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09.17.2021
The Penalty (1920)
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09.02.09

The Penalty (1920) Blizzard, deranged from a childhood operation in which both his legs were perhaps needlessly amputated after an accident, becomes a vicious criminal, and eventually mob leader of the San Francisco underworld. Out for revenge against the surgeon who performed his operation, he undergoes brain surgery which has a chance of altering his anti-social behavior.

Movie Tagline:
What was the secret of the tremendous power exerted by Blizzard over everybody he met? Why did Rose, the secret service operative detailed to spy on Blizzard and ferret out his secret, end by falling in love with him? Why did every crook in San Francisco tremble at his frown? Why did he hold thousands in peril of their lives? Come and see!

Title: Penalty, The
Release Date: August , 1920
Runtime: 90 mins
Genre: Crime
All Genres: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Silent
IMDB Rating: 7.6
Buried.com Rating: 8.6 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With P

MPAA Rating: Passed

Director(s):
Wallace Worsley

Cast:
Charles Clary ...Dr. Ferris
Doris Pawn ...Barbary Nell
Jim Mason ...Frisco Pete (as James Mason)
Lon Chaney ...Blizzard
Milton Ross ...Lichtenstein
Ethel Grey Terry ...Rose
Kenneth Harlan ...Dr. Wilmot Allen
Claire Adams ...Barbara Ferris
Montgomery Carlyle ...A Crook
Cesare Gravina ...Art Teacher
Lee Phelps ...Policeman
Madlaine Traverse ...Woman
Edouard Trebaol ...Bubbles
Clarence Wilson ...A Crook

Producer(s):
Rex Beach
Samuel Goldwyn

Writer(s):
Gouverneur Morris
Charles Kenyon
Philip Lonergan

More Movie Taglines:
  • What was the secret of the tremendous power exerted by Blizzard over everybody he met? Why did Rose, the secret service operative detailed to spy on Blizzard and ferret out his secret, end by falling in love with him? Why did every crook in San Francisco tremble at his frown? Why did he hold thousands in peril of their lives? Come and see!
  • Blizzard, master of San Francisco's underworld, legless, deformed--the weirdest character ever presented on the screen--you'll never forget him.
  • A picture that will set the whole town talking.
  • You'll follow the career of Blizzard
  • legless king of San Francisco's underworld, with breathless interest.
Movie Quote(s):
  • Blizzard: Fate chained me to evil, for that I must pay the Penalty.
  • Blizzard: Don't grieve, dear - death interests me.
  • Blizzard: You have worked in the dark long enough - this is the plan I have been developing for two years. Blizzard: At twelve noon on that day I shall loot the City of San Francisco. Blizzard: Your ten thousand foreign malcontents will filter into the city in small detachments. Blizzard: The signal will be an explosion. Blizzard: By fire and riots I shall draw the police and military into the suburbs. Blizzard: The heart of the city will be left defenseless - ours to loot at will. Blizzard: And then we shall vanish with our treasure.
  • Barbara Ferris: Why do you live in the underworld? Blizzard: When Satan fell from Heaven he looked for power in Hell.
Movie Trivia:
  • Lon Chaney had both of his lower legs tied back and had to walk on his kneecaps for his role as an amputee. It was so painful he could only have his legs tied back for a few minutes at a time, and his leg muscles sustained permanent damage.
  • A shot of Lon Chaney walking down stairs was put onto the end to prove the audience that he was not an amputee. It was removed from the 1926 release and the film footage is now lost.
  • Lon Chaney could wear the harness for only ten minutes before the pain became intolerable.
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Keywords:
Operation, Brain Surgery, Surgeon, Leg, Underworld  ...[more]


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