Living Dangerously (film)

Living Dangerously is a 1936 British drama film directed by Herbert Brenon and starring Otto Kruger, Leonora Corbett and Francis Lister. It was made at Elstree Studios.[1] The film's sets were designed by the art director Cedric Dawe. In New York City a successful doctor shoots dead a man who calls at his apartment one night, then explains to his friend the district attorney the reason: He and the dead man had run a medical practice in London which was broken up amidst charges of medical malpractice.

Living Dangerously
Directed byHerbert Brenon
Produced byWalter C. Mycroft
Written byReginald Simpson (play)
Frank Gregory (play)
Dudley Leslie
Marjorie Deans
Geoffrey Kerr
StarringOtto Kruger
Leonora Corbett
Francis Lister
CinematographyBryan Langley
Edited byFlora Newton
Distributed byWardour Films
Release date
9 March 1936
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom



Writing for The Spectator in 1936, Graham Greene gave the film a good review describing it as "quite worth watching for [] at local cinemas". Claiming that the film is "not a very satisfying film", Greene was nevertheless impressed by the criticisms the film made against the legal system and he noted that although "we are used to America criticizing her institutions on the screen, [] it is unusual [in England] for a picture with some bite and bitterness to get past the censor."[2]


  1. Wood p.86
  2. Greene, Graham (17 July 1936). "Poppy/Living Dangerously/Charlie Chan at the Circus". The Spectator. (reprinted in: Taylor, John Russell, ed. (1980). The Pleasure Dome. pp. 88–89. ISBN 0192812866.)


  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.
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