The Turn in the Road

The Turn in the Road is a 1919 American silent drama film directed by King Vidor and was his first feature film. It is not known whether the film currently survives,[1] which suggests that it is a lost film.

The Turn in the Road
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Directed byKing Vidor
Written byKing Vidor
StarringGeorge Nichols
Distributed byRobertson-Cole
Release date
  • March 29, 1919 (1919-03-29)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[2] Paul Perry (Hughes), the son of wealthy iron manufacturer Hamilton Perry (Nichols), openly loves the younger daughter of Reverend Matthew Barker (Hall), while the older daughter, who is more practical, secretly loves him. The young couple get married, and a child is born a year later but the mother dies. Almost insane with grief, the husband reproaches the clergyman for having preached a doctrine of a God who inflicts His children with sorrow. Unable to reconcile himself with his sorrow, he leaves for the slums of Chicago and searches for the truth in connection with the purpose of God. Meanwhile, his son Bob (Alexander) is cared for by the wife's sister. Paul decides to leave Chicago on a freight train, and returns to his home town and spends the night in his father's barn. The next morning Bob, who has spent the night with his grandfather, goes out to the barn to feed some puppies and discovers the sleeping man in the hay. They talk, and Paul's sister-in-law comes to the barn and recognizes him, while Paul discovers that the child is his. There is also a subplot involving a feud between the wealthy iron manufacturer and his workers.



  1. Progressive Silent Film List: The Turn in the Road at
  2. MacDonald, Margaret I. (March 29, 1919). "Reviews and Advertising Aids: The Turn in the Road". Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Company. 39 (13): 1841. Retrieved August 19, 2014.

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