20 user 6 critic

By Love Possessed (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | 23 November 1961 (Mexico)
Neurotic woman engages in an affair with the law partner of her impotent husband.


John Sturges


Charles Schnee (screenplay) (as John Dennis), James Gould Cozzens (novel)

Watch Now

From $4.99 (SD) on Prime Video


Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After a married woman and her lover murder her cruel husband, they find themselves targeted by someone who is aware of their crime.

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Lana Turner, Anthony Quinn, Richard Basehart
Madame X (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When her lover is killed, the wife of a wealthy man is convinced to fake her own death, which leads her into greater depths of depravity until fate reunites her with her long-lost son, who is unaware of her real identity.

Director: David Lowell Rich
Stars: Lana Turner, John Forsythe, Ricardo Montalban
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A Eurasian photographer uses his women in an attempt to get American nationality.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Laurence Harvey, France Nuyen, Martha Hyer
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 an out-of-town carnival dancer.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott, Sydney Greenstreet
Sergeants 3 (1962)
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In this retelling of Gunga Din (1939) transplanted to the 1870's American West, three cavalry officers and a bugler work together to thwart a Native American chief intent on uniting local tribes against the white man.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Small town Kansas girl, Lily James, is the latest model working for the Thomas Callaway Agency in New York City. Despite her small town roots, Lily is street-wise because of her tough ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Lana Turner, Ray Milland, Tom Ewell
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A veteran homicide detective who has witnessed his socialite girlfriend kill her husband sees his inexperienced brother assigned to the case.

Director: Felix E. Feist
Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Jane Wyatt, John Dall
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The tragic life of Marie Antoinette, who became queen of France in her late teens.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Julien Duvivier
Stars: Norma Shearer, Tyrone Power, John Barrymore
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Rich playgirl Kit Jordan (nee Katherine Lawson Chandler) is in Acapulco vacationing with her current husband, Pete Jordan, formerly an American beach boy working the Acapulco shores for ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Singer
Stars: Lana Turner, Cliff Robertson, Hugh O'Brian
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A novelist aided by his future father-in-law conspires to frame himself in the murder of a stripper as part of an effort to ban capital punishment.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer
Backlash (1956)
Mystery | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jim Slater seeks a survivor of the Apache ambush his father died in.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Richard Widmark, Donna Reed, William Campbell
Paris Blues (1961)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

During the 1960s, two American expatriate jazz musicians living in Paris meet and fall in love with two American tourist girls.

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Sidney Poitier


Complete credited cast:
Lana Turner ... Marjorie Penrose
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Arthur Winner
Jason Robards ... Julius Penrose (as Jason Robards Jr.)
George Hamilton ... Warren Winner
Susan Kohner ... Helen Detweiler
Thomas Mitchell ... Noah Tuttle
Everett Sloane ... Dr. Reggie Shaw
Yvonne Craig ... Veronica Kovacs
Gilbert Green Gilbert Green ... Mr. Woolf
Frank Maxwell ... Jerry Brophy
Carroll O'Connor ... Bernie Breck
Jean Willes ... Junie McCarthy
Barbara Bel Geddes ... Clarissa Winner


Neurotic woman engages in an affair with the law partner of her impotent husband.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

affair | based on novel | See All (2) »


Don't condemn her until you know the whole story! See more »




Not Rated | See all certifications »






Release Date:

23 November 1961 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

A Posse do Amor See more »


Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Charlton Heston turned down the lead. See more »


Marjorie Penrose: You made me feel like I was an animal... before I knew I *was* one.
See more »


Referenced in Queer as Folk: Starting a Whole New Life (2004) See more »


By Love Possessed
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Lana needs some action
15 July 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

By Love Possessed is your high gloss soap opera 50s early 60s style. Had it been done at Universal it would have had Douglas Sirk directing and Rock Hudson in the lead. Here we have Efrem Zimbalist starring and John Sturges who's a bit lost in this genre directing.

Possibly Sirk passed on this one. The drama centers around the law firm in a most conservative small town. Senior partner is Thomas Mitchell who does not look well at all, possibly at the beginning of his final illness and his partners are son-in-law Zimbalist and Jason Robards. Zimbalist is your hail fellow well met and a bit stuck up Ivy League type, a bit thick in his dealings with wife Barbara Bel Geddes and son George Hamilton.

As for Robards he's married to Lana Turner, but he's not been up to that challenge recently. This was still the era of the Omnipresent Code and impotence and its causes are not spoken of by polite movie characters. Turner turns to Zimbalist for some action.

Young Hamilton repeats his sensitive youth character from his role in Home From The Hill in the previous year. He's got good, but neurotic girl Susan Kohner on the string, but his hormones cry out for the town teen tramp Yvonne Craig. She and her mother Claire Carleton are the ones you really remember from this film, their performances have some real bite to them.

Efrem Zimbalist was starring in 77 Sunset Strip at the time at Warner Brothers and they were hoping to transition him to a big screen name like they did with James Garner. That was not in the cards for Zimbalist, but he did get to co-star with a screen legend in Lana Turner.

Not his fault, but the way Zimbalist's role was written I could never develop a rooting interest for him to overcome and deal with his problems. Quite frankly, he's a fathead. Turner also seemed a bit off kilter for a screen sex symbol in this film.

But Lana's fans will love her.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 20 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed