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The Flame (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 24 November 1947 (USA)
A woman falls for the victim of an intended blackmail plot.

Director:

John H. Auer

Writers:

Lawrence Kimble (screenplay), Robert T. Shannon (based on a story by) (as Robert Terrance Shannon)
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Complete credited cast:
John Carroll ... George MacAllister
Vera Ralston ... Carlotta Duval
Robert Paige ... Barry MacAllister
Broderick Crawford ... Ernie Hicks
Henry Travers ... Dr. Mitchell
Blanche Yurka ... Aunt Margaret
Constance Dowling ... Helen Anderson
Hattie McDaniel ... Celia
Victor Sen Yung ... Chang
Harry Cheshire ... The Minister (as Harry V. Cheshire)
John Miljan ... Detective
Garry Owen Garry Owen ... Detective
Eddie Dunn Eddie Dunn ... Police Officer
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George McAllister, the black sheep of a wealthy family who has squandered his share of the family inheritance, and lives in constant jealousy, hatred and resentment of his half-brother Barry, who has been supporting him. George gets his girl friend, Carlotta Duval, a job as Barry's nurse with the plan of eventually marrying him. She does, but instead of going ahead with the original plan or getting rid of Barry, inheriting his money and marrying George, she finds that she is really in love with Barry. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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She played a dangerous game...found she could double-cross a man - but not her heart! (original poster) See more »


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Love Me or Leave Me
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Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
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Blackmailing the blackmailer.
14 December 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Flame" stars John Carroll, a second-tier actor who made a living mostly playing sleazy or cocky guys. In many ways, he's Republic studio's answer to Dan Duryea. In the second lead is Vera Ralston, the girlfriend of the head of the studio that made the picture. While her Czech accent was problematic, she was pretty good in this movie...although she has a reputation as a terrible actress who only got to where she did because of her connections. Regardless, she's good in this picture.

The story begins with George (John Carroll) shooting someone to death. In the process, he himself is shot. Soon, he phones the police to report the killing...and then the film goes into flashback mode where it stays most of the picture. Oddly, occasionally the viewpoint changes from his to his ex-girlfriend (Ralston)...something that seems sloppy when they both address the camera. In other words, is it his story to tell or hers? Regardless, the tale is about blackmail and it's an odd case where another blackmailer discovers the blackmail and begins to blackmail the original blackmailer! What exactly is going on here? Watch the film.

Despite the changing narration and Ralston's odd accent (she's supposed to be French...but just sounds Czech), the plot is quite engaging and the film is very well written considering it comes from Republic...a studio mostly known for B-movies...and mostly with cowboys. It is a very unique film...one that is excellent for folks who want to see something gritty and different.

By the way, although Victor Sen Yung was not a big-time actor, mostly assigned to secondary roles such as playing sons for Charlie Chan, here he really showed his talents in a scene late in the movie. A tiny scene...but an amazingly well acted one.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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