The Flame (1947 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John H. Auer|
|Produced by||John H. Auer|
|Screenplay by||Lawrence Kimble|
|Story by||Robert T. Shannon|
|Music by||Heinz Roemheld|
|Edited by||Richard L. Van Enger|
|Distributed by||Republic Pictures|
A man (Carroll) induces an ambitious nurse (Ralston) to marry for the money his rich brother (Paige) who has a terminal disease.
- John Carroll as George MacAllister
- Vera Ralston as Carlotta Duval
- Robert Paige as Barry MacAllister
- Broderick Crawford as Ernie Hicks
- Henry Travers as Dr. Mitchell
- Hattie McDaniel as Celia
- Blanche Yurka as Aunt Margaret
- Constance Dowling as Helen Anderson
- Victor Sen Yung as Chang
- Harry Cheshire as the Minister
- John Miljan as Detective
- Garry Owen as Detective
- Eddie Dunn as Police Officer
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."
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."
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.
- The Flame at the American Film Institute Catalog.
- At the Gotham. The New York Times Film review, 20 February 1948. Accessed: 20 August 2013.
- Erickson, Hal. Allmovie by Rovi, film review, no date. Accessed: 20 August 2013.
- "Martin Scorsese Presents Republic Rediscovered: New Restorations from Paramount Pictures" (PDF). MoMA Press. The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 15 January 2018.