The Penalty (1920)
The Penalty (1920)
Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.
The Penalty Videos & Photos
In one of Lon Chaney's most famous roles, he plays a criminal whose legs are accidentally amputated by a doctor in a botched operation. In order to gain the power to revenge himself on the doctor, he lets nothing step in his way to becoming the leader of the San Francisco criminal underground.
Watch it now
as Barbary Nell
as Frisco Pete
as Dr. Ferris
News & Interviews for The Penalty
No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.Login
Critic Reviews for The Penalty
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
Audience Reviews for The Penalty
This movie was very predictable, but Cheney does a great job as usual in his strange role of a criminal kingpin without legs. The romantic part of it was good too, although sometimes unintentionally funny. But then the ending was really very sad. Overall it was pretty good, but it could have been better.
Lon Chaney is truly amazing (isn't he always?) as a double amputee and the visual design of the film is simply wonderful... but the script has a severely sluggish pace with long periods where nothing happens to further the story, and the resolution is ludicrous and seems to come out of nowhere, making it anti-climatic. I recommend this to lovers of silent film as Chaney is a true wonder to behold, but others may wish to move along and view something else.
Discuss The Penalty on our Movie forum!