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Possessed (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 26 July 1947 (USA)
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.

Director:

Curtis Bernhardt

Writers:

Silvia Richards (screenplay), Ranald MacDougall (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Crawford ... Louise Howell
Van Heflin ... David Sutton
Raymond Massey ... Dean Graham
Geraldine Brooks ... Carol Graham
Stanley Ridges ... Dr. Harvey Willard
John Ridgely ... Harker
Moroni Olsen ... Dr. Ames
Erskine Sanford ... Dr. Max Sherman
Peter Miles Peter Miles ... Wynn Graham (as Gerald Perreau)
Jakob Gimpel Jakob Gimpel ... Pianist (as Jacob Gimpel)
Isabel Withers Isabel Withers ... Nurse Rosen
Lisa Golm ... Elsie
Douglas Kennedy ... Asst. District Attorney
Monte Blue ... Norris
Don McGuire ... Dr. Craig
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Storyline

A woman wanders the streets of Los Angeles in some sort of emotional distress. She is also under some delusion as she approaches many men, strangers who she calls "David". Eventually, an ambulance is called, the attendants who take her to the hospital, where she is eventually placed in the psychiatric ward. Placing her under some medication to help her remember, Dr. Harvey Willard, the psychiatrist on duty, is able to get some semblance of a story out of her over the ensuing days. This phase of her life begins just over a year ago when she, single RN Louise Howell, is under the employ of wealthy Dean Graham to take care of his chronically ill and largely bedridden wife, Pauline Graham, at their lake house outside of Washington, DC. Due to her circumstances, Pauline believes that Dean and Louise are carrying on an affair behind her back. Louise can see that Dean does have feelings for her that way in his loneliness. The "David" in question is David Sutton, a civil engineer who lives ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

"I've done things I'm ashamed of... but this isn't one of them!" See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Secret See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,592,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,987,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,085,000
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film grossed more than $3M worldwide. See more »

Goofs

When Louise and Carol are at the piano recital, David and his friends can be seen in the distant background approaching their seats. When it cuts to a medium shot of David, they are approaching their seats for a second time. See more »

Quotes

Carol Graham: [arriving at the bar where David has obviously had a few drinks already] Hello. I'm not late, am I?
David Sutton: No. I just came early so I could get in few practice swings.
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Connections

Edited into The Time That Remains (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Kaiserwalzer (Emperor Waltz), Op. 437
Music by Johann Strauss
Played at the wedding reception
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Impressive performance by mentally ill (?) Crawford
10 August 2015 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

Several doctors in this film speculate that Ms. Crawford's character might be suffering from mental illness. Are they right or wrong? This is a big question to be answered in "Possessed" because it seems that somebody here could be BERSERK and might even be a candidate for a STRAIGHTJACKET!

I am a little disappointed that there isn't as much plot-based drama in this film as in MILDRED PIERCE. Mildred Pierce has drama consistently built into the plot whereas this film has a lot of Crawford engaging in dramatics and neuroses rather than more active drama. However this is a more psychologically oriented film (not a noir) and Crawford's acting is believable and solid. Raymond Massey does a good job in the Walter Pidgeon role (or is it Walter Pidgeon in the Raymond Massey role?) You also get a polished jewel of a performance by Stanley Ridges.

Basically a soap opera with a well-done psychology theme, "Possessed" will probably hold your attention due to Crawford's excellent performance. This film is an impressive accomplishment for her.


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