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The Right to Live (1935)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  26 January 1935 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



(based on: "The Sacred Flame") (as Somerset Maugham) , (screen play)
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Complete credited cast:
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Claude King ...
Mr. Pride
Mrs. Pride
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Sir Stephen Barr


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 <>

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26 January 1935 (USA)  »

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The Sacred Flame  »

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As Maurice helps Stella on with her wrap and they turn to exit the booth at the theater Maurice accidentally knocks his program off the booth ledge. Maurice is unaware his program falls down onto audience members below. See more »


Version of The Sacred Flame (1929) See more »


The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Background music after the wedding
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Enjoyable Little Drama
29 July 2005 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Does the young wife of a handicapped man still have THE RIGHT TO LIVE and enjoy some happiness?

What could have been a rather turgid soap opera is instead a very watchable adaptation of Somerset Maugham's play The Sacred Flame. This is mainly due to an intelligent script and excellent acting from the entire cast. It's also refreshing to watch a story in which there are no villains, only good people trying to deal with heartrending circumstances.

Lovely Josephine Hutchinson, an actress sadly obscure today, charms the audience instantly as a young wife who must make a terrible choice between two brothers who adore her. They are played by flying enthusiast Colin Clive and plantation manager George Brent, both sensitive to duty, each willing to make a valiant sacrifice for Miss Hutchinson's happiness. Their wise old mother is sensitively portrayed by Henrietta Crosman.

Giving good support are Peggy Wood as a quiet nurse with a heavy heart; Leo G. Carroll as the friendly family doctor; and Halliwell Hobbes as an expert medical specialist. Best of all is wonderful old Sir C. Aubrey Smith as a retired Major home from India.

Movie mavens will recognize an unbilled Forrester Harvey as a genial British Bobby.

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