The Right to Romance

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The Right to Romance
Directed by Alfred Santell
Produced by Merian C. Cooper
Screenplay by Sidney Buchman
Henry McCarty
Story by Myles Connolly
Starring Ann Harding
Robert Young
Nils Asther
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Lucien Andriot
Edited by Ralph Dietrich
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • November 17, 1933 (1933-11-17)
Running time
65, 67 or 70 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English

The Right to Romance is a 1933 American Pre-Code drama film starring Ann Harding and Robert Young and released by RKO Radio Pictures.


A successful plastic surgeon (Ann Harding) meets a local playboy (Robert Young) and impulsively marries him.


Preservation status[edit]

This is one of the "lost RKO films" owned by Merian C. Cooper and only re-released in April 2007 when Turner Classic Movies acquired the rights and showed all six films on TCM.

Cooper accused RKO of not paying him all the money contractually due for the films he produced in the 1930s. A settlement was reached in 1946, giving Cooper complete ownership of six RKO titles:

According to an interview with a retired RKO executive, shown as a promo on TCM, Cooper withdrew the films, only allowing them to be shown on television in 1955-1956 in New York City.

In 2006, Turner Classic Movies, which had acquired the rights to the six films after extensive legal negotiations, broadcast them on TCM in April 2007, their first full public exhibition in over 70 years. TCM, in association with the Library of Congress and the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Archive, had searched many film archives throughout the world to find copies of the films in order to create new 35mm prints.[2][3][4]


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