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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 ... More Less

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. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
24 Jul 15
pp. 161-62, 185
MPN
29 May 15
p. 47.
MPN
17 Jul 15
p. 117.
MPW
14 Aug 15
p. 38.
MPW
14 Aug 15
pp. 1231-32.
NYDM
14 Jul 15
p. 28.
Variety
9 Jul 15
p. 17.
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LITERARY
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).
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 July 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
19 July 1915
Copyright Number:
LP6469
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
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 ... +


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. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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