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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 »

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

W. Somerset Maugham (based on: "The Sacred Flame") (as Somerset Maugham), Ralph Block (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Josephine Hutchinson ... Stella Trent
George Brent ... Colin Trent
Colin Clive ... Maurice
Peggy Wood ... Nurse Wayland
Henrietta Crosman ... Mrs. Trent
C. Aubrey Smith ... Major Licondra
Leo G. Carroll ... Dr. Harvester
Phyllis Coghlan Phyllis Coghlan ... Alice
Claude King ... Mr. Pride
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Pride
Halliwell Hobbes ... Sir Stephen Barr
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Storyline

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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A daring story - a superb cast - a gripping motion picture everyone should see.

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sacred Flame See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The W. Somerset Maugham play this film is based on, "The Scarlet Flame", opened on Broadway on November 19, 1929 at the Henry Miller Theatre and ran for 24 performances. A revival in 1952 also ran for only 24 performances. See more »

Goofs

The first time we see Maurice in his bed after the accident and his nurse goes to his side we see Maurice is lying neatly under the covers with his arms above the covers but straight to his side, hands clutched. In the next shot his pajamas and the bed covers are askew and he is nervously wringing his fingers as his hands rest on his chest. See more »

Connections

Version of The Sacred Flame (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Worth Watching
21 July 2005 | by georgigemsSee 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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