The Flame Within

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MGM's The Flame Within was the second entry in the "psychiatric" film-cycle inaugurated by Paramount's Private Worlds. Ann Harding stars as female psychiatrist Mary White, who likes to think that she is personally above her patients' emotional problems. This proves not to be the case when Mary takes a more than professional interest in the plight of self-destructive alcoholic Jack Kerry (Louis Hayward). Also involved in this situation is Kerry's troubled fiancee Lillian Belton (Maureen O'Sullivan), who has twice attempted suicide out of love for the man. Thus, Mary's dilemma is compounded: she has fallen in love with Kerry herself, and where does that leave poor Lillian? A little shaky in terms of psychology, The Flame Within works best on a purely melodramatic level.


Ann Harding
as Dr. Mary White
Louis Hayward
as Jack Kerry
Herbert Marshall
as Dr. Gordon Phillips
Maureen O'Sullivan
as Linda Belton
Henry Stephenson
as Jock Frazier
Margaret Seddon
as Mrs. Grenfell
Eily Malyon
as Murdock
Isabelle Keith
as Nurse Carter
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