 28 November 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Honolulu 1 January 1958 on KHVH (Channel 13), and, finally, in New York City 29 June 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Minneapolis 29 July 1958 on WTCN (Channel 11), and in San Francisco 7 April 1960 on KGO (Channel 7). 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 »


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 »


Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
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Crawford's Back in Gable's Arms
15 May 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Beautiful secretary Joan Crawford (as Diane Lovering) enjoys both working and sleeping with the boss, Otto Kruger (as Richard I. Field). Mr. Kruger wants to marry his willing mistress, but the wife refuses to grant him a divorce. To console a disappointed Ms. Crawford, Kruger sends her on a luxury cruise. On the ship, Crawford spurns "hot and bothered" Stuart Erwin (as John "Johnnie" L. Smith) at the bar, intending to be faithful. Then, she meets sexy rancher businessman Clark Gable (as Michael "Mike" Bradley)...

Will Crawford stay "Chained" to Kruger, or fall in love with Gable?

This is an MGM box office star power production, with Crawford and Gable doing what they do best. "When she's in his arms, it's the grandest thrill the screen can give!" Not quite, but director Clarence Brown and cameraman George Folsey handle the performers very well; the combination showed Crawford in her best light. Highlights include a fast stroll aboard ship, and a shimmering swimming pool sequence. The later includes young Mickey Rooney and pal Delmar Watson cavorting with Gable and Crawford.

****** Chained (8/31/34) Clarence Brown ~ Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Otto Kruger, Stuart Erwin

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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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