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Washington, D.C. July 1920. "Poli's Theater, front." Now playing: Edith Taliaferro in "Keep to the Right," a five-reel silent melodrama about a Jewish girl's search for love -- a film that, in the words of the Washington Post, "is said to solve one of the persistent problems of modern life." National Photo Co. View full size.