Doesn't appear to be that much in the looks department. He laments that he had not seen her sooner, as he is sure that if he had, the tragedy could have been avoided. Rage, jealousy, unrequited love, she shows them all and at the same time. Eventually, Massey's daughter Geraldine Brooks starts to date Heflin, further complicating matters, and putting Crawford over the edge. David had so ably avoided commitment and possessive behavior on Louise's part in the past, that this plot turn didn't ring true. In the beginning, Louise says that before she'd fallen in love with David, she'd never felt anything for anyone before, she'd kind of gone through life sleepwalking.
In the film she plays Louise Howell, a woman who begins to suffer a mental breakdown after the man Van Heflin she loves walks away from her. Louise continued her employment with Dean and became the governess for his young son Wynn Gerald Perreau but her relationship with Dean's twenty year old daughter Carol Geraldine Brooks became difficult after she accused Louise of being her father's mistress. As if the problem were that easy to solve. Graham's bedroom on them were perfect touches. Shortly after, Graham's wife drowns. The only obviously wrong aspect of this is the amazing results they got using drugs to break through her unresponsive state--this just isn't possible. This decision on David's part has Louise go off her nut to the point of almost losing both her composer, when David was around, and her ability to look after her and Davids employers Dean Graham's, Raymond Massey, very ill wife Pauline whom Louise, a licensed nurse, was taking care off.
Joan's performance was academy-award worthy. He was so reserved and her delusional behavior was all too evident. 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. Shes very good as Carol, and gives a lively and strong performance as Massey's daughter. This movie has nothing to do with the 1931 version that also Joan Crawford. Graham for a divorce, she played her paranoia perfectly.
The half point is my nod to the plot deficiencies. This film is an impressive accomplishment for her. It took Carol's father Dean to straighten her out on her mothers, and his wife's, tragic death in him being present when she took that one step beyond off the rock and into the lake drowning herself. Will a marriage proposal be too far behind? You also get a polished jewel of a performance by Stanley Ridges. Brooks has been going steady with Heflin and Crawford, not over him yet, is seething.
This is accomplished in spite of Ridges' misguided portrayal of Dr. For example, I found myself wondering why Van Heflin didn't realize more than anyone else that Joan was missing more than a few of her marbles. This movie is full of it. Even now fixated on him, she makes an advance and is swiftly rejected. The problem I have with that conclusion is that we never really know what will happen to Louise. Oh, and for the record - it was a better world.
The film, in fact, is a believable portrayal of a woman obsessed with a man who rejects her — except, that is, for its intermittent psychobabble: at one point in Possessed, Louise is given the same I. Mildred Pierce has drama consistently built into the plot whereas this film has a lot of Crawford engaging in dramatics and neuroses rather than more active drama. Her reaction to her mom's death and to Crawford's motives for marrying her father are very believable. This woman gave the star one of her best characters ever. The film was entered into the 1947 Cannes Film Festival. A young Geraldine Brooks makes a good impression as Carol the girl that is deprived of her mother at an early age. When she allegedly commits suicide, Crawford remains on, taking care of Massey's young son and fighting with his older daughter Geraldine Brooks whom Crawford eventually becomes convinced is taking away the love of her old flame, Van Heflin, who gave her the heeve-ho months before.
Director Curtis Bernhardt brings a lot of style and atmosphere to the film and there's also some wonderful cinematography that helps. Instead, there is just a big jump right into the marriage of Dean and Louise. When this woman dies under mysterious circumstances, it appears to herald the end of Louise's employment. Script, photography, direction, music are exemplary, the 4 leads are memorable, but Crawford is particularly riveting. When Louise confessed that she had killed Pauline, that she helped her commit suicide, the writers blew it.
That's when I started paying more attention to the clothing, to try to see where Louise was really going through something and where she was inventing it all in her own mind. Her character should have been actually introduced even in one brief scene rather than merely heard or talked about in flashback. They were grand potboilers enlivened by her presence. It's soon revealed that Louise had been deeply in love with a construction engineer called David Sutton Van Heflin who tired of her possessiveness and decided to end their relationship. You can't fake those looks. They have had an affair and David decides to end it, much to Louise's chagrin.
Louise — still obsessed with David — makes a pass and is rebuffed. Then I saw that she had on the same dress that she has found in when she was walking around at the beginning of the movie, and I knew that we were cutting to the chase. The film improves greatly from here, and the plot advances nicely. Her first breakdown at Massey's waterfront mansion with Heflin might be considered over-the-top 40s style acting pre-Method , but she delivers it beautifully, her face and expressions a towering display of emotion and angst. When she falls in love with him, Heflin announces he's restless because of the war and is taking off. And that's when Joan takes off - emotionally.
A woman wonders through the streets of Los Angeles seeking out a man named David. Cast: , , , , , , , Director: Genres: Production Co: Warner Brothers, First National Pictures Keywords: , , , , , , , ,. The doctor's hogwash explanation about her being possessed of the devil was really off the wall. The lighting when she enters the house, the fact that she sees a woman's arm shutting the window and reminded her of her former invalid patient and supposed murder victim, all of it was so well done. About the only reason it didn't score it a 9 is that towards the end Van Heflin's reaction to Crawford didn't make much sense. When David ends their love affair, Louise becomes obsessed for him and David finds a job position in Canada with Louise's master Dean Graham Raymond Massey. This is Joan Crawford's show and she makes the most of it.