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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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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"I'D BE A FOOL TO LET LOVE STAND IN MY WAY!" (original poster - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Chama do Pecado See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in Forensic Files: Paintball (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Me or Leave Me
(uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
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mainly routine melodrama
6 November 2005 | by goblinhairedguySee all my reviews

"The Flame" is a dark but disappointingly routine melodrama of the seen-it-a-million-times-before variety. A French nurse, in cahoots with her sleazy American lover, agrees to marry his ailing half-brother in order to gain his wealth. Guess what -- she begins to fall for the bore (who whiles away the hours playing dirges on his Hammond organ).

John Auer was one of the more talented directors working in the B-movie mill of the 40s, and he injects the picture with enough visual panache to give it a professional veneer and subtle moodiness. But what can you do with this cast from hell -- particularly Vera Ralston, at her most wooden (her voice-over narration is practically indecipherable).

A couple of reels into the film, things briefly perk up when a young Broderick Crawford unexpectedly slides into the narrative as a dour potential blackmailer who gets wise to the scam. Even better, his sometime girlfriend is a sexy cabaret performer played by the always fascinating Constance Dowling -- her Gilda-style song and dance routine gives Auer a chance to show his licks. But the brittleness all dissolves pretty quickly into some very unwelcome sentimentality towards the end.


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