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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:
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Charley 'Beauty' Steele
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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
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Suzette
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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. 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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Drama | Romance

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7 February 1931 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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In September 1928, Warner Bros. Pictures purchased a majority interest in First National Pictures and from that point on, all "First National" productions were actually made under Warner Bros. control, even though the two companies continued to retain separate identities until the mid-1930's, after which time "A Warner Bros.-First National Picture" was often used. See more »

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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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You people don't get it, this is a comedy!
1 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am giving The Right of Way (1930 copyright date on the opening credits, not 1931) a perfect 10. Never have I laughed so hard and so prolonged through any motion picture. This movie is completely priceless and proves you don't have to see anyone slip on a banana peel in order to laugh until you are breathless and giddy from lack of oxygen.

Conrad Nagel got his start in silent pictures and was a romantic lead in many B and A pictures over the years. Because of his politics Louis B. Mayer disliked him and often put him in silly vehicles which didn't show off his acting talents to their best advantage. Conrad is obviously hamming it up through this picture, maybe to get even with Louis B., maybe because he just wanted to have some fun with a deadly dull and stupid early talkie script.

Conrad makes this picture. He's the funniest thing I've ever seen in my life. Forget Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy and WC Fields. Conrad in The Right of Way is the right way to go for complete belly laughs until you drop.

See this movie! But don't take it seriously or you'll miss the point!


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