Possessed

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After collapsing, disoriented, in a Los Angeles diner, Louise (Joan Crawford) recounts the events of her life to a psychiatrist. While working as a nurse for the wife of wealthy Dean Graham (Raymond Massey), she falls in love with the Grahams' neighbor, David (Van Heflin), who rejects her affection. Following the death of Dean's wife, Louise becomes the new Mrs. Graham, but her dangerous fixation on David continues. She grows increasingly unstable as her obsession leads to madness and violence.

Cast & Crew

Joan Crawford
Louise Howell Graham
Van Heflin
David Sutton
Stanley Ridges
Dr. Harvey Williard
John Ridgely
Lt. Harker
Nana Bryant
Bit Part (uncredited)
Erskine Sanford
Dr. Max Sherman
Lawrence Menkin
Writer
Jack L. Warner
Executive Producer
Franz Waxman
Original Music
Joseph A. Valentine
Cinematographer
Sidney Hickox
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Critic Reviews for Possessed

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Audience Reviews for Possessed

  • Feb 07, 2014
    This movie of obsession has been replayed much better since Possessed but it is nonetheless a memorable film thanks to the great Joan Crawford. Nice plot twists.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2012
    What a great film to see for Mother's day! Crawford's obsession and descent to madness is quite believable. Van Heflin has all the great lines and plays the rakish cad perfectly.
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2011
    I was completly expecting a different thing. Something between paranormal and suspense...but no. The movie is about this woman with serious mental problems. Filmed back in 1947 but impecable directed, the camera angles are great. Almost everything is really good, the acting, the cinematography, the story. The end I feel that needs a little more punch, but well, minor detail. So rent it, look for it or buy it. Oh!, and Geraldine Brooks...O_O wow.
    Sergio G Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    A good obsession movie, and Crawford is just the woman to play this character, I really liked this movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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