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The Right to Romance (1933)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 17 November 1933 (USA)
Dr "Peggy" Simmons, a successful and respected plastic surgeon, encounters job stress beyond her control. Lacking a social side to her harried life and desperately seeking romance, she ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Bobby Preble
Dr. Helmuth Heppling
Lee Joyce
Dr. Beck
Helen Freeman ...
Mrs. Preble
Stephen Chase ...
Bunny Allen (as Alden Chase)
Delmar Watson ...
Louise Carter ...
First Face Lift Patient
Man with the Maceys
Patricia O'Brien ...
Eve Lane


Dr "Peggy" Simmons, a successful and respected plastic surgeon, encounters job stress beyond her control. Lacking a social side to her harried life and desperately seeking romance, she travels to a beach-side resort for some R&R and becomes reacquainted with Bobby Preble, a devil-may-care playboy. They fall madly in love; but Peggy resists her temptations and soon returns to the many needy patients that rely on her unique talents. Preble follows, and nuptials soon follow. Will these two, being from different worlds and having dissimilar life outlooks, make their marriage work? Will old beaus intervene? Written by mbrindell

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

17 November 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Divina  »

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(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bobby's plane, that he lands on the beach, is a 1930 Monocoupe 90A. First sold in 1928, it remained in production until the late 1940s. Only 324 of all variants were made. This plane - NC192K - is also seen in Flying Down to Rio (1932), Mariners of the Sky (1936), I'd Give My Life (1936), and Overland Stage Raiders (1938). See more »


(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Played as dance music at a nightclub
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Ann Harding - looking for love
7 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For some reason, the name Ann Harding today doesn't have the cache of some of her "strong woman" type contemporaries, such as Kay Francis, Barbara Stanwyck, and their ilk. It's unclear why. She was a very good actress, but I think in the end she didn't have the studio attention that some other actresses did.

Thanks to TCM, film buffs have a chance to see her. Here she is in "The Right to Romance" from 1933, also starring Robert Young and Nils Asther. Harding plays Peggy Simmons, a dedicated plastic surgeon (though I swear it said Peggy Simmons, D.D.S. - isn't that some sort of dentist?) who is also generous and good-hearted. But she doesn't feel much like a woman, working all of the time and seeing the years fly by.

She decides to go on a break, where she dresses beautifully, does her hair, and heads for a resort area. There, she meets one of her patient's sons, whom she has met before, Bobby (Robert Young). He is suddenly very flirtatious and wanting to spend time with her.

Peggy returns to her old life and patients, but Bobby shows up and proposes. She accepts, seemingly unaware that her colleague (Nils Asther) is in love with her.

The marriage isn't happy - Bobby isn't ready to settle down, and Peggy finds that she is miserable.

Short, very absorbing film thanks to the actors. It's interesting - in '40s films, a woman had a career or a marriage, not both, and if she had a career, she was WITHOUT A MAN TO CALL HER OWN and therefore miserable.

The '30s films were different - go figure. Peggy is burned out initially but, without giving the ending away, we're not given the impression that she's chucking her career entirely.

Harding was theater-trained, so she had the mid-American (i.e. fake British) speech spoken by Bette Davis, Katherine Hepburn, and others. She was a strong actress, and her striking looks matched.


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