The Right to Live

The Right to Live

Josephine Hutchinson
Director: William Keighley Cast: Josephine Hutchinson
Josephine Hutchinson
, George Brent
George Brent
, Colin Clive
Colin Clive
William Keighley




The Right to Live was the second film version of Somerset Maugham's The Sacred Flame (the first, produced in 1929, starred Conrad Nagel), which in its original form posed the question "Can there truly be such a thing as a mercy killing?" Put simply, it is the tragic tale of two brothers: Colin Trent (George Brent), strong and virile, and Maurice Trent (Colin Clive), crippled and bedridden. Though there's no hope for Maurice's recovery, his wife Stella (Josephine Hutchinson) has vowed -- publicly at least -- to remain faithfully by his side until the bitter end. When that end finally comes, the family doctor declares that Maurice has died a natural death. But Nurse Weyland (Peggy Wood), who has long suspected that something has been going on between Stella and her healthy brother-in-law Colin, believes that Maurice was murdered. Her insistence upon an autopsy is as much a product of her dedication to duty as to her own silent yearning for Colin. Thanks to the newly-strengthened Production Code, Maugham's powerful ending could not be used, thereby watering down what might have been a truly compelling and controversial film.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/15/2013
UPC: 0883316690376
Original Release: 1935
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:09:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Josephine Hutchinson Stella Houghton
George Brent Colin Trent
Colin Clive Maurice Trent
Peggy Wood Nurse Wayland
Henrietta Crosman Mrs. Trent
C. Aubrey Smith Maj. Liconda
Leo G. Carroll Dr. Harvester
Phyllis Coghlan Maid
Gunnis Davis Gardner
Forrester Harvey English Bobbie
Halliwell Hobbes Sir Stephen Barr
Claude King Mr. Pride
Vesey O'Davoren Waiter
Jack Richardson Chauffeur
Nella Walker Mrs. Pride

Technical Credits
William Keighley Director
Ralph Block Screenwriter
Esdras Hartley Art Director
Sidney Hickox Cinematographer
Jack Killifer Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Right to Live
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [10:06]
5. Chapter 5 [9:52]
6. Chapter 6 [10:02]
7. Chapter 7 [9:04]

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