The Penalty (1920)
Average Rating: 7.3/10
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Release Date: Jan 1, 1920 Wide
Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 492
Among Lon Chaney's early villainous roles was Blizzard, the criminal mastermind of this melodrama set in San Francisco's Barbary Coast neighborhood. As a young man, Blizzard was the victim of an auto accident, and a quack doctor had mistakenly ordered his legs amputated at the knees. He grows up an embittered, violent man interested only in taking revenge on the rich and powerful, especially the doctor who maimed him and is still practicing. Rose, a secret service agent (Ethel Grey Terry), is
Jan 1, 1920 Wide
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Demonstrates the wonder and value of pre-digital moviemmaking: For all intents and purposes, Chaney *is* a legless man in 'The Penalty,' and the film is a documentary record of this impersonation.
Famous scene of Chaney straightening twisted legs is real plus.
Somewhat interesting for historical reasons and for Chaney's memorable performance.
The Penalty is by far one of the greatest unsung achievements of über-legend Lon Chaney
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