The Right to Love (1920 film)

For other uses, see Right to Love (disambiguation).
The Right to Love

Still with Mae Murray
Directed by George Fitzmaurice
Written by Ouida Bergère
Based on L'Homme qui assassina
by Claude Farrère
L'Homme qui assassina
by Pierre Frondaie
Starring Mae Murray
David Powell
Holmes Herbert
Cinematography Arthur C. Miller
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • September 5, 1920 (1920-09-05)
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Right to Love is a 1920 American silent drama film directed by George Fitzmaurice. It stars Mae Murray, David Powell and Holmes Herbert. The film is based on the French novel L'Homme qui assassina, by Claude Farrère and the play of the same name by Pierre Frondaie. A copy of the film is preserved in the Nederlands Filmmuseum.[1][2]


As described in a film magazine,[3] summoned in her desperation to help her in her anguish at the threatened separation from her child, American soldier Colonel Richard Loring (Powell) is witness to the blackguard conspiracy of Lord Archibald Falkland (Herbert) to dishonor his wife. Lady Falkland (Murray) married the English ambassador to Turkey to satisfy her father's greed for wealth, and was a youthful sweetheart of Loring's in America. Their romance was shattered by her enforced marriage to the Ambassador, who insists on keeping in their home in Constantinople his mistress Lady Edith (Tell), an English woman. These two plot the compromise of the wife in a situation with Prince Cerniwicz (Harlam) and her separation from her boy Little Archibald (Johnson), and the outcome is the murder of Lord Falkland by the Colonel. Because of a remembered obligation, a Turkish nobleman (Losee) throws the guilt from Loring and the two lovers are reunited.



  1. Progressive Silent Film List: The Right to Love at
  2. Unsung Divas website by Greta DeGroat: Mae Murray
  3. "Reviews: The Right to Love". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 11 (8): 87. August 21, 1920.

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