The Sacred Flame (1931 film)

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The Sacred Flame
Directed byWilliam Dieterle
Berthold Viertel
Produced byHenry Blanke
Written byHeinrich Fraenkel
W. Somerset Maugham (play)
Berthold Viertel
StarringGustav Fröhlich
Dita Parlo
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski
CinematographyFrank Kesson
Distributed byWarner Brothers
Release date
April 1931
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Sacred Flame (German: Die heilige Flamme) is a lost 1931 American drama film directed by William Dieterle and Berthold Viertel and starring Gustav Fröhlich, Dita Parlo and Hans Heinrich von Twardowski. It was made by Warner Brothers as a German-language remake of the studio's 1929 film The Sacred Flame.[1][2] It is based upon the play of the same name by W. Somerset Maugham.


Rudolf Arnheim said "It is incomprehensible how such a film can be launched in a large cinema, rather than being chastely hidden away from the eyes of any kind of criticism."[3]



  1. ^ Waldman, Harry (2000). "Germany". Missing reels : lost films of American and European cinema. Jefferson, NC [u.a.]: McFarland. p. 83. ISBN 0-7864-0724-7.
  2. ^ Waldman, Harry; Slide, Anthony. Hollywood and the Foreign Touch: A Dictionary of Foreign Filmmakers and Their Films from America, 1910-1995. Scarecrow Press. p. 133. ISBN 9780810831926.
  3. ^ Arnheim, Rudolf; translated by Benthien, Brenda (1997). Film essays and criticism. Madison: Wis. pp. 164–165. ISBN 0299152642.

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