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The Toll Gate (1920)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, Western | 15 April 1920 (USA)
After being betrayed to the law by one of his henchmen, a bandit leader seeks to avenge himself.


Lambert Hillyer


Lambert Hillyer




Complete credited cast:
William S. Hart ... Black Deering
Anna Q. Nilsson ... Mary Brown
Joseph Singleton ... Tom Jordan
Jack Richardson ... The Sheriff
Richard Headrick Richard Headrick ... The Little Feller (as Master Richard Headrick)


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. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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BLACK DEERING---bandit! Terror of three counties and good for nothing, except to handle a gun.But he could sure to that! (original print ad) See more »



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Black Deering: Horse, we gotta move again. That sheriff's sure an Indian for trailin'.
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What an odd ending!
20 April 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Toll Gate" is a silent William S. Hart film and it's rather similar to several other Hart films I have seen. Unlike later cowboy heroes, Hart quite often seemed to play bad guys with some good in them. Perhaps it's just that these films are the ones that somehow survived or he played the parts a lot. All I know is that it's the 3rd or 4th film of his I saw where he played a bad guy...well, a sort of bad guy! The film begins with a western gang leader (Hart) announcing to his men that they should disband and go their separate ways, as they're bound to get caught thanks to all the attention they got through their banditry. However, one of the gang, Jordan, insists that they go on one final mission--and the rest of the gang agrees. So, Hart goes along--only to discover that Jordan set them up! He manages to escape--because the soldiers who caught him remembered his good deed when he saved the fort from attack some time ago.

Much of the rest of the film consists of Hart's character running from the law. Eventually, it leads to the home of a woman and her child--her no-good husband had abandoned them long ago. Again, Hart's character does good and so the woman agrees to hide him from the law. But, when Jordan and his new gang attack, it's up to Hart to help save the day.

Overall, this was a very good western and I was prepared to give it at least a 7. However, the ending was quite strange and anti-climactic. Decent acting, a good story and a print that varies considerably in quality. It's worth seeing but if you aren't familiar with Hart's film, perhaps you might want to see another one first--one with an ending that won't disappoint.

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Release Date:

15 April 1920 (USA) See more »

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A vámsorompó See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonora, California, USA

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Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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