Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) presents "CHAINED" (1934) (76 min/B&W) -- Starring: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Otto Kruger, Stuart Erwin, Una O'Connor, Marjorie Gateson, Akim Tamiroff
Directed by Clarence Brown
Joan Crawford and Clark Gable always shell out some good entertainment. They have very good chemistry together, The third character in this love triangle is suave Otto Kruger, who has always given a good performance. Then we have Stuart Erwin, with some comic relief, who at one time had a successful television show with his wife in the early days of the media.
Watch for Mickey Rooney very young before the Andy Hardy series.
Romance and comedy is the name of the game in this flick.
The story line and plot, with good performances by the entire cast is very effective and entertaining. Which means good direction, cast and screenplay will hit the target every time.
Crawford is filmed beautifully is an actress who I can't deny has a great flair for acting, with George Folsey at the camera and Clarence Brown at the helm as director, shows her at her best.
Gable has some fast playing dialogue that makes you envious, plus he attracts women like bees to honey.
Well worth viewing for the film lovers in all of us, but a definite must for Crawford and Gable fans. Great to see more of these early releases cropping up now and then.
* Special Footnote: -- Never to see him again Joan Crawford met her biological father only once when he visited her on the set of Chained.
1. Clarence Brown (Director)
Date of Birth: 10 May 1890 - Clinton, Massachusetts
Date of Death: 17 August 1987 - Santa Monica, California
2. Joan Crawford [aka: Lucille Fay LeSueur]
Date of Birth: 23 March 1905 - San Antonio, Texas
Date of Death: 10 May 1977 - New York City, New York
3. Clark Gable
Date of birth: 1 February 1901 - Cadiz, Ohio,
Date of death: 16 November 1960 - Los Angeles, California
4. Otto Kruger
Date of Birth: 6 September 1885 - Toledo, Ohio
Date of Death: 6 September 1974 - Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California
5. Stuart Erwin
Date of Birth: 14 February 1903 - Squaw Valley, California
Date of Death: 21 December 1967 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California
Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]
Total Time: 76 min on DVD ~ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) ~ (June 22, 2009)