Turn to the Right (1922)

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Rex Ingram's talents as a director are very much in evidence in this drama, which is leavened by a sizable dose of comedy, courtesy of Harry Myers and George Cooper. Ingram all but allows them to steal the show, which keeps an otherwise maudlin tale from becoming too overbearing. When Joe Bascom (Jack Mulhall) leaves the farm to experience life in the big city, he predictably gets himself into trouble. Ultimately, he is sent up the river for a crime he did not commit. But his time in jail is not all bad -- he meets fellow prisoners Gilly and Mugsy (Myers and Cooper), who turn out to be true friends. When they are released, Bascom takes them back home, where he discovers that his mother (Lydia Knott) is about to be swindled out of her peach orchard by Deacon Tillinger (Edward Connelly). The three friends save Mrs. Bascom's property, and Joe falls in love with Tillinger's daughter, Elsie (Alice Terry). This picture was based on the successful stage play by Winchell Smith and Jack Hazzard.

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family-disapproval, father, fortune [wealth], going-straight, homestead, imprisonment, land-scheme, love, marriage, mother, sister, widow/widower