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Possessed
     

Possessed

Director: Curtis Bernhardt, Griff Barnett, Joan Crawford, Monte Blue

Cast: Curtis Bernhardt, Griff Barnett, Joan Crawford, Monte Blue

 

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We first meet Joan Crawford, star of the moody flashbackfest Possessed, wandering aimlessly through the city streets, moaning "David....David." She goes to pieces in public and is rushed to the mental ward, where a team of psychiatrists try to find out who she is and where she's been. Who she is is a practical nurse, hired by

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We first meet Joan Crawford, star of the moody flashbackfest Possessed, wandering aimlessly through the city streets, moaning "David....David." She goes to pieces in public and is rushed to the mental ward, where a team of psychiatrists try to find out who she is and where she's been. Who she is is a practical nurse, hired by Raymond Massey to care for Massey's invalid wife. While going about her duties, Crawford renews her acquaintance with an old flame, architect Van Heflin. Though Heflin is indifferent, Crawford is still crazy for the man. She remains so even after marrying her employer Massey, whose wife has committed suicide. Any further details would give away the ending, but we can note that Van Heflin's character name is David. Best scene: Crawford, descending into schizophrenia, imagining that she's killed Massey's vitriolic daughter Geraldine Brooks. While the psycho-babble delivered in the asylum scenes is laughable, Possessed still holds up well as one of the best of Joan Crawford's Warner Bros. soap operas. This black-and-white film is also available in a colorized version, but don't blame us.

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All Movie Guide
Joan Crawford won an Academy Award in 1945 for Mildred Pierce, and, two years later, she was trying her utmost to win another. Her gripping, melodramatic star turn helped make Possessed a hit and a prime example of post-war film noir. Crawford can't find happiness with either Van Heflin or Raymond Massey, and her fiery emotions drive her into a lethal frenzy. Based on Rita Weiman's book One Man's Secret, Possessed is told almost entirely in flashbacks, the goal being to figure out what drove Crawford's character crazy. As a dark psychological study, this is Hollywood at its moodiest; love has rarely seemed so perilous and fraught with anxiety. German director Curtis Bernhardt was known for making emotional films that appealed to women. Crawford got her Oscar nomination, but Loretta Young won the statuette that year for The Farmer's Daughter.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/2005
UPC:
0012569673083
Original Release:
1947
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
37,105

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by film Historian Drew Casper; New featurette Possessed: The Quintessential Film Noir; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Griff Barnett Coroner
Joan Crawford Louise Howell Graham
Monte Blue Norris
Van Heflin David Sutton
Raymond Massey Dean Graham
Geraldine Brooks Carol Graham
Nana Bryant Pauline Graham
Stanley Ridges Dr. Harvey Williard
Lisa Golm Elsie
Douglas Kennedy Assistant District Attorney
Don McGuire Dr. Craig
Moroni Olsen Dr. Ames
Peter Miles Wynn Graham
John Ridgely Lt. Harker
Erskine Sanford Dr. Max Sherman
Richard Bartell Men in Cafe
Jacob Gimpel Walter Sveldon
Jeffrey Sayre Dance Extra
Isabel Withers Nurse Rosen
James Conaty Foreman
Martha Montgomery 2nd College Girl
Rory Mallinson Coroner's Assistant
Clifton Young Intern
Ralph Dunn Motorman
Max Wagner Man in Cafe
Frank Marlowe Proprietor
Rose Plummer Woman in Cafe
Jane Harker 1st College Girl
Robert Lowell Face
Richard "Hock" Walsh Faces
Jack Mower Man
Creighton Hale Secretary
Tristram Coffin Man at Concert
Nell Craig Nurse
Bunty Cutler Nurse
Henry Sylvester Dean's Secretary
Sarah Padden Caretaker's Wife
Wheaton Chambers Waiter
Eddie Hart Bartender
Philo McCullough Butler
Paul Bradley Wedding Guest
Peggy Leon Wedding Guest

Technical Credits
Curtis Bernhardt Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Burks Special Effects
Rudi Fehr Editor
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Anton Grot Art Director
Robert B. Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Ranald MacDougall Screenwriter
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
William McGann Special Effects
Bernard Newman Costumes/Costume Designer
Silvia Richards Screenwriter
Joseph A. Valentine Cinematographer
Jerry Wald Producer
Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Perc Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [1:20]
2. Looking For David [2:44]
3. Can't Find The Words [5:15]
4. Away From Them [3:39]
5. Hanging On Too Hard [8:05]
6. Suspicious Spouse [3:37]
7. I'll Find A Way [4:42]
8. Classic Symptoms [2:38]
9. The Late Mrs. Graham [3:10]
10. The Inquest [4:07]
11. Carol's Anger [3:54]
12. David's Return [3:36]
13. No Relapses In Love [2:38]
14. Marriage Proposal [3:10]
15. Reconciliation [2:36]
16. Wedding Crasher [3:51]
17. Playing Their Tune [3:29]
18. Hallucinatory [6:26]
19. Schizophrenia [3:34]
20. Return To The Lake House [5:07]
21. Peril From Pauline [4:41]
22. Dean Reveals The Truth [3:20]
23. Couples Night Out [3:42]
24. Louise's Version [3:55]
25. Web of Deception [2:43]
26. Killing David Honestly [6:50]
27. Clear Case of Psychosis [4:32]
28. Cast List [:29]

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