The Toll Gate


1h 13m 1920

Brief Synopsis

Outlaw Black Deering leads a band of desperadoes, but decides to give up the bandit life. Agreeing to go on one last job with his gang, he is captured when his henchman Jordan betrays the gang for the reward. Deering escapes and determines to avenge himself on Jordan.

Film Details

Release Date
Apr 25, 1920
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
William S. Hart Co.
Distribution Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.; Artcraft Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 13m
Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White (tinted)
Film Length
5,590ft (5 reels)

Synopsis

"The Raiders," an outlaw band led by Black Deering, has eluded the law for three years. After Jordan, Deering's "lieutenant," convinces the band, against Deering's wishes, to perform one last train robbery, the band is met by an army waiting for them on the train. Deering is captured and Jordan receives a reward. An officer, remembering that Deering earlier rode eighty miles to warn an army post of an impending Apache attack, convinces the others to look away while Deering escapes. At a border town, Deering robs and burns down Jordan's cantina and is pursued by Jordan's band of Mexicans and the sheriff's posse. Because Deering rescues a drowning child, the child's mother, Mary Brown, allows him to pose as her husband. Learning that Mary is Jordan's deserted wife, Deering is tempted to rape her to avenge himself against Jordan, but overcomes his anger. After Deering assists the posse to route the Mexicans, he struggles with Jordan and pushes him off a cliff. Allowed to go free because they are in Mexico, Deering kisses Mary, who returns to the United States.

Film Details

Release Date
Apr 25, 1920
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
William S. Hart Co.
Distribution Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.; Artcraft Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 13m
Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White (tinted)
Film Length
5,590ft (5 reels)

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Notes

Modern sources list the film's source as an original story by Hart entitled "By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them." Some scenes in the film were shot in Sonoma and Tuolomne Counties, CA. The film was re-issued later in the 1920's to the state rights market by Sandee Pictures.