By Love Possessed NR CC

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Lana Turner and Jason Robards star in a drama of passion and propriety as blue-blooded pillars of a small New England town who must face their defiant son's (George Hamilton) increasingly rebellious behavior.

Starring:
Lana Turner, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
Runtime:
1 hour, 57 minutes

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By Love Possessed

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Genres Drama
Director John Sturges
Starring Lana Turner, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
Supporting actors Jason Robards, George Hamilton, Susan Kohner, Thomas Mitchell, Everett Sloane, Yvonne Craig, Gilbert Green, Frank Maxwell, Carroll O'Connor, Jean Willes, Barbara Bel Geddes, Claire Carleton, Harry Holcombe, Robert Malcolm, Lester Matthews
Studio MGM
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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They could have called this "All Fall Down and Can't Get Up."
Commenter77
George Hamilton is better than he was in other films, and E. Zimbalist is himself..not too good, but you can brush him aside.
Daniel G. Madigan
The music of these older films had great theme music for each character.
Rick D. Barszcz

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Simon Davis on April 7, 2005
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Lana Turner will be perhaps always best remembered as one of Hollywood's most glamourous personalities during her hey day in the 1940's at MGM when she was known as the sweater girl and starred in such unforgettable films as "The Postman Always Rings twice". However I personally find her just as interesting in her later efforts when she formed a highly successful collaboration with Producer Ross Hunter. Hunter was responsible for giving Lana Turner a fresh new screen persona and revived her career in a number of very successful high glamour melodramas such as "Imitation of life", "Portrait in Black" and Madame X", which kept her in prominence in Hollywood for most of the 1960's. "By Love Possessed", while a lesser effort than the above mentioned films was made straight after her first two Ross Hunter outings and is definately out of the same mould piling on the glamour and dramatic situations in a beautiful production which perhaps only lacks the masterful hand of Ross Hunter to have made it a truly memorable entry in the series of glossy melodramas that Lana Turner specialised in through the early sixties.

Based on the 1957 Pulitizer Prize winning novel of the same name by James Gould Cozzen, "By Love Possessed", set in a properous New England town tells the stories of the intermingled lives of three upright blue blooded families, the Penroses, the Winners and the Tuttles. All three families are from the gilded world of "old money", and run the local law firm which is by tradition passed down to each succeeding generation of males when they graduate from Harvard. The seemingly perfectly ordered lives of this priviledged group however betrays many problems that are glossed over for the sake of public appearances and their standing in th elocal community.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Elaine J. Campbell on October 23, 2001
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Perhaps this movie borders on soap opera (being mainly about personal relationships, something mainly sorely lacking in modern day films with emphasis on action/special effects). BUT
an insight is gained into the lives of old New England money vis a vis their work (in this case, the practice of law), their marriages and their relationship with their children. They live exactly as they are supposed to, as they were raised to live. And yet despite problems do manage to find meaning and love.
Add sterling performances by Ephraim Zimbalist Jr., character actors Carroll O'Connor and (if I'm not mistaken) Thomas Mitchell, and even a very young George Hamilton and Susan Koener (excuse if her last name is misspelled), and an extra special performance by Jason Robards, Jr. (his scenes with Lana Turner especially reveal the differences between a New York trained actor and a Hollywood trained actor), which makes the film worth viewing no matter what.
Lana Turner is startlingly beautiful. Her acting is in and out. Still, she belongs in the film with her strange vulnerability, like silk flowing in the wind.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Rick D. Barszcz on May 25, 2003
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When you think of old Hollywood, the first person that comes to mind is Lana Turner. She's really old enough to be my mother but she was a very beautiful women and a very powerful actress. I have all her films. Granted in todays age she comes off a bit campy but these were great movies. What also impressed me about this movie was the music. Back then orchestras were used unlike the canned background music of todays films which usually leave me empty. The music of these older films had great theme music for each character. This is a great movie to watch anytime. Check out her other classics like "Madamme X" and "Imatation of Life" especially if you like a great tear jerker. She was the queen of them thats for sure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Nolting on March 23, 2013
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By Love Posessed was a great soap in 1961 and holds up well now as good entertainment. Lana Turner was one of the most glamorous stars ever. Probably meant most for Lana Turner fans as she struggles with alcohol and adultery in mink.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The CinemaScope Cat on May 17, 2013
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A small town attorney (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) must deal with several important issues during approximately a 3 day period: his wife (Barbara Bel Geddes) who is unhappy in their marriage, his son (George Hamilton) who is arrested for raping the town tramp (Yvonne Craig), the failing mental faculties of his law partner (Thomas Mitchell) and engaging in an affair with his other law partner's (Jason Robards) wife (Lana Turner). A huge best seller and critically acclaimed upon its publication in 1957, no one reads BY LOVE POSSESSED today nor does (I stand to be corrected) James Gould Cozzens' reputation (he made the cover of Time magazine) enjoy the literary position he had in the 50s and 60s. You'd never know from the film that it was based on anything other than a trashy potboiler. To be fair, the film mutilates the book. Turner's adulterous wife, for example, is a minor character in the book but given prominence in the film. Hamilton's character, who is deceased in the book, is resurrected and combined with another character whose sister is rewritten as his girlfriend (Susan Kohner, in the film's best performance). What's lefty is a lush imitation of a melodrama that cries out for Douglas Sirk (Sirk's regular cinematographer, Russell Metty, is the film's DP) to come in and rescue it. Instead, it's directed by John Sturges whose best films (THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, THE GREAT ESCAPE, BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK) are testosterone fueled "guy" films that give no indication that he has a talent for glossy melodramas. Elmer Bernstein provides the ripe underscore. With Everett Sloane, Carroll O'Connor and Jean Willes.

The Bounty DVD from Australia is a nice wide screen (about 1.78) non anamorphic transfer.
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