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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Louise Howell
... David Sutton
... Dean Graham
... Carol Graham
... Dr. Harvey Willard
... Harker
... Dr. Ames
... Dr. Max Sherman
Peter Miles ... Wynn Graham (as Gerald Perreau)
Jakob Gimpel ... Pianist (as Jacob Gimpel)
Isabel Withers ... Nurse Rosen
Lisa Golm ... Elsie
... Asst. District Attorney
... Norris
... 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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In all your life you've seen no portrayals to match the thrill of the unquenchable love of Joan Crawford for Van Heflin in "Possessed". See more »


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26 July 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

One Man's Secret  »

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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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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to a studio press release from April 1944 Ida Lupino, Paul Lukas, and Sydney Greenstreet were to star in this film. 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

David Sutton: [upon meeting Carol again who he last saw when she was a bratty 11-year-old girl, but is now a shapely 20-year-old woman] Let me look at you. Mm-hmm. Well, you... you haven't grown very much, but... then again, you have.
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Connections

Featured in Kisses (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Kaiserwalzer (Emperor Waltz), Op. 437
Music by Johann Strauss
Played at the wedding reception
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Dramatic and slightly scary...Crawford is great
4 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

Possessed (1947)

A taut, brilliant look at insanity coming out of obsessive love, and Joan Crawford plays it with enough perfection you wonder what kind of madness she had experienced herself first. (Ask her daughter, I suppose.) This kind of melodrama would easily topple into campy excess, or just incompetence, but there isn't a shred of silliness or overseriousness. It's convincing and dramatic in turns. Van Heflin plays a great, humorous, diffident type, not a cad, but a likable and unflappable libertine. The rest of the cast supports, the photography is first rate, music and plot and even the structure of all the flashbacks work quickly. It's an elegant film, a surprise, and something to see.


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