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Chained (1934)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 31 August 1934 (USA)
A mistress of one man has a shipboard romance with another and is torn between both men.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

John Lee Mahin (screenplay), Edgar Selwyn (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Diane Lovering
Clark Gable ... Michael 'Mike' Bradley
Otto Kruger ... Richard I. Field
Stuart Erwin ... John L. 'Johnnie' Smith
Una O'Connor ... Amy, Diane's Maid
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Louise Fields
Akim Tamiroff ... Pablo, the Ranch Chef
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Storyline

Richard Field is a successful businessman who has become romantically involved with younger employee Diane Lovering, but he is unable to persuade his grasping wife to grant him a divorce out of his dysfunctional marriage. Diane meets dashing rancher Mike Bradley through his wise-cracking pal Johnnie on a South American ocean voyage, and they begin a shipboard romance that carries over to his Argentinian ranch. Diane decides to return to New York and tell Richard in person that she intends to marry Mike Bradley. When Diane gets there Richard surprises her with a wedding ring and the morning newspaper citing Mrs. Field is in Reno obtaining a divorce. Richard had to agree not only to a large monetary settlement but was forbidden to see his sons. Diane didn't have the heart to tell Richard about Mike and decides to marry him. Diane writes a "Dear John letter" to Mike explaining a calculated mercenary decision that she prefers the position and financial status that Field's can offer her ... Written by duke1029@aol.com

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When she's in his arms, it's the grandest thrill the screen can give!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sacred and Profane Love See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Crawford and Otto Kruger would be reunited 30 years later in Della. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, Joan Crawford's character, Diane Lovering, is shown sitting in the back of an open-cockpit racing boat, racing across New York harbor for an extended period. We see her get splashed and sprayed on from all different directions. Yet a moment later when the boat docks and Diane steps out, she is completely dry - not a drop of water anywhere on her, and her hair and clothing are perfectly neat. See more »

Quotes

Michael 'Mike' Bradley: [watching Johnnie loosen his belt] That's pretty.
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Crawford and Gable at their Visual Best
9 June 2010 | by u4775See all my reviews

I was surprised when I saw this film because in all the films these two made, I don't think that either ever looked any better than they do in this film. Crawford was about 29 and Gable 33, and each was really in their prime. And the chemistry showed too.

I thought that the swimming pool scenes were especially interesting as one can easily take them very lightly. But the thought of actually acting, reciting lines and swimming back and forth across the pool is a lot easier said than done. Considering the number of scenes, I wonder how many takes it took to get that sequence filmed? It was also a good vehicle to get both stars in bathing suits for the time, and Crawford's is actually pretty revealing.

Some other reviewers believe that the Crawford character would not have wanted to stay with the Kruger character, but I thought that Crawford completely sold it. Not an unusual plot but a somewhat unusual ending especially for the time. Crawford could have come across as sleazy given her characters morals, but somehow she came across as noble, no easy feat, and a tribute to her ability. Gable? what can you say, he just had "it".

One to see for old movie fans.


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