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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)

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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.

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


ALL OF THEM WERE BY LOVE POSSESSED! The bold best-seller that sent a fever through America now fires the screen! See more »




Not Rated | See all certifications »






Release Date:

23 November 1961 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Brotes de pasión See more »


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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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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.
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Referenced in Queer as Folk: Starting a Whole New Life (2004) See more »


Solamente Una Vez
Written by Agustín Lara
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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.

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