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Title of the Film POSSESSED
Alternative Titles THE SECRET
English Titles  
Year of Release 1947
Country of Origin US
Language(s) English
Run Time (in minutes) 108
Length (in meters) 2965
Colour b/w
Genre Drama, film-noir, thriller
Based on/Source Story by Rita Weiman
Production Companies Warner Bros.
Producer(s) Jerry Wald
Director Curtis Bernhardt
Cast Joan Crawford, Van Heflin, Raymond Massey, Geraldine Brooks, Lisa Golm
Literature New York Times, 30 May 1947
Aufbau, 6 June 1947
Time, 16 June 1947 (James Agee)
Los Angeles Times, 18 July 1947
Kinematograph Weekly, 20 November 1947
Times, 8 December 1947
Jewish Chronicle, 12 December 1947
Punch, 24 December 1947
Monthly Film Bulletin, December 1947
Picturegoer, 3 January 1948
Film-Dienst, 8 April 1950
Evangelischer Film-Beobachter, 1 July 1950
Tagesspiegel (Berlin), 11 February 1953
Special notes Music by Franz Waxman
Edited by Rudi Fehr
Art direction by Anton Grot
"These days I am continually expecting to hear from the audience, five minutes after the opening of nearly every film, a similar hiss of 'Schizophrenia!' The principal character in POSSESSED is another sufferer from this fashionable trouble." (Richard Mallett, Punch)

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