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Director  John Sturges
Music director  Elmer Bernstein
Country  United States
5.7/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Producer  Walter Mirisch
Language  English
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Writer  James Gould Cozzens, Charles Schnee
Release date  July 19, 1961 (1961-07-19) (U.S.)
Cast  Lana Turner (Marjorie Penrose), Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (Arthur Winner), Jason Robards (Julius Penrose), George Hamilton (Warren Winner), Susan Kohner (Helen Detweiler), Thomas Mitchell (Noah Tuttle)
Similar movies  In the Mood for Love, Lust, Caution, Open Hearts, Shall We Kiss?, Cloud 9, To Take A Wife
Tagline  ALL OF THEM WERE BY LOVE POSSESSED! The bold best-seller that sent a fever through America now fires the screen!

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By Love Possessed is a 1961 American drama film distributed by United Artists. The movie was directed by John Sturges, and written by Charles Schnee, based on the novel by James Gould Cozzens.


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Lana Turner, Jason Robards, George Hamilton and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. head the cast. Hamilton called it "an Ivy League Peyton Place".

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The theme song is performed by Vic Damone. This was director Sturges' first film project after his Western classic, The Magnificent Seven.

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On July 19, 1961, this became the first in-flight movie to be shown on a regular basis on a scheduled airline flight, by Trans World Airlines to its first-class passengers.

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In a Massachusetts law firm, Arthur Winner, Julius Penrose and Noah Tuttle are equal partners. Each has an ongoing problem in his personal life.

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Clarissa, married to Arthur, feels unloved. Marjorie feels unsatisfied because her husband, Julius, has been impotent since a car crash. This leads to a romantic affair between Marjorie and Arthur.

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Warren Winner, irresponsible son of Arthur, is expected to marry Noah's wealthy ward, Helen Detweiler, but he is not in love with her. Warren instead loses himself in a fling with a prostitute, Veronica Kovacs, who angrily reacts to his ending their relationship by accusing him of rape. Warren flees rather than face the charges in court. Helen is so distraught, she commits suicide.

The firm has represented Helen's financial affairs, but when Arthur looks into it, he discovers that Noah has embezzled $60,000 from Helen's account (although for a worthy cause: to keep the town's struggling streetcar operation afloat). One by one, everyone is confronted about owing up to their responsibilities, beginning with Warren, who on Marjorie's advice turns himself in to the law to fight the accusations against him.


  • Lana Turner as Marjorie Penrose
  • Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Arthur Winner
  • Jason Robards as Julius Penrose
  • George Hamilton as Warren Winner
  • Susan Kohner as Helen Detweiler
  • Thomas Mitchell as Noah Tuttle
  • Everett Sloane as Dr. Reggie Shaw
  • Yvonne Craig as Veronica Kovacs
  • Gilbert Green as Mr. Woolf
  • Frank Maxwell as Jerry Brophy
  • Carroll O'Connor as Bernie Breck
  • Jean Willes as Junie McCarthy
  • Barbara Bel Geddes as Clarissa Winner
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