Watch: Possessed 1931 123movies, Full Movie Online – Marion is a factory worker who hopes to trade the assembly line, for a beautiful penthouse apartment. Mark Whitney, a wealthy and influential lawyer can make her dreams come true, but there is only one problem, he will give her everything but a marriage proposal. Will this affair ever lead to marriage?.
Plot: Marian is a factory worker determined to leave the assembly line behind and move up in the world.
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Possessed (1931) **1/2
I came by this movie when someone I know at work gave me a still-sealed copy from the Warner Archive Collection; they’d sent him two of the same title by mistake. Since it was Clark Gable and Joan Crawford I decided I’d give it a chance. Joan plays a factory worker who gets tired of the hum-drum life she leads and isn’t interested in the man who’s longed to marry her since they were kids (Wallace Ford) so she leaves it all and travels to New York City where she plays mistress to a wealthy lawyer (Gable) to get the kind of high living she wants. Three years later, Ford still wants to marry her, and Gable intends to run for Governor but his chances may be jeopardized by living with a woman. This pre-code film was nothing earth shattering, but had good performances from Crawford and Gable, and for me an added surprise bonus with a strong turn by Wallace Ford. I think through this movie it’s easy to see Crawford’s talents and how Gable was destined to become a big star. Director Clarence Brown has a nice touch, and some shots are very impressive. The one which stood out most for me is early on where Joan longingly observes well-to-do people interacting on a slow-moving train, as we see them through the windows of each passing car. When I see artistic flourishes like this in so many early ’30s pictures (and many silents), my old defense of Tod Browning’s Dracula for being dull due to it being an early talkie certainly falls flat. **1/2 out of ****
Dated social mores
Joan Crawford is a girl who longs for a better and faster life than she has in Podunkville, USA with factory worker Wallace Ford eager for her hand in marriage. She journeys to NYC where she charms Clark Gable, a lawyer with political ambitions, into a relationship. Not marriage, mind you, though to keep the relationship secret she now goes by the name of a widow.
I was reminded of that line from Goodfellas where the wise guys bring girl friends to the Copacabana on Thursday night and wives on Friday night. I guess Gable doesn’t qualify to go on Friday nights. Today the whole premise of the film is ridiculous because these two are both unmarried adults. Class distinctions just ain’t what they used to be.
Women have certainly come a long way from 1931 where apparently the only career choices open to them were wife and mom or the kept Possessed woman. That’s why the film is so dated.
But Gable and Crawford make it interesting to watch, but it’s in neither of their top 10 lists.
In Possessed there is a really nice torch ballad entitled How Long Will It Last which Crawford sings. But a better version of it was done by Bing Crosby in one of his early Brunswick recordings.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 16 min (76 min)
Genre Drama, Romance
Director Clarence Brown
Writer Edgar Selwyn, Lenore J. Coffee
Actors Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Wallace Ford
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.20 : 1
Film Length (9 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm