The Sacred Flame

  • 1929
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

This early talkie, adapted from W. Somerset Maugham's play, suffers from the director's inexperience in handling dialog. The film is no more than a stiff rendition of the stage play. Some of the major problems at the time were the cumbersome soundproof cameras and stationary microphones that limited actors' movement. Nagel plays a WW I vet crippled in a...read more

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This early talkie, adapted from W. Somerset Maugham's play, suffers from the director's inexperience in handling dialog. The film is no more than a stiff rendition of the stage play. Some of the major problems at the time were the cumbersome soundproof cameras and stationary microphones

that limited actors' movement. Nagel plays a WW I vet crippled in a plane crash on the day of his wedding to Lee. The veteran is confined to a wheelchair, and his wife begins an affair with his brother, Byron. Frederick, Nagel's mother, ends her crippled son's life so he won't discover what has

been going on behind his back.

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