The Right to Live (1935)

66 or 73 mins | Melodrama | 26 January 1935

Director:

William Keighley

Writer:

Ralph Block

Cinematographer:

Sid Hickox

Editor:

Jack Killifer

Production Designer:

Esdras Hartley

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Films
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was The Future Belongs to You . It was known as The Sacred Flame in Great Britain. Writer Abner Nelson sued Warner Bros. over the use of the title, claiming to have exclusive rights to it because he having copyrighted it as the title to original play and registered it with the Writer's Guild. The outcome of the lawsuit undetermined. Warner Bros. records indicate that Genevieve Tobin was originally cast as Stella. The script was also sent to Barbara Stanwyck. The ending of the film differs from the ending of the play. In the play, Mrs. Trent kills her son; in the film, he commits suicide.
       W. Somerset Maugham's play was first filmed in 1929 by Warner Bros. as The Sacred Flame . That film, which also was produced in Spanish and German-language versions, was directed by Archie L. Mayo and starred Pauline Frederick and Conrad Nagel (See Entry). ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Future Belongs to You . It was known as The Sacred Flame in Great Britain. Writer Abner Nelson sued Warner Bros. over the use of the title, claiming to have exclusive rights to it because he having copyrighted it as the title to original play and registered it with the Writer's Guild. The outcome of the lawsuit undetermined. Warner Bros. records indicate that Genevieve Tobin was originally cast as Stella. The script was also sent to Barbara Stanwyck. The ending of the film differs from the ending of the play. In the play, Mrs. Trent kills her son; in the film, he commits suicide.
       W. Somerset Maugham's play was first filmed in 1929 by Warner Bros. as The Sacred Flame . That film, which also was produced in Spanish and German-language versions, was directed by Archie L. Mayo and starred Pauline Frederick and Conrad Nagel (See Entry). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
1 Oct 34
p. 3.
Daily Variety
9 Feb 35
p. 3.
Daily Variety
7 Mar 35
p. 7.
Film Daily
29 Sep 34
p. 4.
Film Daily
16 Feb 35
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Feb 35
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
9 Feb 35
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
3 Nov 34
p. 46.
Motion Picture Herald
23 Feb 35
p. 59.
New York Times
16 Feb 35
p. 9.
Variety
20 Feb 35
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Second asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
Women's ward
Men's ward
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
SOUND
MAKEUP
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
Scr clerk
Gaffer
Still photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Sacred Flame by W. Somerset Maugham (New York, 19 Nov 1928).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Future Belongs to You
Release Date:
26 January 1935
Production Date:
began 1 October 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
28 January 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5271
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
66 or 73
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
443
SYNOPSIS

Shortly after a wealthy Englishman, Maurice Trent, marries an American named Stella Houghton, his legs are paralyzed in an airplane accident. Although he realizes that Maurice will never walk again, his physician, Dr. Harvester, tells the injured man that he will operate in five months, leading Maurice to believe that he will recover. On the suggestion of his neighbor, Major Liconda, Maurice sends for his brother Colin, who is a successful coffee grower in Brazil. Colin becomes Stella's evening escort, and eventually the two fall in love. They talk about leaving together for Brazil, but Stella later tells Colin that she cannot leave Maurice, who now realizes that Dr. Harvester has lied about his recovery. The next morning, Maurice's private nurse, Wayland, discovers her patient's dead body. Although Dr. Harvester believes Maurice's death was caused by an embolism, Wayland accuses Stella of murdering her husband so that she can leave with Colin. Mrs. Trent, aware of Stella and Colin's relationship, recalls that she was the last to see Maurice earlier that morning. At that time, she reveals, she watched him swallow a fatal dose of sleeping pills. Wayland apologizes to Stella, and when Stella decides to return with Colin to his plantation, Mrs. Trent embraces the couple, telling them that this is what Maurice had ... +


Shortly after a wealthy Englishman, Maurice Trent, marries an American named Stella Houghton, his legs are paralyzed in an airplane accident. Although he realizes that Maurice will never walk again, his physician, Dr. Harvester, tells the injured man that he will operate in five months, leading Maurice to believe that he will recover. On the suggestion of his neighbor, Major Liconda, Maurice sends for his brother Colin, who is a successful coffee grower in Brazil. Colin becomes Stella's evening escort, and eventually the two fall in love. They talk about leaving together for Brazil, but Stella later tells Colin that she cannot leave Maurice, who now realizes that Dr. Harvester has lied about his recovery. The next morning, Maurice's private nurse, Wayland, discovers her patient's dead body. Although Dr. Harvester believes Maurice's death was caused by an embolism, Wayland accuses Stella of murdering her husband so that she can leave with Colin. Mrs. Trent, aware of Stella and Colin's relationship, recalls that she was the last to see Maurice earlier that morning. At that time, she reveals, she watched him swallow a fatal dose of sleeping pills. Wayland apologizes to Stella, and when Stella decides to return with Colin to his plantation, Mrs. Trent embraces the couple, telling them that this is what Maurice had wished. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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