August 24, 2013
There's good chemistry between Crawford and Gable in Clarence Brown's formulaic romantic melodrama, a typical MGM star vehicle during the Depression.
November 15, 2010
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.
April 29, 2012
Chained is a nice film. It is about a mistress of one man who has a shipboard romance with another and is torn between both men. Clark Gable and Joan Crawford give great performances. The script is good but drags a little in some places. Clarence Brown did a terrific job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama and romance. Chained is a must see.