Fun Size Review: The Toll Gate (1920)

William S. Hart gets dark (well, darker than usual) in this western revenge yarn. He is supported by Anna Q. Nilsson, whose sensitive performance does much to enhance the picture.

This is a bleak, violent and adult look at the west and it’s one of Hart’s best. A perfect introduction for anyone hoping to embrace some of the darker, more grownup silent westerns.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
Hart kills his man but declines an opportunity to settle down with Nilsson seeing as how the corpse was once her husband.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Chocolate Whiskey Mousse. The perfect balance of grownup elements with a nice bite on the end.

Availability: Released on DVD by Flicker Alley. (This edition is identical to the Image release that is now out of print.)


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