"Clark and me together again, with all the overt and implied sexuality." - Joan Crawford
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Cast: Joan Crawford (Diane Lovering, also called 'Dinah'), Clark Gable, Otto Kruger, Stuart Erwin, Una O'Connor, Marjorie
Gateson, Akim Tamiroff
Diane Lovering (Joan) and Richard Field (Otto Kruger) have been lovers for five years. Although married, Richard's wife has
been overseas and Diane has happily played the mistress, filling the void of a woman in his life. Upon his wife's return,
he asks her for a divorce so he can finally be with Diane, for good. Out of spite, his wife refuses to let their marriage
dissolve and Diane convinces her lover that she's perfectly happy with their relationship the way it is. As Diane is leaving
for an Argentinean cruise, he waves her goodbye, both of them promising to continue their relationship upon her return.
Joan had an unexpected visit from her biological father, Thomas Le Sueur, during the filming of "Chained." The visit
was brief and she never saw him again.
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Reviewer, Silver Screen, says...
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.
Richard Watts, Jr. of the New York Herald Tribune says, "...Since the picture doesn't even attempt to go in for credibility,
no one should blame Miss Crawford or Mr. Gable for falling to give real portrayals in their romantic roles. The two stars,
who certainly know their business, wisely decide to pass their time tossing charm and personality all over the place, which
is obviously what the film requires for audience appeal."
Mordaunt Hall in the New York Times (1934) says..."Clarence Brown's direction of this film is studied and in its way
effective but it scarcely improves the flow of the story. There are many static interludes, a great deal of talk, which is
by no means as interesting as the producers evidently thought it to be. Miss Crawford assuredly does well by her part, but
even so the incidents in which she appears often are hardly edifying. It is in fact an exasperating type of motion picture."
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