By Love Possessed (film)
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|By Love Possessed|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John Sturges|
|Produced by||Walter Mirisch|
|Written by||Charles Schnee|
|Based on||By Love Possessed|
by James Gould Cozzens
Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
|Music by||Elmer Bernstein|
|Edited by||Ferris Webster|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
In a Massachusetts law firm, Arthur Winner, Julius Penrose and Noah Tuttle are equal partners. Each has an ongoing problem in his personal life.
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.
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
- Barbara Bel Geddes as Clarissa Winner
- 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
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