The Right Way (1921)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Prison Film  |  
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Synopsis by Janiss Garza

Influenced by his environment, a poor boy (Sidney D'Albrook) winds up in prison. So does a rich boy (Joseph Marquis), who commits forgery. They suffer through the old methods of running a prison, and when the poor boy gets out, he winds up getting sent back in again. This time there is a new warden (Thomas Brooks) who has made some positive changes and the prisoners receive better treatment. When the gang member who ratted on the poor boy is murdered, the wrong man is accused of the crime. He is sentenced to death, and both the poor boy and rich boy -- who have become friends -- escape from prison to try to save him. They are unsuccessful, and an innocent man goes to the electric chair. The governor is shocked that this has happened, and he pardons the two young men who worked so hard to set things right. Now that they are free, the pair are able to reunite with their sweethearts (Vivienne Osborn and Helen Ferguson). This preachy drama was produced by prison reformer Thomas Mott Osborne, who was the warden at Sing Sing and, during the war, warden at the U.S. Naval Prison at Portsmouth, NH.



chair, convict, forgery, friendship, parole, prison, reform [improve], son, victim