The Sacred Flame (1929 film)

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The Sacred Flame
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Directed by Archie Mayo
Written by Harvey F. Thew
De Leon Anthony
Based on The Sacred Flame by Somerset Maugham
Starring Pauline Frederick
Conrad Nagel
Lila Lee
William Courtenay
Cinematography James Van Trees
Edited by James Gibbon
Warner Bros.
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
November 24, 1929
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Sacred Flame is a 1929 film directed by Archie Mayo, starring Pauline Frederick and Conrad Nagel, and based on a 1928 Broadway play of the same title by Somerset Maugham. [1] It is now considered a lost film. [2] Two years later Warner Brothers remade the film in German The Sacred Flame . In 1935 a second remake The Right to Live was made starring Colin Clive and George Brent.



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  1. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:..The Sacred Flame
  2. "The Films of Pauline Frederick". Greta de Groat, Metadata Librarian for Electronic and Visual Resources, Stanford University. Retrieved May 8, 2016.