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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.
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.
April 25, 2012
Wonderful. Some of the best costuming of the period I have seen. Amazing camera work. A must see.
November 15, 2010
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.
½ June 11, 2010
Joan looks beautiful in a series of Adrian outfits and increasingly crazy hairstyles. Plus, she drives a speed boat and skeet shoots!

As for the plot, Diane is "fond of" her married boss, who wants to marry her, but his wife won't give him a divorce. Diane is fine with that, if that's how it has to be, but the Boss sends her on a cruise to think it over. Clark Gable is on the cruise--whoopsie! Guess who she ends up with?

Bonus: Una O'Connor, whom it's always a pleasure to see.
½ February 17, 2009
There is a lot of tension that could have been derived from the maid that traveled with her and why does her husband have to be so damned understanding. Further more why have a scene with characters getting guns and not have them use them.
½ April 25, 2008
A good Crawford/Gable romance. Not as good as some as their others, like Possessed, but a good movie.
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