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The Right to Live (1935)

Approved | | Drama | 26 January 1935 (USA)
Maurice and Stella Trent are happily married. When Maurice is crippled in an airplane crash, he and his mother send for his brother Colin to come help keep Stella busy. He is to show her a ... See full summary »

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(based on: "The Sacred Flame") (as Somerset Maugham), (screen play)
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Maurice and Stella Trent are happily married. When Maurice is crippled in an airplane crash, he and his mother send for his brother Colin to come help keep Stella busy. He is to show her a good time during what promises to be a 5 month recovery before an operation will allow Maurice to walk again. Stella and Colin become very close, and things come to a boil when Maurice believes his life may not be worth living any longer after all. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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In the theater when Maurice takes Stella's right hand during the tender moments while the closing aria is being sung. There is a handkerchief in Stella's hand yet when she releases his hand out of our sight the handkerchief is missing as she goes into her purse for a new handkerchief. See more »

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Version of The Sacred Flame (1929) See more »

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Tristan und Isolde
(1865) (uncredited)
Written by Richard Wagner
The ending is performed at the opera, with the singing role of Isolde unidentified
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21 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is a remake of a famous play by W. Somerset Maugham called "The Sacred Flame". The original 1929 version is lost so there is nothing to compare this one to. The main characters are played by George Brent (who always looked fabulous in a dinner jacket) and Colin Clive as brothers in love with the same woman, Josephine Hutchinson . Colin Clive plays an amateur aviator (who lives on a beautiful estate with his mother) , marries a lovely woman (Ms. Hutchinson) and then has a tragic accident which leaves him with spinal damage and no hope of recovery. Enter George Brent (as Clive's brother) and as they say, the plot thickens.But the real reason to watch this movie is the incredible supporting cast. There is C. Aubrey Smith (who is always the consummate British gentleman) and Leo G. Carrol ( who lent class to any film and had impeccable diction) and an early Peggy Wood before she became everyone's favorite MAMA. If you love the 1930's films with their soap opera plots, great sets and WONDERFUL woman's costume by top designers (in this case Orry Kelly) then by all means watch this movie. Not on VHS or DVD but there is always TCM (thank heavens).


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