The Toll Gate (1920)
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The Toll Gate (1920)
As indicated by his character name "Black Deering," William S. Hart is a far from lovable outlaw at the beginning of The Toll Gate. Hart is slowly redeemed through the love of a good woman (Anne Q. Nillson) and her young son (Master Richard Headrick). Thus when Hart squares off against the woman's brute of a husband (Joseph Singleton), guess who we're rooting for? Given its potential for a Hollywoodized happy ending, The Toll Gate ends on a surprisingly realistic note. William S. Hart himself penned the film's script, adapting his own short story By Their Fruits Ye Shall… More