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Author Gilbert Parker was knighted in 1902 after the success of this novel. A play based on the novel opened in New York on 4 Nov 1907. Metro filmed two different endings to the story: one followed the course of the novel with the death of the hero; the other was a "happy ending." The exhibitor could choose to show only one ending or both at different showings. Some scenes were shot in the forests near Monterey, CA, at Lake Tahoe, CA and in the Hollywood foothills. For information concerning other films based on the novel, see notes for the 1915 version ... More Less

Author Gilbert Parker was knighted in 1902 after the success of this novel. A play based on the novel opened in New York on 4 Nov 1907. Metro filmed two different endings to the story: one followed the course of the novel with the death of the hero; the other was a "happy ending." The exhibitor could choose to show only one ending or both at different showings. Some scenes were shot in the forests near Monterey, CA, at Lake Tahoe, CA and in the Hollywood foothills. For information concerning other films based on the novel, see notes for the 1915 version above. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
7 Feb 20
p. 1001.
MPN
14 Feb 20
p. 1749.
MPN
21 Feb 20
p. 1939.
MPN
15 May 20
p. 980.
MPW
14 Feb 20
p. 1116.
MPW
20 Mar 20
p. 1979.
New York Times
1 Mar 20
p. 16.
Variety
13 Feb 20
p. 48.
Variety
5 Mar 20
p. 63.
Wid's
1 Feb 20
p. 7.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art interiors
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Right of Way by Sir Gilbert Parker (New York and London, 1901).
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 February 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
13 February 1920
Copyright Number:
LP14741
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,340
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After Charley Steele, a cynical, hard-drinking, brilliant attorney, acquits Jo Portugais of murder, he contemptuously informs his client that he is "guilty as hell." Time passes and Steele, involved in a drunken brawl, is rescued by the man he condemned. Suffering from amnesia, he is taken to the village of Chaudiere and nursed back to health but steadfastedly refuses to profess a belief in God until he meets Rosalie, the Rose of Chaudiere, who restores his faith in mankind. One night, while protecting the funds of the church from two thieves, Steele is mortally wounded and dies redeemed in the arms of Rosalie. [In the alternate ending, Steele is shown venturing into the woods with Jo Portugais with the hope of resolving his doubts and asking Rosalie to marry ... +


After Charley Steele, a cynical, hard-drinking, brilliant attorney, acquits Jo Portugais of murder, he contemptuously informs his client that he is "guilty as hell." Time passes and Steele, involved in a drunken brawl, is rescued by the man he condemned. Suffering from amnesia, he is taken to the village of Chaudiere and nursed back to health but steadfastedly refuses to profess a belief in God until he meets Rosalie, the Rose of Chaudiere, who restores his faith in mankind. One night, while protecting the funds of the church from two thieves, Steele is mortally wounded and dies redeemed in the arms of Rosalie. [In the alternate ending, Steele is shown venturing into the woods with Jo Portugais with the hope of resolving his doubts and asking Rosalie to marry him.] +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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