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The Right of Way Reviews

Nagel is a dapper Quebec attorney. He has an unhappy marriage and is constantly harrassed for money by his brother-in-law. When the punk steals some money from Nagel, the lawyer goes searching for him and ends up in a waterfront saloon. There Nagel gets knocked around by some thugs and ends up losing his memory. Not knowing who he is or what he does, Nagel becomes a tailor and falls for a young post-office clerk; but eventually his memory returns and he has no choice but to go back to his wife. Luckily for him the woman has believed him to be dead and has consequently remarried. This is the third version of the story after two silent filmings, one in 1915 and the other in 1920. Sound doesn't do much for the story, an overly dramatic cliche-ridden soaper. The dialog is simplistic and overwritten. The cast tries awfully hard and ends up being awfully trying. Nagel is miscast with the worst results.