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Inside the Lines


Inside The Lines 1930 Betty Compson, Ralph Forbes, Montagu Love, Reginald Sharland

Inside the Lines is a 1930 Pre-Code Hollywood talking film spy drama starring Betty Compson, Ralph Forbes and Mischa Auer. Directed by Roy Pomeroy (who also was the associate producer) from a screenplay by John Farrow and Ewart Adamson, which in turn was based on the 1915 Broadway play of the same name by Earl Derr Biggers. This version is a remake of the 1918 silent version, also with the same name. This film exists in the public domain after failure to renew the copyright after 27 years.


Jane Gershon is engaged to Eric Woodhouse, living in Germany prior to the onset of World War I. When the war breaks out, they are forced to separate, but are reunited months later in Gibraltar, at the British fortress there. Both are supposedly German spies with orders to destroy the British fleet, anchored in the harbor.
Not fully trusting either of them, the German government has sent another agent, the Hindu Amahdi, to ensure that their sabotage plans are carried out. Both Jane and Eric believe the sincerity of the other as a German agent. When it appears that Jane's attempt to destroy the fleet is uncovered, to save her, Eric takes the blame and seemingly commits suicide. However, when Ahmadi uncovers the truth that Jane is really a double agent for the British government, he attempts to go through with the sabotage. When he is about to kill Jane due to her treachery, Eric reappears and kills him instead, saving Jane's life. When Jane discovers that Eric is also a British double agent, they are happily reunited.


  • Betty Compson - Jane Gershon
  • Ralph Forbes - Eric Woodhouse
  • Montagu Love - Governor of Gibraltar
  • Mischa Auer - Amahdi
  • Ivan F. Simpson - Capper (*billed Ivan Simpson)
  • Betty Carter - Lady Crandall
  • Evan Thomas - Major Bishop
  • Reginald Sharland - Archie
  • Wilhelm von Brincken - chief, Secret Service
(cast list is per AFI database)</>
This film is a remake of the 1918 silent version, also titled Within the Lines, which was directed by David H. Hartford, and starred Lewis Stone and Marguerite Clayton, based on a screenplay by Monte M. Katterjohn. The silent version was produced by Delcah Photoplays, Inc. and Pyramid Film Corporation, and distributed by the World Film Company.< name=AFI2></>
In 1958, the film entered the List of films in the public domain in the United States due to the copyright claimants failure to renew the copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.<> See Note #60, pg. 143</>

See also

  • List of films in the public domain in the United States

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    Category:RKO Pictures films
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