The Right of Way


1915

Brief Synopsis

Snobbish attorney Charles 'Beauty' Steele loses his wife due to his drinking and his airs 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.

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 19, 1915
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Rolfe Photoplays, Inc.
Distribution Company
Metro Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Right of Way by Sir Gilbert Parker (New York, 1901) and the play of the same name by Eugene W. Presbrey (New York, 4 Nov 1907).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
5 reels

Synopsis

Charlie Steele, an unpopular but brilliant criminal lawyer who uses liquor for inspiration, secures the acquittal of Joe Portugaise, whom he believes is guilty of murder. Steele marries Kathleen Wantage, although there is no love between them, and five years later they become estranged when she thinks that he stole money that her dissolute brother Billy really took. After Steele, now a drunkard, fights in a saloon and is thrown into a lake, Portugaise rescues him. Steele's subsequent amnesia lasts for a year, after which he learns that Kathleen has remarried. In the northern Canadian village where Portugaise takes him, Steele is shunned for being a heretic by all but Rosalie, who nurses him and tries unsuccessfully to convert him. When Billy arrives and sets the church on fire, Steele saves the sacred vessels. Later, Steele is mortally wounded when Billy tries to rob the collection to rebuild the church. Steele sees death personified as the grim reaper and a vision of Rosalie. He then accepts the church's teachings, is baptized and dies.

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 19, 1915
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Rolfe Photoplays, Inc.
Distribution Company
Metro Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Right of Way by Sir Gilbert Parker (New York, 1901) and the play of the same name by Eugene W. Presbrey (New York, 4 Nov 1907).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
5 reels

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Notes

Other films made from the same source were produced in 1920 by Metro (see below) and in 1931 by Warner Bros., starring Conrad Nagel and Loretta Young.