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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2009
I canot begin to tell you how happy I am that Joan's entire movie catalog (spanning 7 decades) is finally all starting to come out on DVD, courtesy of Warner Home Video. "Chained" has always been one of my very favirite films because Joan was so fantastic in it and it was made during a wonderful era for her (when she was the reigning queen of MGM during the '30s). It's smack dab between "Sadie McKee" and "Forsaking All Others." What a great place to be and what a great place Joan was at that time in her career. Joan and Clark Gable were together again with all that pent up sexual chemistry and energy. In this movie Joan played Diane Levering Field, a lady who falls in love with a rancher in South America. You must see it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2001
Diane Lovering (Crawford) is the mistress of Richard Field (Otto Kruger). It is a quiet dignified love Field has for his former secretary; Field's wife won't agree to a divorce because of their children. Field sends Diane on a cruise to Buenos Aires until things "clear up"; while on the cruise, Diane meets Mike Bradley, a rich rancher from Argentina (and he's played by Clark Gable)..................A splendidly written, acted, directed and photographed movie done in MGM's best thirties style. Joan Crawford in the moonlight on the open sea appears quite seductive and Gable seems to agree. In the as the spurned lover, Gable demonstrated a new dimension of his acting skills and the critics were impressed in 1934; Otto Kruger is superb as the New York businessman.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 1999
Clark Gable and Joan Crawford, two of Hollywood's greatest legendary stars, star in this shipboard romance. A glamorous film, especially noteworthy for the magical screen chemistry between the two leads. These two legends were stars for a reason! Strongly recommend this to all movie lovers!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) presents "CHAINED" (1934) (76 min/B&W) -- Starring: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Otto Kruger, Stuart Erwin, Una O'Connor, Marjorie Gateson, Akim Tamiroff

Directed by Clarence Brown

Joan Crawford and Clark Gable always shell out some good entertainment. They have very good chemistry together, The third character in this love triangle is suave Otto Kruger, who has always given a good performance. Then we have Stuart Erwin, with some comic relief, who at one time had a successful television show with his wife in the early days of the media.

Watch for Mickey Rooney very young before the Andy Hardy series.

Romance and comedy is the name of the game in this flick.

The story line and plot, with good performances by the entire cast is very effective and entertaining. Which means good direction, cast and screenplay will hit the target every time.

Crawford is filmed beautifully is an actress who I can't deny has a great flair for acting, with George Folsey at the camera and Clarence Brown at the helm as director, shows her at her best.

Gable has some fast playing dialogue that makes you envious, plus he attracts women like bees to honey.

Well worth viewing for the film lovers in all of us, but a definite must for Crawford and Gable fans. Great to see more of these early releases cropping up now and then.

* Special Footnote: -- Never to see him again Joan Crawford met her biological father only once when he visited her on the set of Chained.

BIOS:
1. Clarence Brown (Director)
Date of Birth: 10 May 1890 - Clinton, Massachusetts
Date of Death: 17 August 1987 - Santa Monica, California

2. Joan Crawford [aka: Lucille Fay LeSueur]
Date of Birth: 23 March 1905 - San Antonio, Texas
Date of Death: 10 May 1977 - New York City, New York

3. Clark Gable
Date of birth: 1 February 1901 - Cadiz, Ohio,
Date of death: 16 November 1960 - Los Angeles, California

4. Otto Kruger
Date of Birth: 6 September 1885 - Toledo, Ohio
Date of Death: 6 September 1974 - Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California

5. Stuart Erwin
Date of Birth: 14 February 1903 - Squaw Valley, California
Date of Death: 21 December 1967 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 76 min on DVD ~ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) ~ (June 22, 2009)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Chained is a great motion picture with excellent performances by all especially Clark Gable and Joan Crawford. Their chemistry is remarkable and that enhances the entire picture! The cinematography and choreography reflect great forethought and good judgment; the plot moves along well and was enough to keep me interested especially (again) with that electric chemistry between Gable and Crawford!

When the film starts, we see that wealthy shipping tycoon Richard Field (Otto Kruger) is thrilled to be with the woman he loves, Diane Lovering (Joan Crawford). Trouble is, however, Richard is married to Louise (Marjorie Gateson) and she won't grant him a divorce! Diane is willing to go on being Richard's mistress but Richard has the heart to send Diane on one of his cruise ships bound for Argentina so she can think it all over. Richard doesn't want Diane to be unhappy if she chooses to remain with him as his mistress. Diane denies that there's anything to think over but she goes on the voyage anyway.

And that's where she meets Michael `Mike' Bradley (Clark Gable) with his magnetic personality and his energetic style. At first Diane pushes Mike away but eventually they do have a shipboard romance after all. (The others are right--look for the swimming pool scene to see how well Gable and Crawford were getting along!) When the boat reaches Argentina, Mike goes after Diane and she can't help herself at all this time--they continue their romance on Mike's ranch. Diane decides to go back to New York and tell Richard it's over between them; she also tells Mike she'll be back as soon as she can.

But that's where things get fairly complicated. Richard, much to Diane's surprise, has gotten his divorce after all from Louise! This leaves him free to marry Diane; and he confesses to Diane that he'll crack without her at his side. Diane is faced with quite a choice; she must either marry Richard for Richard's sake or crush him emotionally and leave him for Mike. Of course, the rest of the film shows how all the issues play out.

Look also for very good performances by Stuart Erwin as Mike's buddy John L. "Johnnie" Smith; Una O'Connor as Amy, Diane's maid; Akim Tamiroff as Pablo as Mike's cook on the ranch. Moreover, if you look closely, you'll see Mickey Rooney who has a small cameo as a kid in the swimming pool onboard the ship.

Chained is an excellent film for fans of the actors in it; and people who appreciate love stories with drama from the golden age of Hollywood will not be disappointed either.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Released in 1934 at the height of Joan Crawford's MGM career when she was the highest-paid actress in the world "Chained" co-stars Joan's real-life lover Clark Gable. This movie would be the fifth film the two would star in out of eight and is one of my favorite Crawford/Gable outings.

The story deals with a socialite (Crawford) who decides to sail a ship to South America when her husband ask for a divorce. Still loving her husband she meets a smooth-talking good-looking man (played by Gable) who tries to steal her heart.

The film is extremely well-acted (probably one of the best in Crawford's career), superbly directed by Clarence Brown (a big-time MGM director) and is both involving and heart-breaking at times.

In the early 1970's Joan would say of the film, "Well, we had Clark and me together again with all the overt and implied sexuality". The movie became a huge hit and is unfortunately forgotten by many, but I would recommend anyone (especially Joan's newer fans) to check the movie out.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2006
This enjoyable piece of 1934 fluff directed by Clarence Brown stars Joan Crawford as Diane Lovering, a secretary who has fallen in love with her older boss, Richard Field, played wonderfully by Otto Kruger. Problem is that Richard is married and his wife simply won't grant him a divorce. In order to protect Diane's reputation (this is the 30s, after all), Richard sends her on a cruise to Buenos Aires, while he continues to attempt to talk his wife into a divorce. While on the cruise, Diane meets rancher Mike Bradley, played by none other than Clark Gable. In no time at all, Diane has fallen for Mike and to complicate matters, Richard's wife has finally agreed to a divorce. Feeling guilty, Diane breaks off her relationship with Mike, returns to Richard and marries him.

Fast forward to when Diane and Mike accidentally run in to each other in New York and discover that both still have feelings for one another. The ending is a bit unbelievable, but predictable (what kind of movie would it be if Crawford and Gable did not end up together?), but still satisfying.

While not one of Crawford and Gable's better stories, the chemistry the two have together on screen makes any cinematic venture a visual feast and highly enjoyable. They obviously had a grand time together making the film and director Clarence Brown knew how to get the best out of them. The character of Richard Field allows the story to rise somewhat above the usual sudsy romance - - although an older man and formerly Diane's boss, he doesn't come across as a lecherous married man on the prowl. He seems to geniunely love and care for Diane. It would be a hard choice, even against Gable, for Diane to make.

Also worth watching are Crawford's gorgeous Adrian creations. Despite the flack she has gotten for her acting over the years, she was a beautiful woman and MGM attired her in the grandest style.

All in all, Chained is a lighthearted romantic comedy romp that is enjoyable for any Crawford or Gable fan.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2008
"Chained" is right between "Sadie McKee" and "Forsaking All Others." What a great place to be and what a great place Joan was at that time in her career. Joan and Clark Gable were together again with all that pent up sexual chemistry and energy. In this movie Joan played Diane Levering Field, a lady who falls in love with a rancher in South America.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2015
Chained (1934) stars Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Otto Kruger, and Stuart Erwin. This was the fifth of eight movies that Crawford and Gable made together. They were known for their incredible chemistry onscreen, and Chained is no exception. This movie has romance, humor, and even some good atmosphere in parts. This movie is basically about a woman who is torn between two men and she needs to decide who she wants to be with. That's all I want to say. I don't want to give anything away. The movie was well shot and was directed by Clarence Brown. Crawford's acting is excellent. She turns on Niagara Falls several times in this movie just like she does in every movie she's in. Nobody in cinematic history was better at this than Crawford. Gable comes across as a little bit unconvincing in certain parts - his reaction to certain things that happen during the movie is as if it doesn't affect him the way you would think it would affect him. Overall, though, his acting is pretty good. Otto Kruger gives a good performance throughout - very solid.

When this movie was made, Crawford was at the peak of her career at MGM. This movie was made right after Sadie McKee (1934).

The picture quality is decent considering that it came out in 1934. There are a lot of scratches, specks, dust, etc. The audio is mono. Could this movie use a restoration? No doubt. That is, if it's even possible to restore. It's great knowing that movies from this era are available on DVD to begin with. Despite the above described imperfections, I give this movie 5 stars because of the basic story, plot, cinematography, quality of acting, and camerawork.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2014
A fabulous pairing of Joan Crawford and Clark Gable, in a well-acted and well-written story about a mistress --- perpetually dangling from a thread regarding the marital status of her "sponsor" --- who finds true love on board a cruise ship with a man who operates a horse ranch in Argentina. The two men behave with almost unrealistic honor in the end, and the story works out the way anyone would desire. Somewhat contrived, but Gable's unparalleled charisma, along with the Crawford-Gable chemistry, make the movie special. A treat from the 1930s! Enjoy!
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