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Possessed (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 21 November 1931 (USA)
An ambitious factory girl meets a handsome, wealthy lawyer, but he's interested in her as a mistress, not a wife.

Director:

Clarence Brown (uncredited)

Writers:

Edgar Selwyn (play), Lenore J. Coffee (adaptation) (as Lenore Coffee) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Marian Martin
Clark Gable ... Mark Whitney
Wallace Ford ... Al Manning
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Wally Stuart (as Skeets Gallagher)
Frank Conroy ... Horace Travers
Marjorie White ... Vernice LaVerne
John Miljan ... John Driscoll
Clara Blandick ... Mother Martin
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Storyline

Marion is a factory worker who hopes to trade the assembly line, for a beautiful penthouse apartment. Mark Whitney, a wealthy and influential lawyer can make her dreams come true, but there is only one problem, he will give her everything but a marriage proposal. Will this affair ever lead to marriage? Written by Kelly

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Taglines:

"A Man Speaks of love, But a Woman Lives It!" (Print Ad- Independent Press, ((Glen Ridge, NJ)) 15 January 1932) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

21 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mirage See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Edgar Selwyn's play, "The Mirage", opened in New York on 30 September 1920. See more »

Quotes

[to Marian, after being introduced to von Bergen, Lavell, and Martini]
Vernice LaVerne: Say, what is this? Ellis Island?
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Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played by a band at the start of electioneering scenes
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Probably Gable & Crawford's best film
14 July 2002 | by nickandrewSee all my reviews

In 1931, rising star Clark Gable & already established star Joan Crawford made three films together at MGM. This is probably the best of those three, and maybe the best of all eight they did over a nine-year period (STRANGE CARGO in 1940 follows second best). Crawford is a poor Pennsylvania factory worker, who decides to go to New York to find fortune and happiness, eventually with married lawyer Gable. The plot relies on the familiar "Crawford formula" of a rags-to-riches story. 3 out of 4 stars.


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