POSSESSED
1931, Warner Bros., 76 min, USA, Dir: Clarence Brown

Factory worker Joan Crawford becomes the mistress of a high-powered attorney running for political office (Clark Gable) in this pre-Code classic of sex, Depression-era politics and star chemistry. Crawford's role set the tone for her many movies to come in which she would play working girls on the rise. In this, their third film together, Crawford and Gable clicked onscreen with audiences and each other, engaging in a passionate affair that was widely gossiped about on the MGM lot.


THE MERRY WIDOW
1934, Warner Bros., 99 min, USA, Dir: Ernst Lubitsch

Director Ernst Lubitsch reunites his LOVE PARADE stars Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald for this effervescent adaptation of Franz Lehar’s operetta. When the kingdom of Marshovia teeters on insolvency, a playboy is asked to marry a wealthy widow and keep her fortune from leaving the country. Both English and French language versions of this musical comedy were shot simultaneously; the American release earned an Oscar for Art Direction


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