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Woefully over-acted soap opera
This movie can best be described as a soap opera. Some might mistakenly categorize it as film noir, but nothing could be further from the truth. This is strictly melodrama served up with a heavy side of ham and a very weak plot. The main character is an unbalanced woman who is obsessed with a man who doesn't want her. This movie has A list stars, but a strictly B grade script and performances. Crawford must have had a mental breakdown when she realized she was stuck doing this hokey picture. I kept expecting Joan Crawford's long lost secret twin sister to appear, wearing an eye patch from the injury received in the plane crash in the Peruvian mountains that was supposed to have killed her. But now she's back as the princess of a tribe of pygmies who have sworn to kill all her rivals. This plot isn't quite that silly, but the acting is just as bad as that story suggests. Some psuedo-intellectuals might call this noir, but then I've heard the same crowd call a movie about killer apes film noir as well. I don't have a degree in film studies from UCLA, but then I don't think one is necessary to recognize that it's just ridiculous. I would argue that there must be some struggle between good and evil to even consider any picture as noir, and that is missing here.
Possessed/'47 starring Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford came from hard core raising¬ 2 have an education& 2 accomplish/her goals in Hollywood/Remarkable! That's how this movie is!!! She's great in any role/she plays!! Crazy/Mad Woman! Like this movie! Seems! Natural 4" her!!!
I think she's fine...
I noticed a lot of people bashing Joan Crawford's performance in this film. True, she's not as good here as in "Mildred Pierce" but she's as least as good as she is in "Humoresque," which, along with "Mildred," forms the trifecta of mid-1940s Crawford Warner Brothers triumphs. I was impressed that Crawford allowed herself to look like h--- through at least of the third of the film (much of the story is told in flashback from Crawford's bed in a mental hospital). No makeup, disheveled hair, catatonic look on her face. I once read in an interview that Crawford did her homework before filming, visiting real mental hospitals and observing patients. She noted that playing a "madwoman" was not all about screaming and tearing out one's hair, that her character had simply been pushed to the edge. As far as Crawford being "too mature" for Van Heflin, well, older women do fall for younger men! A few years later, she played a stable older woman who falls in love with a much younger, very unstable Cliff Robertson in "Autumn Leaves" and won accolades. I think Joan is fine in this solid, Crawford work.
Another great movie w/ Joan
Love This movie!!! great Storyline I didn't want to move from the couch. watch this movieyou won't regret It!!!
Este filme um dos melhores de Joan Crawford. Ela est divina e tem uma qumica maravilhosa com Van Heflin . O roteiro maravilhoso e a direo de Curtis Bernhardt muito boa. Um clssico que eu daria 10 estrelas.
You will be possessed just by watching it!
Joan Crawford did an excellent job in her acting, she's so realistic. Her acting left a great lasting impression in me, her character showed alot of guilt and obsession. In fact, I loved the story, it pretty much made alot of sense. It followed through a great series of suspense. I thought the pairing of Joan Crawford's character and Van Heflin's character was a little too odd since Joan seems to look much older than the leading man. Geraldine Brooks looked gorgeous in the film and played Carol well. This story is about a woman who is madly in love with her ex-boyfriend, but when she sees him romance her stepdaughter, she goes insane. It is worth watching if you're into those character-goes-physchotic-kind-of-suspense movies.
I believe that this was a movie before its time...as we watch and read the news & modern movies you can see that alittle of this character is in most of this scourned woman of the 21st century. This is an old age film that gives a new age film feeling. I liked that she went insane 4 the love of her life. I give kudos to Joan Crawford and her supporting cast on their excellent portrayal of love seriously gone wrong...anyone else see traces of Snapped in this movie.
Crawford and Heflin
When the movie started I just couldn't believe they were lovers. She seemed too mature for him.And when he uttered the line:"All I've ever done is fall out of love with you, that's a mans privilege."Is that what people really believed in 1947?Good grief.No wonder it has only 3 stars.I gave it 3.
- James Higgins
Joan Crawford gives a fine performance, she's at her melodramatic best. This film is certainly over the top, but that plays a large part on it being enormously entertaining. Thoroughly enjoyable, it is Joan's film all the way.
"I HAD NO IDEA IT WAS INSANITY!!"
Great mid-period Crawford film with excellent male support from Heflin and Raymond Massey. (Not to be confused with Joan's 1931 opus with Gable of the same name.) Here we get Joan as a registered nurse!! She's redressed, obsessed and completely possessed as Louise Howell who will stop at nothing to keep the attentions of studly Van Heflin. Have seen it a hundred times and look forward to 101. Thanks!
Van Heflin: The Leading Man
I love watching Van Heflin as a leading man with the classic actors like Barbra Stanwyck and Rita Hayworth. Here, he is so mis-matched with Joan Crawford because he's a far superior actor. Nevertheless, it may be worth a watch to focus on Van Heflin, the leading man.
Van Heflin's Film
He could make any one else her performed with look good enough for a film to pass. That's what Van Heflin had to do since Joan Crawford was miscast in her 2nd film with this title. (The 1st is worse yet, with Gable). At least Van Heflin had more humility than either Gable or Crawford. He acted for the sake a acting and creating good films. But, Van Heflin wasn't always offered the best of parts or the better actors. Instead he kind of got stuck with movie stars like Crawford.
No Acting Required
I can believe that Joan Crawford was possessed; but, not by love. No match for the acting skill of Van Heflin, he carries the film & drags Crawford along. I don't think it took any acting at for Miss Crawford to be mentally ill. The original 'method performer', all that was necessary was to show up to work and be herself. Van Heflin had quite a challenge to fulfill his part to act as if he loved her. There are too many well acted films of the 1940's to get sucked into this one.
One of Crawford's best performances
- Wendy Winkler
Joan Crawford gives a powerful performance as a mentally ill woman.
- Barry Phillips
Absolutely - MILDRED PIERCE included - Joan's finest hour. Starts oddly and the mix twixt hospital and backstory doesn't always succeed but that ultimately matters not a jot. The plot gels/excelerates quickly and if you hang in there it will Freak. You. Out. Wonderful lacquered Warner's production, the Crawford/Heflin and Crawford/Brooks exchanges rivet (admittedly the Crawford/Massey ones less so...), filled with wonderful Noir chills and atmosphere throughout. Cannot over-recommend.