Closed Gates (1927)

Run Time - 65 min.  |  
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Closed Gate was produced by Joe Rock, a former purveyor of 2-reel comedies who yearned to break into the Big Time. Based on a novel by Manfred Lee, the story concerns the relationship between a nurse (Jane Novak) and an amnesiac soldier (John Harron). Falling in love with the boy, the nurse secretly hopes that he'll never regain his memory, lest he leave her forever. During a tour of the wards, the hospital's chairman of the board recognizes the soldier as his own cousin. As it turns out, the hero was previously a wealthy ne'er-do-well, who was responsible for the death of his sweetheart. The film shifts from a romantic drama to a tale of regeneration and forgiveness, as the now-repentant soldier is tearfully reunited with his previously hard-hearted father.

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amnesia, cousin, doctor/nurse, family, family-member, forgiveness, honor [recognition], love, repentance, reunion, romance, soldier, sweetheart, war