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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.

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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

Although the film is set in the UK, the plane Maurice flies has a registration number from the US - NC14264. In the UK the registration would start with the letters "K" or "G". See more »

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Version of The Sacred Flame (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Colin Clive's greatest performance
21 March 2011 | by snollen63See all my reviews

Simply put, THE RIGHT TO LIFE arguably features the tragic Colin Clive's greatest performance on film. Made just before BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, and costarring Josephine Hutchinson, who four years later would become "The Bride of the SON OF FRANKENSTEIN" to Basil Rathbone in the third of the Universal "Frankenstein" series (effectively becoming the late Colin Clive's daughter-in-law!), this film gives you the chance to see the much-tortured Clive just before he had to crank himself back up to a fever pitch for James Whale as Henry Frankenstein in BRIDE. His final scene with Hutchinson in THE RIGHT TO LIVE is utterly, believably heartbreaking. Two years later, he was dead, his ashed remaining unclaimed in the basement of a Hollywood mortuary for the next 41 years. Henrietta Crosman, so insidiously jealous and selfish in John Ford's great 1933 masterpiece PILGRIMAGE, superbly plays a VERY different sort of mother here, and the supporting cast is outstanding.


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