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The Right of Way (1931)

TV-G | | Drama, Romance | 7 February 1931 (USA)
Snobbish attorney Charles 'Beauty' Steele loses his wife due to his drinking and his heirs at the same time that his brother-in-law absconds with funds belonging to one of Steele's clients.... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Lloyd (uncredited)

Writers:

Gilbert Parker (based on the novel by) (as Sir Gilbert Parker), Francis Edward Faragoh (screen adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Conrad Nagel ... Charley 'Beauty' Steele
Loretta Young ... Rosalie Evantural
Fred Kohler ... Joseph Portugais
William Janney ... Billy Wantage
Snitz Edwards ... Luis Trudel
George C. Pearce ... The Cure (as George Pearce)
Halliwell Hobbes ... The Siegneur (as Holliwell Hobbes)
Olive Tell ... Kathleen
Brandon Hurst ... Crown Attorney
Yola d'Avril ... Suzette
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Storyline

Snobbish attorney Charles 'Beauty' Steele loses his wife due to his drinking and his heirs at the same time that his brother-in-law absconds with funds belonging to one of Steele's clients. In search of the thief, Steele is attacked and left for dead. He is rescued by a kindly couple, but suffers from amnesia. He starts life afresh and is happy, until the return of his memory sends him back to resolve his old involvements. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1931 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Apparatus)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Completed in 1930, and reviewed in Photoplay Magazine August 1930 (on the newstands in July), release was delayed until February 1931. See more »

Goofs

Yola d'Avrils character name onscreen is "Suzette," but she is called only 'Suzanne." See more »

Connections

Remake of The Right of Way (1920) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne No. 2 in E-Flat Minor, Op. 9 No.2
(1830-1) (uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played on piano by Olive Tell
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13 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Right of Way, The (1931)

** (out of 4)

A hot shot, loud mouth and obnoxious attorney (Conrad Nagel) is beaten and left for death. A fisherman finds his body, takes him home and soon the attorney recovers but he can't remember who he is. With the help of a nurse (Loretta Young) he learns how to be nice but will the past catch up with him? This is one of those early talkies that talks way too much. In fact, I'd be willing to bet that this 65-minute movie had more dialogue than a three hour movie of its time. Another major problem is the casting of Nagel who delivers a very bad and embarrassing performance. Young isn't given much to do either. Previously made in 1915 and 1920.


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