The Flame (1947 film)

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The Flame
The flame poster 1947.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John H. Auer
Produced by John H. Auer
Screenplay by Lawrence Kimble
Story by Robert T. Shannon
Starring John Carroll
Vera Ralston
Robert Paige
Broderick Crawford
Music by Heinz Roemheld
Cinematography Reggie Lanning
Edited by Richard L. Van Enger
Distributed by Republic Pictures
Release date
  • November 24, 1947 (1947-11-24)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Flame is a 1947 American film noir crime film produced and directed by John H. Auer and starring John Carroll, Vera Ralston, Robert Paige and Broderick Crawford.[1]


A man (Carroll) induces an ambitious nurse (Ralston) to marry for the money his rich brother (Paige) who has a terminal disease.



Critical response[edit]

The critic at The New York Times panned the film, "The sole distinction of The Flame, a rambling, inept bit of claptrap which sidled into the Gotham yesterday, is the bleakly amusing fact that most of the performers seem either bored or amused with the whole thing. And no wonder. There is a grim, unimaginative which-brother-do-I-love plot, centering on Vera Ralston."[2]

Film historian and critic Hal Erickson discussed the production values in his brief review, "In terms of both budget and histrionic level, The Flame is one of the most lavish of Republic Pictures' late-1940s productions."[3]


A new restoration of Driftwood by Paramount Pictures, The Film Foundation, and Martin Scorsese will screen at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on February 3, 2018. The screening is part of the museum's program of showcasing 30 restored films from the library of Republic Pictures curated by Scorsese.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Flame at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  2. ^ At the Gotham. The New York Times Film review, 20 February 1948. Accessed: 20 August 2013.
  3. ^ Erickson, Hal. Allmovie by Rovi, film review, no date. Accessed: 20 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Martin Scorsese Presents Republic Rediscovered: New Restorations from Paramount Pictures" (PDF). MoMA Press. The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 

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