Possessed (1947 film)

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Possessed is a 1947 American film noir psychological drama directed by Curtis Bernhardt, starring Joan Crawford, Van Heflin, and Raymond Massey in a tale about an unstable woman's obsession with her ex-lover.wikipedia
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Joan Crawford

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Possessed is a 1947 American film noir psychological drama directed by Curtis Bernhardt, starring Joan Crawford, Van Heflin, and Raymond Massey in a tale about an unstable woman's obsession with her ex-lover. A woman (Joan Crawford) is found wandering Los Angeles, unable to say anything other than "David".
She would go on to receive Best Actress nominations for Possessed (1947) and Sudden Fear (1952).

Van Heflin

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Possessed is a 1947 American film noir psychological drama directed by Curtis Bernhardt, starring Joan Crawford, Van Heflin, and Raymond Massey in a tale about an unstable woman's obsession with her ex-lover.
He was in the all-star musical Till the Clouds Roll By (1946) then was loaned to Warner Bros to co star with Joan Crawford in Possessed (1947).

Raymond Massey

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Possessed is a 1947 American film noir psychological drama directed by Curtis Bernhardt, starring Joan Crawford, Van Heflin, and Raymond Massey in a tale about an unstable woman's obsession with her ex-lover. She reveals herself as Louise Howell, an emotionally unstable woman who had worked as a nurse to the invalid wife of Dean Graham (Raymond Massey) in the Graham home.
Memorable film roles included the husband of Joan Crawford during her Oscar-nominated role in Possessed (1947) and the doomed publishing tycoon Gail Wynand in The Fountainhead (1949), with Patricia Neal and Gary Cooper.

Curtis Bernhardt

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Possessed is a 1947 American film noir psychological drama directed by Curtis Bernhardt, starring Joan Crawford, Van Heflin, and Raymond Massey in a tale about an unstable woman's obsession with her ex-lover.
Possessed (1947)

Jakob Gimpel

Jakob Gimpel as the concert pianist
Among Gimpel's film credits are recorded appearances in Gaslight, Possessed, Letter from an Unknown Woman, Strange Fascination, The Story of Three Loves, Planet of the Apes and The Mephisto Waltz. Gimpel also recorded music for two classic cartoons: Rhapsody Rabbit and the Academy-Award-winning Tom and Jerry short, Johann Mouse.

Bette Davis

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During production director Curtis Bernhardt accidentally kept referring to Crawford as "Bette" as he had just finished filming A Stolen Life with Bette Davis.
Possessed (1947) had been tailor-made for Davis, and was to have been her next project, after Deception.

Silvia Richards

The screenplay by Ranald MacDougall and Silvia Richards was based upon a story by Rita Weiman.
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20th Academy Awards

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At the 20th Academy Awards, Joan Crawford was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress, losing to Loretta Young in The Farmer's Daughter.

John Ridgely

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John Ridgely as Chief Investigator
Possessed (1947) as Harker

Academy Award for Best Actress

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At the 20th Academy Awards, Joan Crawford was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress, losing to Loretta Young in The Farmer's Daughter.

Geraldine Brooks (actress)

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Louise remains with the family as they move to Washington, D.C., to care for the two Graham children: young Wynn and college-age Carol (Geraldine Brooks).
Her second film at the studio, Possessed, was released three weeks before Cry Wolf, on July 26, and was, again, reviewed in New York earlier, on May 30. This time, she was in fourth place, behind top-tier stars Joan Crawford and Van Heflin and third-billed Raymond Massey.

Jerry Wald

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Wald produced The Unfaithful (1947) with Ann Sheridan and director Vincent Sherman; Possessed (1947) with Crawford; Dark Passage (1947) with Bogart and Lauren Bacall for Daves; and To the Victor (1948) with Morgan and Dves.

1947 Cannes Film Festival

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The film was entered into the 1947 Cannes Film Festival.
Possessed by Curtis Bernhardt

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Possessed is a 1947 American film noir psychological drama directed by Curtis Bernhardt, starring Joan Crawford, Van Heflin, and Raymond Massey in a tale about an unstable woman's obsession with her ex-lover.

Psychological fiction

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Possessed is a 1947 American film noir psychological drama directed by Curtis Bernhardt, starring Joan Crawford, Van Heflin, and Raymond Massey in a tale about an unstable woman's obsession with her ex-lover.

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Possessed is a 1947 American film noir psychological drama directed by Curtis Bernhardt, starring Joan Crawford, Van Heflin, and Raymond Massey in a tale about an unstable woman's obsession with her ex-lover.

Ranald MacDougall

The screenplay by Ranald MacDougall and Silvia Richards was based upon a story by Rita Weiman.

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A woman (Joan Crawford) is found wandering Los Angeles, unable to say anything other than "David".

Hospital

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Admitted to a hospital, she is coaxed into recounting her life.

Psychosis

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She reveals herself as Louise Howell, an emotionally unstable woman who had worked as a nurse to the invalid wife of Dean Graham (Raymond Massey) in the Graham home.

Patient

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She reveals herself as Louise Howell, an emotionally unstable woman who had worked as a nurse to the invalid wife of Dean Graham (Raymond Massey) in the Graham home.

Suicide

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It is undetermined whether she committed suicide or not.