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The Right of Way (1931)

TV-G  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  7 February 1931 (USA)
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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 »




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Complete credited cast:
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 ...
Brandon Hurst ...
Crown Attorney


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 <>

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Drama | Romance






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7 February 1931 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reels #4221-4228 and #4138 (trailer) See more »


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


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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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Snobbish Canadian Lawyer Turns Into Regular Guy
5 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was a waste of time. The acting was awful and the plot was thin.

In Quebec, Canada a snobbish lawyer who dislikes his wife is beaten and left for dead on the waterfront. He is found by the man he had recently represented in Court and won an acquittal. But he sort of lost his memory after the beating and takes a job with the local tailor. While in the rural area of Quebec, he falls in love with "Rosalie" but cannot marry her because he sort of remembers that he is still married to the woman he dislikes.

I suggest that you watch the first 10 minutes of this movie and the last 5 minutes. That seems to be enough to know what happened without wasting all of your time.

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