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Outside the Law (1920)

Passed  -  Crime | Romance  -  6 January 1921 (USA)
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In this early collaboration with director Tod Browning (Dracula, Freaks), Chaney delivers a dual performance of dramatic intensity, starring as Ah Wing, a kind-hearted student of Confucian ... See full summary »

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Dapper Bill Ballard
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Black Mike Sylva / Ah Wing
Ralph Lewis ...
Silent Madden
E. Alyn Warren ...
Chang Lo
Stanley Goethals ...
That Kid
Melbourne MacDowell ...
Morgan Spencer
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Inspector
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In this early collaboration with director Tod Browning (Dracula, Freaks), Chaney delivers a dual performance of dramatic intensity, starring as Ah Wing, a kind-hearted student of Confucian philosophy, and Black Mike Sylva, a murderous rake of the San Francisco underworld. Written by Anonymous

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Tricky eyes. Dangerous smile. Exquisitely gowned. Nimble fingers. See more »

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The gang fight at the end of the film took two weeks to shoot. See more »

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The name of San Francisco's Nob Hill is misspelled "Knob Hill" in a title. See more »

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Black Mike Sylva: I knew you'd fall for that cop stuff - you dirty rat!
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Remade as Outside the Law (1930) See more »

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Another great character study by Chaney.
9 January 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Chaney is incredible in dual roles. You quickly realize that his characterizations are not just fancy make-up. He puts every fiber of his being into the roles.

The final fight scene/brawl lasts long enough to be in a Jackie Chan movie, and has a reality to it we no longer see in movies.


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