Turn to the Right

Turn To The Right is an extant 1922 American silent comedy drama film directed by Rex Ingram and starring Alice Terry.[2] The film is based on a 1916 Broadway play Turn to the Right by Winchell Smith and John E. Hazzard.[3]

Turn to the Right
Australian daybill
Directed byRex Ingram
Written byJune Mathis (scenario)
Mary O'Hara (scenario)
Based onTurn to the Right
by Winchell Smith and John E. Hazzard
StarringAlice Terry
Jack Mulhall
CinematographyJohn F. Seitz
Distributed byMetro Pictures
Release date
  • February 12, 1922 (1922-02-12) (US)[1]
Running time
8 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[4] Joe Bascom (Mulhall), the only son of a poor widow (Knott) in a Connecticut village, is in love with Elsie Tillinger (Terry), daughter of Deacon Tillinger (Connelly), the town's richest and meanest man. The deacon has more ambitious plans for his daughter and Joe, discouraged, leaves home determined to make his way life and return and marry Elsie. She promises to wait for him and together they plan their "dream house." In the city Joe falls in with the race track crowd and finally finds employment with Mr. Morgan (Mayne), a wealthy race horse owner. Joe sends money home frequently and then writes that he has saved $2,000 and will be coming home. Seeing a chance for a final "killing," he wagers the $2,000 on the horses and makes $20,000. Just as he is collecting the money, he is arrested on a charge of stealing the money from his employer, with the thief really being Mr. Morgan's son Lester (Ripley). Joe is sent to the penitentiary and while there meets Gilly (Myers) and Mugsy (Cooper). The three are finally released from prison, and Joe returns home to prevent his mother from being swindled out of her farm by Deacon Tillinger. In this, Joe is assisted by the two crooks who arrive in town by chance via a railroad box car, and they straighten out the widow's financial affairs. The crooks are turned from their ways by the charm of the widow, and they find themselves two sweet country girls. Through fortunate chance and far-fetched business ventures, Joe becomes rich and he and Elsie build their dream house.




A copy of Turn to the Right is preserved at the George Eastman House Motion Picture Collection in Rochester, New York.[5]


  1. "Turn to the Right". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  2. "Progressive Silent Film List: Turn to the Right". silentera.com. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  3. League, The Broadway. "Turn to the Right! – Broadway Show – Play - IBDB". Ibdb.com. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  4. "Reviews: Turn to the Right". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 14 (7): 65. February 11, 1922.
  5. "Library of Congress Performing Arts Database: Turn To The Right". Lcweb2.loc.gov. 21 October 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
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