- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 16 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: March 23, 2009
- Originally Released: 1931
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
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Description by OLDIES.com:
Factory girl Marian Martin has two ways out of poverty: brains and beauty. But it's 1928, and brains don't help a girl much... unless she uses them to promote her other asset. So in no time Marian's living on Park Avenue, draped in designer gowns, dripping in jewels, and cuddled up with a man who isn't her husband.
Joan Crawford plays the lollipop and Clark Gable plays the sucker she lands - and eventually comes to love - in this pre-Code scorcher that expertly mixes greed, ambition, politics and sex into a frank portrait of a world where men have power and women have a sell-by date stamped on their flesh. Share the glamour and the heartache as Marian discovers that to possess the things she wants, she must be Possessed.
Joan Crawford stars in this powerful romance as Marian, a beautiful factory worker who dreams of leaving poverty and the confines of small-town life behind her. While daydreaming by the railroad tracks, she meets a wealthy New Yorker who convinces her to escape to the big city. Determined to make it, Marian leaves behind her childhood boyfriend, Al Manning (Wallace Ford), and her simple life for dreams of a glamorous life in elegant Manhattan. When she arrives, she meets Mark Whitney (Clark Gable), a powerful and charming young lawyer who instantly sweeps her off her feet. What initially begins as a relationship of convenience becomes true love as Mark and Marian spend years together and Marian becomes the glamorous woman of class and distinction that she always dreamed of. There is only one problem: Mark, an idealistic divorcé, refuses to marry Marian because he is afraid of suffering through another divorce. But Marian fears he is ashamed of her lowly background, and she is desperate to become more than his mistress. When Al Manning reappears, newly wealthy, he is bound and determined to win back his childhood sweetheart, tearing Marian and Mark apart forever. Based on the play THE MIRAGE by Edgar Selwyn, POSSESSED is ably directed by the always reliable Clarence Brown.
Joan Crawford and Clark Gable are perfectly suited for one another in this passionate love story set amid the glittering high society of 1930s New York.