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Possessed (1947)




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We first meet Joan Crawford, star of this moody flashbackfest, wandering aimlessly through the city streets. She goes to pieces in public and is rushed to the mental ward, where a team of psychiatrists try to find out who she is and where she's been.

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Joan Crawford
as Louise Howell
Van Heflin
as David Sutton
Raymond Massey
as Dean Graham
Geraldine Brooks
as Carol Graham
Nana Bryant
as Pauline Graham
Erskine Sanford
as Dr. Max Sherman
Peter Miles
as Wynn Graham
Isabel Withers
as Nurse Rosen
Lisa Golm
as Elsie
Douglas Kennedy
as Assistant District Attorney
Monte Blue
as Caretaker
Don McGuire
as Dr. Craig
Rory Mallinson
as Coroner's Assistant
Ralph Dunn
as Motorman
Max Wagner
as Man in Cafe
Richard Bartell
as Man in Cafe
Frank Marlowe
as Proprietor
Rose Plummer
as Woman in Cafe
James Conaty
as Foreman
Creighton Hale
as Secretary
Jane Harker
as 1st College Girl
Martha Montgomery
as 2nd College Girl
Tristram Coffin
as Man at Concert
Jacob Gimpel
as Walter Sveldon
Henry Sylvester
as Dean's Secretary
Sarah Padden
as Caretaker's Wife
Eddie Hart
as Bartender
Paul Bradley
as Wedding Guest
Peggy Leon
as Wedding Guest
Jeffrey Sayre
as Dance Extra
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Critic Reviews for Possessed

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

The weaknesses in this unusual movie do not greatly matter beside the fact that a lot of people who have a lot to give are giving it all they've got.

March 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Possessed does have a few very good insights into the self-abasing aggressiveness of unrequited love.

June 7, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The end result is that a potentially moving and illuminating inquiry into the workings of an unbalanced mind emerges as a jumble of contradictory scenes, many engrossing as individual units but lacking cohesion.

July 15, 2021 | Full Review…

...a portrait of a woman for whom logic and reason has washed away, lost in a spreading ocean of mental illness.

November 22, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It required great courage for Joan Crawford to play it and for Warner Brothers to produce it. The screen's never exhibited so ruthless a study of an undisciplined mind at work.

October 20, 2020 | Full Review…

Possessed faintly echoes Lost Weekend, Seventh Veil - and has one camera shot straight from Stairway to Heaven. It is, however, a powerful and effective document - from which the susceptible will totter.

April 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Possessed


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
Stefanie C

Super Reviewer


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 Garcia
Sergio Garcia

Super Reviewer

Excellent movie, I loved how this was filmed - the whole beginning of the movie as she wanders down the street half crazy reminded me of photography, Truly an enthralling movie, following Louise (Joan Crawford), who is obsessed with the caddish David and driven to insanity by having to watch him with her daughter in law, or maybe by Schizophrenia, who is to know which came first?! One of the best old movies I have seen, not far short of Mildred Pierce.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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