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Inside the Lines
Director: Roy J. Pomeroy (Dir)
Release Date:   20 Jul 1930
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 5 Jul 1930
Duration (in mins):   72
Duration (in feet):   6,652
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   Betty Compson (Jane Gershon)  
    Ralph Forbes (Eric Woodhouse)  
    Montagu Love (Governor of Gibraltar)  
    Mischa Auer (Amahdi)  
    Ivan Simpson (Capper)  
    Betty Carter (Lady Crandall)  
    Evan Thomas (Major Bishop)  
    Reginald Sharland (Archie)  
    William von Brincken (Chief, Secret Service)  

Summary: Jane Gershon and her fiancé, Eric Woodhouse, separate in Germany upon the outbreak of war. Later, they meet in the British fortress at Gibraltar as German spies, Jane posing as the daughter of a friend of the governor's family and Woodhouse as a British officer. Eric surprises Jane trying to obtain the key to the mine-control field in the harbor; she tries to dissuade him from destroying the British fleet; and noticing a gun covering her, he surrenders and feigns suicide. A trusted Hindu servant, Amahdi, denounces her for being a traitor to the Fatherland, threatens to kill her, and is shot by Eric before he can destroy the fleet. Jane discovers that her lover is a British agent, like herself, and they are united under one flag. 

Production Company: RKO Productions, Inc.  
Distribution Company: RKO Productions, Inc.  
Director: Roy J. Pomeroy (Dir)
Producer: William Le Baron (Prod)
Writer: Ewart Adamson (Scr)
  John Farrow (Dial)
Photography: Nick Musuraca (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Max Rée (Art dir)
Sound: George Ellis (Rec eng)
Country: United States
Language: English

Music:
Songs:
Source Text: Based on the play Inside the Lines by Earl Derr Biggers (New York, 9 Feb 1915).
Authors: Earl Derr Biggers

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
RKO Productions, Inc. 20/7/1930 dd/mm/yyyy LP1448

Physical Properties: Sd: RCA Photophone
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Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Espionage
 
Subjects (Major): English
  Courtship
  Germans
  Gibraltar
  Hindus
  Mines, Military
  Spies
  World War I

Note: Earl Derr Biggers' play also was the basis of a 1918 World Film Corp. release of the same title. That film was directed by David H. Hartford and starred Lewis Stone and Marguerite Clayton (see entry above). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   13 Jul 1930.   
Variety   9 Jul 1930.   

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