Chained (1934)

73-74 mins | Romance | 31 August 1934

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writer:

John Lee Mahin

Producer:

Hunt Stromberg

Cinematographer:

George Folsey

Editor:

Robert J. Kern

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Sacred and Profane Love . In addition to his original story credit, SAB lists writer Edgar Selwyn as an "other participant" in the scriptwriting process. The exact nature of his contribution is not known. Before Clark Gable was assigned to the role, Preston Foster was announced in news items as Joan Crawford's co-star. According to HR , scenes for the film were shot at the Rancho Agua de la Centinela, a 4,000 acre tract ranch in the southwestern United States. Modern sources add William Deggar to the ... More Less

The working title of this film was Sacred and Profane Love . In addition to his original story credit, SAB lists writer Edgar Selwyn as an "other participant" in the scriptwriting process. The exact nature of his contribution is not known. Before Clark Gable was assigned to the role, Preston Foster was announced in news items as Joan Crawford's co-star. According to HR , scenes for the film were shot at the Rancho Agua de la Centinela, a 4,000 acre tract ranch in the southwestern United States. Modern sources add William Deggar to the cast. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 Aug 34
p. 3.
Film Daily
1 Sep 34
p. 4.
HF
9 Jun 34
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
28 May 34
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jun 34
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jul 34
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Aug 34
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
14 Aug 34
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
1 Sep 34
pp. 33-36.
New York Times
1 Sep 34
p. 16.
Variety
4 Sep 34
p. 19.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Clarence Brown's Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig story
Contr to dial
Contr to dial
Contr wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Sacred and Profane Love
Release Date:
31 August 1934
Production Date:
late May--7 July 1934
pick-ups began 12 July 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Goldwyn Mayer Corp.
Copyright Date:
1 September 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4965
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
73-74
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
174
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Eager to marry his devoted secretary, Diane Levering, New York shipping magnate Richard Field asks his wife Louise, who has been living overseas for five years, for a divorce. The socially ambitious Louise, however, refuses to give up her position to Diane and denies Richard's request. Although Diane insists that she will continue to love him without the benefit of marriage, Richard asks her to contemplate her choices while cruising to South America on one of his boats. Diane agrees to the cruise, but vows to return to New York unchanged. Soon after sailing from New York, Diane meets Johnny Smith in the ship's bar and firmly rejects his flirtations. Determined, Johnny asks his smooth-talking best friend, Mike Bradley, for help, but is double-crossed when Mike treats him like a masher in front of Diane. Mike's victory is short-lived, however, as Diane later overhears him laughing about his betrayal with the piqued Johnny. In spite of his inauspicious start, Mike soon ingratiates himself with Diane, and a shipboard romance blossoms. Still true to Richard, Diane makes no commitments to Mike and declines his invitation to visit him on his ranch in Buenos Aires. Mike nevertheless shows up at her Buenos Aires' hotel and insists that she join him at his ranch. After a fun-filled day on the ranch, Diane and Mike confess their mutual love, and Diane finally tells Mike about Richard. Realizing that Mike is the man she truly loves, Diane promises him that when she returns to New York, she will end her affair with Richard. However, as soon as she sees Richard, he presents her with a wedding ... +


Eager to marry his devoted secretary, Diane Levering, New York shipping magnate Richard Field asks his wife Louise, who has been living overseas for five years, for a divorce. The socially ambitious Louise, however, refuses to give up her position to Diane and denies Richard's request. Although Diane insists that she will continue to love him without the benefit of marriage, Richard asks her to contemplate her choices while cruising to South America on one of his boats. Diane agrees to the cruise, but vows to return to New York unchanged. Soon after sailing from New York, Diane meets Johnny Smith in the ship's bar and firmly rejects his flirtations. Determined, Johnny asks his smooth-talking best friend, Mike Bradley, for help, but is double-crossed when Mike treats him like a masher in front of Diane. Mike's victory is short-lived, however, as Diane later overhears him laughing about his betrayal with the piqued Johnny. In spite of his inauspicious start, Mike soon ingratiates himself with Diane, and a shipboard romance blossoms. Still true to Richard, Diane makes no commitments to Mike and declines his invitation to visit him on his ranch in Buenos Aires. Mike nevertheless shows up at her Buenos Aires' hotel and insists that she join him at his ranch. After a fun-filled day on the ranch, Diane and Mike confess their mutual love, and Diane finally tells Mike about Richard. Realizing that Mike is the man she truly loves, Diane promises him that when she returns to New York, she will end her affair with Richard. However, as soon as she sees Richard, he presents her with a wedding ring and explains to her that his wife finally agreed to divorce him on condition that he not be allowed to see his sons. Overwhelmed by Richard's sacrifice, Diane says nothing about her cruise and, after writing a "Dear John" letter to Mike, marries the millionaire. A year later, Diane runs into Mike in a New York gun shop and suggests that they dine together. In spite of his bitterness, Mike finds that he still loves Diane and senses that she still loves him. Finally, Diane admits her feelings, but explains that she is sacrificing their love to remain loyal to Richard. Although Diane tries to avoid Mike by starting her vacation with Richard early, Mike drops by their country house and, in spite of Diane's protests, vows to confront his rival. When Mike sees how kind and caring Richard is with Diane, however, he backs down from his threat and leaves abruptly. Afterward, Richard reveals to Diane that he had long sensed that she was in love with another man and nobly offers to divorce her. Unchained at last, Diane and Mike begin their married life on his Argentine ranch. +

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