The Sacred Flame (1929)

65 mins | Melodrama | 24 November 1929

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HISTORY

In 1930, this film was remade in Spanish and German-language versions. For information on those versions, please consult the entry above for La llama sagrada . Another adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's play was made by Warner Bros. in 1935. That film, entitled The Right to Live , was directed by William Keighley and starred Josephine Hutchinson and George Brent (See ... More Less

In 1930, this film was remade in Spanish and German-language versions. For information on those versions, please consult the entry above for La llama sagrada . Another adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's play was made by Warner Bros. in 1935. That film, entitled The Right to Live , was directed by William Keighley and starred Josephine Hutchinson and George Brent (See Entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
24 Nov 1929.
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New York Times
23 Nov 1929
p. 18.
Variety
27 Nov 1929
p. 21.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Sacred Flame by W. Somerset Maugham (New York, 19 Nov 1928).
SONGS
"The Sacred Flame," words by Grant Clarke, music by Harry Akst.
DETAILS
Release Date:
24 November 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 22 November 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
12 November 1929
Copyright Number:
LP848
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Duration(in mins):
65
Length(in feet):
6,051
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On the same day that Col. Maurice Taylor of the Royal Flying Corps is married to Stella Elburn, his back is injured in an airplane accident, rendering him an invalid. Three years later, after he has clung to life out of devotion to his wife, his younger brother, Colin, returns from South America and at Maurice's request takes Stella out, resulting in their gradually falling in love. When Maurice dies, Nurse Wayland accuses Colin of murdering him with an overdose of sleeping powder; but Mrs. Taylor, who realized that Stella planned to elope, confesses that she administered the fatal overdose so that her son would never know that his wife left ... +


On the same day that Col. Maurice Taylor of the Royal Flying Corps is married to Stella Elburn, his back is injured in an airplane accident, rendering him an invalid. Three years later, after he has clung to life out of devotion to his wife, his younger brother, Colin, returns from South America and at Maurice's request takes Stella out, resulting in their gradually falling in love. When Maurice dies, Nurse Wayland accuses Colin of murdering him with an overdose of sleeping powder; but Mrs. Taylor, who realized that Stella planned to elope, confesses that she administered the fatal overdose so that her son would never know that his wife left him. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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