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The Outer Gate (1937)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  4 August 1937 (USA)
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Bob Terry is in love with Lois Borden the daughter of his employer, John Borden. When some bonds are missing from the office, Bob is accused and because of Borden's strong sense of ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Kay Linaker ...
Lois Borden
Bob Terry
Eddie Acuff ...
Todd (as Edward Acuff)
Charles Brokaw ...


Bob Terry is in love with Lois Borden the daughter of his employer, John Borden. When some bonds are missing from the office, Bob is accused and because of Borden's strong sense of obligation to his stockholders, Bob is railroaded to prison. A few years later, the real thief is apprehended and Bob is released. He now begins his plan for revenge against Borden with the aid of his prison cell mate Todd and a gangster, John Carmody. Soon, some bonds are missing again and Borden knows Bob is involved but because Bob has suffered at his hands before, Borden assumes the responsibility and is about to be sentenced to prison. Todd is shot while trying to steal the bonds back from Carmody, but gets the bonds back to Bob and, before he dies, begs Bob to return them to the owner. Written by Les Adams <>

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BEHIND PRISON BARS! He came to know the torment he had caused another, younger man...but he couldn't erase the image of his own daughter in the arms of his jailer! See more »


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Cheap revenge tale
23 February 2009 | by (Midland, GA) – See all my reviews

Insipid story about a young construction engineer (Alexander) falsely accused of embezzlement by his boss. The court sentences him to 15 years, but through a deus ex machina he only serves five. All this time Borden, the employer, has suffered a guilty conscience and wants to make amends, but Bob sees this only as an opportunity to satisfy his thirst for revenge. With the help of his cell-mate Acuff (released at the same time on parole) and a crooked nightclub owner, Bob's scheme works like clockwork. But will he go through with allowing the old man wrongly to get sent up for the same crime the old man accused him of?

I was left wondering, if Bob and Lois grew up friends together and Borden had known Bob forever, why Borden was so quick in accusing Bob of the crime in the first place. Though this is a forgettable picture, it does leave one with questions of how you would act if you were sent to prison for a crime you didn't commit. The message of this story is clear: just forgive everybody and move on.

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