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

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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
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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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"Keep kissing me... and I'll keep believing you!" See more »


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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

During the opening sequence, while Louise is wandering the streets of Los Angeles, her shoes change from pumps to sling-backs and back again. 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.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Featured in Possessed: The Quintessential Film Noir (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Kaiserwalzer (Emperor Waltz), Op. 437
Music by Johann Strauss
Played at the wedding reception
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Crawford excels in compelling drama
10 February 2006 | by twanuritSee all my reviews

Before "Play Misty For Me" (1971) and "Fatal Attraction" (1987), comes this story of a nurse (Joan Crawford) who's attached to a man (Van Heflin), who eventually finds her too possessive and breaks it off, but she can not let him go. When they meet again at her employer's (Raymond Massey) residence, she wants to resume the relationship, saying its awful for a woman to lie down at night and not be able to sleep, but he still won't take her back. She eventually accepts widower Massey's marriage proposal, explaining that it's terrible for a woman to be unwanted, although she's not in love with him. Eventually, Massey's daughter Geraldine Brooks starts to date Heflin, further complicating matters, and putting Crawford over the edge. Script, photography, direction, music are exemplary, the 4 leads are memorable, but Crawford is particularly riveting. Her first breakdown (at Massey's waterfront mansion) with Heflin might be considered over-the-top 40s style acting (pre-Method), but she delivers it beautifully, her face and expressions a towering display of emotion and angst. It's a performance that Crawford must have pulled from her own life experiences to achieve such rising momentum. No wonder actor Cliff Robertson (her co-star in "Autumn Leaves - 1956) once stated in a documentary that she's "a damned good actress."


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Secret See more »

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Budget:

$2,592,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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