The Right to Love
Still from the film with Mae Murray printed in a 1920 issue of Motion Picture News
Directed byGeorge Fitzmaurice
Written byOuida Bergère
Based onL'Homme qui assassina
by Claude Farrère
L'Homme qui assassina
by Pierre Frondaie
Produced byAdolph Zukor
StarringMae Murray
David Powell
Holmes Herbert
CinematographyArthur C. Miller
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • September 5, 1920 (1920-09-05)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (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.[1][2]

Location shooting for the film was done in Miami, Florida and the Florida Keys.[3]


As described in a film magazine,[4] 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.

Lobby card



A complete print of The Right to Love is held by the EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Right to Love at
  2. ^ Unsung Divas website by Greta DeGroat: Mae Murray
  3. ^ "The Right to Love". Retrieved April 28, 2024.
  4. ^ "Reviews: The Right to Love". Exhibitors Herald. 11 (8). New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company: 87. August 21, 1920.
  5. ^ "American Silent Feature Film Database: The Right to Love". Library of Congress. Retrieved April 28, 2024.