The Right to Happiness

The Light (Working title)

Directed by: Allen Holubar, USA, 1919

USA, 1919
Plakatmotiv The Right to Happiness, © Universal Film Manufacturing Company

Cast and Credits

Production Universal Film Manufacturing Company
Distribution Universal Film Manufacturing Company
Director Allen Holubar
Assistant Director B. Reeves Eason [(as Reeves Eason)]
Scenario Allen Holubar [(as Allen J. Holubar)]
Olga Linek Scholl
Story Allen Holubar
Director of Photography Allen Holubar
Harry B. Harris [(as Harry Harris)]
Alfred H. Lathem [(as Al Lathem)]
Composer Max Winkler [Musical accompaniment arranger]
Editor Frank Lawrence [(editor in chief)]
Viola Mallory
Cast Dorothy Phillips [Sonia (Dorothee) / Vivian]
William Stowell [Tom Hardy (Tom Harby)]
Robert Anderson [Paul]
Henry A. Barrows [Hardcastle (as Henry Barrows)]
Winter Hall [Forrester]
Margaret Mann [Mother Hardy]
Hector V. Sarno [Sergius (as Hector Sarno)]
Stanhope Wheatcroft [Monte]
Alma Bennett [Lily (or: Selly)]
Rachel Moline [Child Twin #1]
Esther Moline [Child Twin #2]
Maxine Elliott Hicks
Hugh Saxon [(not credited)]

Technical specifications
Category: Feature Film
Technical Details: Format: 35 mm, 1:1,33 - Ratio: 1:1,33 - Black and White,, 7886 feet, 8 reels, 18 frames per second
Sound System: silent
First Screening: August 11, 1919 in Los Angeles, California theatre
US Copyright: September 02, 1919 - ©LP.14145
Survival Status: Incomplete Prints of this picture are known [Archiv: EYE Filmmuseum (Amsterdam)]
Szenenphoto aus The Right to Happiness, © Universal Film Manufacturing Company

Reviews in German: Nur etwas mehr als die Hälfte dieses kontroversen Melodrams hat überlebt, was eine kritische Betrachtung zum Film erschwert. Ohne Zweifel liegt Holubars Stärke im Inszenieren von dramatischen Aktionsszenen, etwa in den Anfangsszenen des Pogroms in St. Petersburg oder der Mobilisierung in den kommunistischen Parteiversammlungen. Hier brilliert auch Dorothy Phillips als Sonia (in der niederländischen Kopie Dorothee genannt). Leider geht viel von der Paralellmontage Holubars verloren, weil hier offensichtlich wichtige Teile des Films fehlen, so dass war der Handlungsstrom nach wie vor erkennbar ist, nicht aber die dramaturgische Struktur des Films gewahrt ist. Ob dies eventuell bereits in der ursprünglichen niederländischen Verleihkopie der Filma Amsterdam der Fall war, lässt sich wohl nicht mehr feststellen. (lhg 2017)
Remarks and general Information in German: Camera! nennt als Kameramannänner Fred Granville, H. Harris und Al Nathan (September 13, 1919, pg 12)

General Information

The Right to Happiness is a motion picture produced in the year 1919 as a USA production. The Film was directed by Allen Holubar, with Dorothy Phillips, William Stowell, Robert Anderson, Henry A. Barrows, Winter Hall, in the leading parts. We have currently no synopsis of this picture on file;

Bibliography - Camera, September 13, 1919, pg 12
- Exhibitor's Trade Review, 13 September 1919, pg 1285.
- The Motion Picture News, May 10, 1919, pg 3048
- The Motion Picture News, June 14, 1919, pg 3988
- The Motion Picture News, July 19, 1919, pg 750.
- The Motion Picture News, August 16, 1919, pp 1410, 1443.
- The Motion Picture News, 30 August 1919, pg 1869.
- The Moving Picture Weekly, January, 1920, pg 3.
- The Moving Picture Weekly, March 13, 1920, pp 26-26
- The Moving Picture World, March 29, 1919, pg 1794.
- The Moving Picture World, 5 July 1919, pg 116.
- The Moving Picture World, 23 August 1919, pp 1175-76.
- New York Times, 1 September 1919, pg 5.
- Photoplay Magazine, October 1919, pg 80
- Variety, September 5, 1919, pg 61.
- Wid's Film Daily, February 19, 1919, pg 22
- Wid's Film Daily, June 26, 1919, pg 5
- Wid's Film Daily, July 1, 1919, pg 2
- Wid's Film Daily, 24 August 1919, pg 23.
- Richard E. Braff, The Universal Silents, Jefferson 1999, No. 6716
- Catalogo del Cinema Muto, Pordenone 2017, pp 221-224

Unter anderem wurde der Film bei folgenden Filmfestivals aufgeführt:

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