7.2/10
4,256
72 user 38 critic

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 »
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Possessed (1931)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An ambitious factory girl meets a handsome, wealthy lawyer, but he's interested in her as a mistress, not a wife.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Wallace Ford
Sudden Fear (1952)
Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After an ambitious actor insinuates himself into the life of a wealthy middle-aged playwright and marries her, he plots with his mistress to murder her.

Director: David Miller
Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Grahame
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A New York socialite climbs the ladder of success man by man until a life among rich gangsters gives her what she thought she always wanted.

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Joan Crawford, David Brian, Steve Cochran
Humoresque (1946)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A classical musician from the slums is sidetracked by his love for a wealthy, neurotic socialite.

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Joan Crawford, John Garfield, Oscar Levant
Daisy Kenyon (1947)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A commercial artist having an affair with a married attorney becomes involved with a returning soldier and must choose between the two.

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Joan Crawford, Dana Andrews, Henry Fonda
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Moving into a beach house involves Lynn Markham in mystery, danger, and romance with a beach boy of dubious motives.

Director: Joseph Pevney
Stars: Joan Crawford, Jeff Chandler, Jan Sterling
Queen Bee (1955)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young woman arrives at the home of her socialite cousin, and soon finds herself sucked into the woman's complex web of deceit.

Director: Ranald MacDougall
Stars: Joan Crawford, Barry Sullivan, Betsy Palmer
Autumn Leaves (1956)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Millicent Wetherby is a middle-aged woman whose life is devoid of love and affection. Millicent's solitary existence changes when she encounters Burt Hansen a charismatic younger man. As ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Joan Crawford, Cliff Robertson, Vera Miles
Flamingo Road (1949)
Drama | Film-Noir | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A small town corrupt sheriff manipulates local candidates to the state legislature but he eventually comes into conflict with a visiting carnival dancer.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott, Sydney Greenstreet
Harriet Craig (1950)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Domineering Harriet Craig holds more regard for her home and its possessions than she does for any person in her life. Among those she treats like household objects are her kind husband ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Joan Crawford, Wendell Corey, Lucile Watson
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott
Sadie McKee (1934)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A working girl's fortunes improve when she marries into money, but happiness is not so easily won.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Joan Crawford, Gene Raymond, Franchot Tone
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Crawford ... Louise Howell Graham
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 ... 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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

You'll be possessed by the thrill of "Possessed". See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Secret See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$2,592,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

When Louise and Dean grab the stair banister of their townhouse on their return from the lake house, the banister shakes much more than such a solid looking structure would in reality. See more »

Quotes

Louise Howell: [on meeting again after long separation] Aren't you going to kiss me?
David Sutton: I had no plans one way or the other.
Louise Howell: All right, then. Go ahead and kiss me. You don't have to mean it.
[he gives her the briefest peck]
Louise Howell: I didn't expect you to mean it that little.
David Sutton: When a woman kisses me, Louise, she has to take pot luck.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Outrageous! (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Kaiserwalzer (Emperor Waltz), Op. 437
Music by Johann Strauss
Played at the wedding reception
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Crawford slowly goes insane
6 March 2004 | by kyle_furrSee all my reviews

This movie has nothing to do with the 1931 version that also Joan Crawford. It's more along the lines of The Snake Pit. It stars out with Joan Crawford walking the streets in a trance-like state and she keeps on repeating the name David. She's sent to the mental ward at the hospital and the movie goes in flashback to show how she ended up like this. The flashback stars with Joan Crawford wanting to marry Van Heflin but he just wants to break the relationship off. She never gets over it and goes to work as a nurse taking care of Raymond Massey's wife. Pretty soon, they find his wife's body in the lake but they don't know if it was an accident or suicide. Raymond Massey asks Crawford to marry him but she's still in love with Heflin, who is working with Massey. She agrees but Massey's daughter doesn't like her and she slowly stars to go insane. I guess this is one of the first movies that deals with mental illness.


12 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 72 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed