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½ February 12, 2015
A wonderful Joan Crawford film not to be confused with her second, completely unrelated, also wonderful movie of the same title (yes) from 1947. This one, to be sure, also stars Clark Gable, and it dates from the years when Gable and Crawford had an intermittent, steamy affair. The chemistry is good, the filming excellent, and the overall story a lively pre-code, Depression-era tale of succeeding... She certainly picked herself a swell sugar daddy--The ambitious box factory worker Marian (Joan Crawford) lives in the countryside and dreams on having a luxury lifestyle, with a comfortable apartment, jewels and money. Distinctive Pre-Code Feminist Picture with a Great looking Joan Crawford well before Her Success and Star Status deranged Her Mind... 'Possessed' was also originally banned in England for it's depiction of two people living in sin and actually enjoying it!!
½ January 5, 2014
Joan Crawford does not seem nearly as bizarre an actress in her early films. Her over dramatic style seems more appropriate in these early talkies, but that same acting style is hysterically campy in her later films. In this film, Crawford is a factory girl who becomes the mistress of Park Avenue lawyer Clark Gable, It's a pretty silly melodrama, but here are some interesting early feminist themes and also some fun pre-production code boundaries being pushed.
January 2, 2014
good romantic melodrama not to be confused with the bette davis pic of the same name
½ November 19, 2013
Clark Gable is the first man I can remember looking at and thinking WOW. Even if I was about 10 years old. I enjoyed watching a young Clark and Joan on the screen. The story seemed a little racy for it's time, with the whole idea of exchanging sex for money and vice versa.
January 27, 2013
Joan Crawford plays a woman who finds her poor, working man (Wallace Ford) boring and wants to leave him. She does and travels by train to New York, where she meets a successful lawyer (Clark Gable). They eventually wed, only for Joan to discover that her prior man becomes rich as an infrastructure builder. Odd, unbelievable drama by especially todays' standards seems silly, but is not too bad due to the presence of Gable. Not Crawford's greatest performance. Definitely her best ones came later.
January 3, 2012
Crawford and Gable - how can one complain - enjoyable austerity. . . designed for the . . . message of prison reform, honesty and probation and a happy ending.
½ September 13, 2011
Beautiful Joan is a small-town girl turned Clark Gable's kept woman in this melodrama. Gorgeous. Not to be confused with her later film "Possessed," where she's crazy and in love with Van Heflin.

Film 48 of 81 of Joan's for me.
½ August 23, 2011
Joan Crawford as a scheming golddigger who escapes small town life to Manhattan and seduces a very young Clark Gable w/out a moustache. Pretty formulaic but a lot of fun if you like Joan's early stuff. Very well edited and crafted for 1931.
March 20, 2011
Joan Crawford is amazing. "Down by the railroadtracks drinking champagne."
December 10, 2010
Possessed (1931)

This is a great pre-code melodrama about a poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks trying to make it big. Marian Martin (Joan Crawford) sees how the other half lives from window scenes in a passing railroad car, and resigns to getting some of that, by any means possible.

She moves to the big city and becomes the mistress to a successful lawyer, Mark Whitney (Clark Gable). She falls for the dog, but Mark isn't the marrying kind. On top of that, Marian is still not really accepted by rich society anyway. It gets a little preachy, but generally a good movie.

This is one of Crawford's best with her showing off her complete range of strong, vulnerable, nice, and bitchy. Gable is his trademarked strong self as far as male romantic leads go, who have previously, traditionally been, well, kind of feminine. Gable's Mark character is a man's man and yet could be romantic, when called for, which made him a favorite with both women and men. Crawford saw this in Clark Gable early on and had him star in a lot of her movies.

I think that Possessed was later remade in 1947 with Joan Crawford doing Van Heflin.
½ June 15, 2010
A quality pre-production code film with some interesting themes and a fine performance from Joan Crawford. An interesting bit of Hollywood history and not a bad piece of melodramatic entertainment either.
April 25, 2008
One of my favorite movies, and among the best of the kept woman romances of pre-code.
½ April 24, 2008
[font=Times New Roman][size=3]The 1931 movie [i]Possessed[/i] has nothing to do with the 1947 version except for the fact that Joan Crawford starred in both. I doubt you will find another star that made two entirely different movies with the same title. The earlier [i]Possessed[/i] is the story of a young woman from a small town who works in a paper factory but has ambitious dreams of begin rich.. One day after work she meets she passes by a train and views the various compartments. This is done in a slow imaginative way so that Crawford character Marion can see each window with special dinners being prepared in one; a young beautiful woman getting dressed and another with a couple all dressed up and dancing. At the end of a car is a drunken rich man who in his drunkenness tells Marion she should come to New York.[/size][/font]

[size=3][font=Times New Roman]Marion now convinced this is what she should do breaks ups with her factory boyfriend (Wallace Ford) and head for New York where she meets the rich millionaire lawyer Mark Whitney (Clark Gable). Whitney falls head over heels for the unsophisticated Marion who in one at a restaurant faces making a menu choice written in French. She orders Roast Beef and potatoes to the disgusts of the maître de but Whitney, a steady customer, says he will have the same to save her any embarrassment.[/font][/size]

[font=Times New Roman][size=3]The years go by and Marion and Whitney are lovers. She has now become a sophisticated mistress and lover to Whitney capable of holding sophisticated dinner parties, speaking fluent French. The young factory girl is in the past. While Marion would like to marry Whitney, his first experience in marriage has turned him sour on the idea. Marion seems to have everything she ever wanted.[/size][/font]

[size=3][font=Times New Roman]One truism that is established is that you cannot escape your past. Marion?s past is about to catch up with her, first, at a party where one of Whitney business associates comes to the dinner party with a floozy. When Whitney complains about him bringing a cheap low class dame to his apartment the guest responds that he doesn?t see any difference between her and Marion. Soon after former small town boyfriend Al Manning (Ford) shows up now out of the factory also and into construction, in the front office. He?s in New York to bid on a big new highway contract while also planning on winning Marion back. Manning meets Whitney. At this point neither knows of their prior or current relationship with Marion. Whitney is willing to help Manning get a bid in on the contracts, [/font][/size]

[size=3][font=Times New Roman]The situation continues to deteriorate for Marion when she over hears Whitney and some business associates discuss the possibility of him running for Mayor of NY. However there is one problem they point out. His opponent will dig into his past and discover that he has been living ?in sin? with a woman for four years and they will exploit this (some things do not change). Whitney refuses to get rid of Marion. He will marry her but they respond that?s too little too late. Marion, not wanting to hold Whitney back decides to break up with him saying she?s going to marry Manning. This will make him free of her and he can run for political office.[/font][/size]

[size=3][font=Times New Roman]Whitney runs but ultimately, and I don?t think I?m ruining anything here by saying they get back together.[/font][/size]

[font=Times New Roman][size=3]The film is a melodramatic soap opera yet it interesting. Being pre-code the love affair is out in the open. Crawford looks beautiful and every inch the movie star as does Gable.[/size][/font]

[size=3][font=Times New Roman]Clarence Brown keeps the story moving and as I mentioned above does some imaginative work on the train sequence earlier in the film. [/font][/size]

[font=Times New Roman][size=3]Rating B[/size][/font]
½ March 27, 2008
Joan and Clark may have had the chemistry but they sure didn't make this film work.
½ March 25, 2008
The movie is pure 1930s melodrama, but man when Joan Crawford is good, she is VERY good. Plus being a pre-code it doesn't have to pull punches in quiet the same way.
March 20, 2008
i don't know why i stopped on this the other day when it was on, but got totally sucked into it. it was just a good really old movie.
March 20, 2008
Boring movie with Joan Crawford and Clark Gable. I guess Crawford plays a poor factory worker who somehow comes across some wealth by marrying a guy or something, I lost interest about ten minutes in and didn't pay much attention afterwards.

And it's weird seeing Clark without his 'stache.
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Super Reviewer
½ March 9, 2008
If you like to see Joan suffering in minks and mansions this is for you.
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