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Possessed (The Secret) (1947)

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Joan Crawford Joan Crawford
Louise Howell
Van Heflin Van Heflin
David Sutton
Raymond Massey Raymond Massey
Dean Graham
Geraldine Brooks Geraldine Brooks
Carol Graham
Stanley Ridges Stanley Ridges
Dr. Harvey Willard
John Ridgely John Ridgely
Moroni Olsen Moroni Olsen
Dr. Ames
Erskine Sanford Erskine Sanford
Dr. Max Sherman

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Silvia Richards Silvia Richards
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Ranald MacDougall Ranald MacDougall


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7 years, 10 months ago at Sep 20 8:18
Possessed sees something very strange for a Joan Crawford film: she flagellates herself into emoting and actually giving a performance instead of relying on star power and stubbornly going through the motions with campy élan. That doesn’t mean that Possessed is free from campy histrionics from the star, but she creates an interesting portrait to work with her theatrics, mostly. The film also co... read more
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Description: 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 commit ... (more)
Release date: 26 July 1947
UPC: 012569673083
Tags: Film Noir (4), 1947 (3), Thriller (2), Drama (2), 1940s (1), Black & White (1), 40's (1), 1940's (1), Cannes (1), Based On Novel (1)
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