The Penalty (1920)
The Penalty (1920)
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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 is an absolute privlidge to watch, not only because its one of the few Lon Chaney films to survive but also one of his greatest performances. In this film he plays the crimelord Blizzard a double amputee out for revenge, after his legs are accidently cut off as a boy during a botched operation. Chaney actually tied his legs behinde him and walked on his knees in these buckets with leather straps so that he would look the part and wouldnt have to rely on trick angles. i mean he just gives each performance his absolute effort and it really shows in this picture. don't be turned away by it being a silent film as its up to par and maybe even better than sound movies today. 5/5
good flick, with interesting portrayals. I felt that each actor tried, with success, to bring their characters to life and be believable. Solid direction and camera work, though the script seemed simplistic - but that was often a hallmark of the silent age. Appropriate ending given the scenes immediately prior.
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.
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