Within Our Gates (1915 film)
|Within Our Gates|
|Directed by||Frank Harvey|
|Written by||W. J. Lincoln|
|Based on||The Man Who Stayed at Home|
by J. E. Harold Terry and Lechmore Worrall
|19 July 1915|
|3,000 feet or 5,000 feel (75 mins)|
Within Our Gates, also known as Deeds that Won Gallipoli, is a 1915 Australian silent film about Australia's fight with the German Empire and the Ottoman Empire during World War I, including the landing at Gaba Tepe during the Gallipoli Campaign. The story was partly based on a play The Man Who Stayed at Home.
Max Huitzell (Leslie Victor), a German-American clerk in the War Office, is being blackmailed by a German spy (Norman Easty), transmitting information by wireless from his attic. The spy's adopted daughter Freda (Dorothy Cumming) falls in love with Edgar (Cyril Mackay), the son of the War Minister (John Ralston), and exposes her stepfather. Max and Edgar both enlist and meet in the Gallipoli Campaign, where Max gives his life to save Edgar.
- Cyril Mackay as Edgar Ferguson
- Leslie Victor as Max Huitzell
- Frank Harvey as Carl Heine
- Norman Estey as Heinrich Henschell
- John Ralston as Andrew Ferguson
- Dorothy Cummings as Freda Henschell
- Raymond Lawrence
- Charles Morse
- Frank East
This was the first original feature film from the theatrical company J.C. Williamson Ltd. They had become concerned with reports of American films being made from plays which they were producing in Australia, and decided to move into film production themselves.
They bought the studios of Lincoln-Cass Films in Melbourne and hired two of its staff, Maurice Bertel and W. J. Lincoln. After making two play adaptations, Williamson then decided to produce original stories, starting with Within Our Gates.
The cast were drawn from J.C. Williamson Ltd's theatrical stock company, many of whom appeared in a production of the play The Man Who Stayed at Home, on which the script was partly based. The director was English actor Frank Harvey, who moved to Australia in 1914.
The Motion Picture News called it "a really good war story, which is exceptional... Frank Harvey... deserves all the credit that can be given him for making such an interesting picture."
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