The Light That Failed (1939)

The Light That Failed





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Based on a classic tale from Rudyard Kipling, this melodrama chronicles the desperate attempt of a painter to finish his greatest painting before he goes blind. His affliction is due to a war wound and his final project is to paint a portrait of London's most notorious prostitute. Trouble begins when the hooker falls deeply in love with the artist. Unfortunately, social mores forbid their union and this frustrates the wanton woman. Meanwhile, the artist feverishly continues to paint her. The … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Bob Carson
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Paramount Pictures


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as Bessie Broke

as Terpenhow

as The Nilghai

as Mme. Binat

as M. Binat

as Gardner

as Red-Haired Girl

as Dick as a boy

as Maisie as a Girl

as Soldier Model

as Cassavetti

as Soldier

as Soldier

as Flower woman

as Soldier

as War Correspondent

as Waitress

as Bullock

as Man with Bandaged Ey...

as Wells

as Little boy

as Old man with dark gl...

as Thackery

as Chops, the Officer

as War Correspondent

as Sick man

as Maisie as a Girl

as Soldier
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It is unevenly told, but Ida Lupino, as the girl who destroys her own portrait, makes the picture worth seeing.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
The Nation

Audience Reviews for The Light That Failed


A bit stodgy with Colman surprisingly a bit off in the lead but the supporting performances of Walter Huston and especially Ida Lupino make it worth seeing. Ida steals the picture handily.

jay nixon

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