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The Penalty (1920) was a Drama - Silent Films Film directed by Wallace Worsley and produced by Samuel Goldwyn.

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Silent Sunday – The Penalty (1920)

By Michael on Feb 25, 2018 From Durnmoose Movie Musings

Since Sunday tends to be a day of quiet and reflection for many people, it seems an appropriate day to celebrate silent movies. But in keeping with the “day of rest” theme, I’m just going to post this without any commentary and just sit back and let you enjoy.... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE PENALTY (1920)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 13, 2017 From Virtual Virago

Part crime drama and part body horror, The Penalty (1920) helped to propel Lon Chaney to true stardom after seven years in the film business and a long roster of less memorable roles. The melodramatic adaptation of Gouverneur Morris' novel about an amputee crime lord gave Chaney the opportunity to d... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE PENALTY (1920)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 13, 2017 From Virtual Virago

Part crime drama and part body horror, The Penalty (1920) helped to propel Lon Chaney to true stardom after seven years in the film business and a long roster of less memorable roles. The melodramatic adaptation of Gouverneur Morris' novel about an amputee crime lord gave Chaney the opportunity to d... Read full article


The Penalty (1920) A Silent Film Review

By Fritzi Kramer on Apr 20, 2014 From Movies Silently

By Fritzi Kramer on April 20, 2014 in Blog, Feature, Silent Movie Review Lon Chaney as we know him really arrived with the release of this movie. It has everything we love about him: impressive makeup, criminal mischief, madness, murder and scenery chewed with rare abandon. Who wouldn’t want t... Read full article


The Penalty (1920)

By L? on Nov 15, 2013 From Critica Retro

The Penalty (1920) Quando vi a cinebiografia de Lon Chaney, “O Homem de Mil Faces” (1957) fiquei muito impressionada com a sequ?ncia, recriada com perfei??o pelo ator James Cagney, em que Lon grava uma cena do filme “The Miracle Man”, de 1919. Neste filme, Lon se faz p... Read full article


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Blizzard: Don't grieve, dear - death interests me.


Barbara Ferris: Why do you live in the underworld?
Blizzard: When Satan fell from Heaven he looked for power in Hell.


Older doctor: Good God, you should not have amputated!
Dr. Ferris: [No title but clearly mouthing the word] What?
Older doctor: You have mangled this child for life!


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Lon Chaney could wear the harness for only ten minutes before the pain became intolerable.
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.
Lichtenstein can clearly be seen mouthing the word "Damn!"
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