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Chained (1934)





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Joan Crawford is at her most glamorous (a different outfit and hairdo in each scene!) in the romantic melodrama Chained. Crawford plays Diane Lovering, the mistress of prominent Manhattan businessman Richard Field (Otto Kruger). Though she really isn't in love with him, she feels obligated to marry him when he divorces his wife (Margaret Gateson) for Diane's sake. By the time the divorce is final, Diane has fallen for wealthy South American rancher Mike Bradley (Clark Gable), but, out of loyalty to Field, she abruptly cuts off her relationship with Mike, who does his best to hide his pain. It looks as though both Diane and Mike will continue to suffer stoically until the plot is resolved by the understanding and remarkably generous Field. Clarence Brown's glossy direction helps to make this star vehicle seem more important than it really is.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: John Lee Mahin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 11, 1991


Joan Crawford
as Diane Lovering
Otto Kruger
as Richard Field
Clark Gable
as Mike Bradley
Marjorie Gateson
as Mrs. Field
Hooper Atchley
as SS Official
Phillips Smalley
as SS Official
Gordon DeMain
as SS Official
Lee Phelps
as Bartender
Ward Bond
as Sailor
Grace Hayle
as Spinster
Edward J. Le Saint
as S.S. Official
Nora Cecil
as Spinster
Gordon De Main
as SS Official
Paul Porcasi
as Hotel Manager
Sam Flint
as Clerk
Keenan Wynn
as Double for Joan Craw...
Auguste Tollaire
as Chess Player
Mickey Rooney
as Boy Swimmer
Akim Tamiroff
as Ranch Chef
George Humbert
as Cafe Manager
Wade Boteler
as Mechanic
Nick Copeland
as Chauffeur
Tom Mahoney
as Doorman
Colin Chase
as Photographer
Franklin Parker
as Third Mate
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All Critics (2)

There's good chemistry between Crawford and Gable in Clarence Brown's formulaic romantic melodrama, a typical MGM star vehicle during the Depression.

Full Review… | January 9, 2009

Clark Gable and Joan Crawford make this pleasing but unoriginal romantic melodrama palpable.

Full Review… | February 13, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Chained

There's good chemistry between Crawford and Gable in Clarence Brown's formulaic romantic melodrama, a typical MGM star vehicle during the Depression.

Chained (1934)

This is one of those early romantic movies Clark Gable and Joan Crawford used to do.

Diane Lovering (Crawford) is the unapologetic mistress of a New York shipping magnet, Richard Field (Otto Kruger). Richard would love to divorce his wife Louise (Marjorie Gateson) and marry Diane, but Louise likes her lifestyle too much the way it is, and threatens to take Richard's two sons away where he would never see them again.

Richard feels guilty about this and buys Diane an ocean cruise to Argentina to ease her pain and to give her time to think about whether she wants to stay in this arrangement the way it is or not. On the ship she meets Mike Bradley (Gable) who has a South American cattle ranch.

Naturally, they fall madly in love with each other, but Diane's loyalty to Richard keeps her from sealing the deal until she talks with Richard first. When she arrives back in New York, she finds out that Richard is divorcing Louise, despite never seeing his kids again. Diane resigns herself to marrying Richard and sends Mike a quick Dear John letter.

Later, Diane bumps into Mike while shopping downtown and discovers that she still loves Mike more than Richard.

Rick Rudge

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