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The Penalty (1920)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Horror | August 1920 (USA)
A deformed criminal mastermind plans to loot the city of San Francisco as well as revenge himself on the doctor who mistakenly amputated his legs.

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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. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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You'll follow the career of Blizzard - legless king of San Francisco's underworld, with breathless interest. See more »


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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. See more »

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Blizzard: Don't grieve, dear - death interests me.
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A Chaney MASTERPIECE !!!
15 August 2001 | by (S. Bound Brook, NJ.) – See all my reviews

The Immortal Lon Chaney (Sr) does it again! He plays a man who vows revenge against the doctor who "mistakenly" amputed his legs when he was a child.

This is a story of cold hatred and revenge -- much like Chaney's "West of Zanzibar".

I feel that the person who wrote the synopsis of this film gave too much away......it's better to watch it not knowing what happens.....

Chaney underwent excruciating pain, having his legs doubled up under his coat, and walking on his KNEES! (He could only do it for short periods of time).

ANYONE who dislikes silent films should watch THIS film; it's riveting right to the very end!


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