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The Light That Failed (1939)

Passed | | Drama | 24 December 1939 (USA)
Dick Heldar, a London artist, is gradually losing his sight. He struggles to complete his masterpiece, the portrait of Bessie Broke, a cockney girl, before his eyesight fails him.

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Dick Heldar, a London artist, is gradually losing his sight. He struggles to complete his masterpiece, the portrait of Bessie Broke, a cockney girl, before his eyesight fails him. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Rudyard Kipling's great romance of Dick Heldar, artist, adventurer, gentleman unafraid, gloriously re-created by the world's most distinguished cast! See more »

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A Luz Que Se Apaga  »

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Dick (Ronald Colman) and Maisie (Muriel Angelus) are supposed to be childhood friends, but Colman was actually 18 years older than Angelus. See more »

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At c.16 minutes the English newspaper displays the American spelling of the word "vigour". See more »

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Dick Heldar: Painting is seeing, then remembering better than you saw.
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Featured in Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 3 (1942) See more »

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Out of Judging
17 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

I don't know how some people could express anything over the original story, and with all the signs in evidence of not having read the story at all. First of all, Bessie is somehow in love with Torpenhow, not Dick Heldar. She actually never managed to meet Maisie, being unaware of her existence. Bessie tears apart Dick's painting over the rage of being insulted day after day by Dick, in order to get the main character of the "Melancolia". Dick met Maisie during his childhood, his first love, being both orphans, and as well expressed by Sunlily, during a shooting session with an old revolver, Dick gets gun powder burning close to his eyes (his cheek, Kipling states), etc and etc. The story adapted in the film is a totally different matter. Oh, by the way, since there are things in this world like marriage and lawyers, the "The more I see of men, the more I love dogs" of Diogenes of Sinope could be even more valid today. Cheers


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