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The Outer Gate (August 4, 1937)

The Outer Gate
 

Released on August 4, 1937: (running time 63 minutes) A unique crime drama about two men with opposite moral values and the girl who loves them both.

Directed by Raymond Cannon

The Actors: Ralph Morgan (John Borden), Kay Linaker (Lois Borden), Ben Alexander (Bob Terry), Eddie Acuff (Todd Shannon), Charles Brokaw (Carmody), Robert W. Cummings (judge), Richard Cramer (foreman of the second jury)

 

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Revenge Served Hot and Sour

Roy Acuff is remembered as the “King of Country Music.” In 1952 legendary country music star Hank Williams claimed that Roy Acuff was the biggest singer that country music ever knew. Roy Acuff was the first country performer to start the evolution from hillbilly bands into solo singing stars. His older brother Eddie Acuff plays the part of ex-convict Todd Shannon in this crime revenge adventure. Eddie Acuff was a character actor in over 300 movies, and his part in this one is one of his largest parts.

In 1883, Railroads were spanning the country, but they had a huge problem. Every town, every county, every region, established their own idea of what time it was. There were no rules about what time zone a town should be in, because there were no time zones. It was almost impossible to create a meaningful schedule when time could go backwards from one town to another without any rhyme or reason. The railroads in the U.S. and Canada established the first boundaries for five distinct time zones in North America from the Atlantic to the Pacific, replacing thousands of different times from town to town.

That same summer, actor Ralph Morgan was born, brother of character actor Frank Morgan. Ralph Morgan is best remembered as a well-mannered gangster, but in this adventure, he is the star of the story, and he is the very good guy, John Borden. As the founder of a large construction company, John Borden tries to be a fair, and just leader. When one of his young rising stars is framed for stealing money from the company, the owner sadly turns him over to the police, and the young man will be sent to prison.

In prison, the young man and his cellmate Todd, played by Eddie Acuff, spend every day planning their revenge on the wealthy businessman. Soon the day comes when they have their opportunity for revenge, and they will frame the businessman so cleverly that he will be sent to prison unjustly, just like the young man was. The young man’s revenge is complete, as he watches in steely silence. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.  

Ben Alexander
Ben Alexander
Ben Alexander and Eddie Acuff
Ben Alexander and Eddie Acuff
Ben Alexander, Eddie Acuff
Ben Alexander, Eddie Acuff
Ben Alexander, Eddie Acuff
Ben Alexander, Eddie Acuff
Ben Alexander
Ben Alexander
Charles Brokaw
Charles Brokaw
Charles Brokaw, Ben Alexander
Charles Brokaw, Ben Alexander
Eddie Acuff
Eddie Acuff
Eddie Acuff, Kay Linaker
Eddie Acuff, Kay Linaker
Eddie Acuff
Eddie Acuff
Eddie Acuff
Eddie Acuff
Kay Linaker
Kay Linaker
Kay Linaker
Kay Linaker
Ralph Morgan
Ralph Morgan
Ralph Morgan, Kay Linaker
Ralph Morgan, Kay Linaker
Ralph Morgan
Ralph Morgan
Ralph Morgan
Ralph Morgan
Richard Cramer
Richard Cramer
Robert W. Cummings
Robert W. Cummings
Robert W. Cummings
Robert W. Cummings