By Love Possessed (1961) Trailer





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Published on Feb 17, 2013

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Loosely based on the novel by James Gould Cozzens, this movie was another vehicle for Lana Turner to cash on her previous successes in "Peyton Place" (1957), "Imitation Of Life" (1959) and "Portrait In Black" (1960). This time however, it wasn't Jerry Wald or Ross Hunter who was the producer, it was Walter Mirisch, and the director was John Sturges. While some may feel that the lack of Hunter, Wald and director Douglas Sirk makes this movie not as successful as the earlier Turner pictures, it does have an interesting merit all its own. Although she is top-billed, Turner's role is actually more of a supporting one, as the movie shifts between three different blue-blood families who are part of the same New England Law firm. Marjorie Penrose (Turner), the unhappy and dissatisfied wife of Julius (Jason Robards), finds comfort in the arms of his married law partner, Arthur Winner (Efrem Zimbalist Jr), since Julius was crippled in an accident and refuses to grant her a divorce. Arthur has his own problems, and his emotional distance alienates him from his wife Clarissa (Barbara Bel Geddes) and son Warren (George Hamilton), just recently returned from Harvard and disillusioned with the expectations and life that he's been persuaded to pursue. Helen Detweiler (Susan Kohner) is the wealthy orphaned young woman who loves Warren, but he can't bring himself to reciprocate her affections. Instead, Warren turns to the town floozie, Veronica Kovacs (Yvonne Craig, not shown in trailer), who files a charge of rape against him after he refuses to see her again. These turn of events devastate Helen and lead her down a tragic path. Arthur begins to realize that he has taken much for granted and decides to make an effort to reach out to his son. But is it too late? Will any of them ever be happy again? Thomas Mitchell plays Arthur's father-in-law and Helen's guardian, Noah Tuttle, in one of his last film roles. Carol O'Connor has a small part as a police officer. The score was once again provided by Elmer Bernstein, romantic, melodramatic and lush. Lana Turner and Susan Kohner were reunited from "Imitation Of Life" but share very little screen time. Kohner and George Hamilton had worked together the previous year in "All The Fine Young Cannibals" and were even engaged for a time. Hamilton would go on to costar with Turner on the short-lived television show "The Survivors". An interesting little movie, especially if you enjoy those wonderful melodramas of the period.

The film is on DVD as part of a DVD-R manufacture on demand release through Metro-Goldwyn Mayer's limited edition collection.

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