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Outside the Law (1920)

Passed | | Crime, Romance, Thriller | 6 January 1921 (USA)
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
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Silent Madden
E. Alyn Warren ...
Chang Lo
Stanley Goethals ...
That Kid
Melbourne MacDowell ...
Morgan Spencer
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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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Was found in the estate of farmers wife Miss Bishman where a traveling man left the prints and never returned. 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 Inside Job (1946) See more »

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Two Chaney's for the price of one.
8 December 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

No need to go into the plot of this movie. I will just comment of the realism of the fight scenes, clever cutting allows both Chaney roles to be seen in rapid succession; the opportunity, as in "Ace of Hearts" to get a glimpse of 1920 fashions, decor and motor vehicles. It was interesting to see a wall-mounted light switch, as opposed to a pull-string on the lamp. Scenes in Wong Low's store also feature a ceiling; previously I had been led to believe that this was not done until, I think "The Magnificent Ambersons" (Orson Welles). Finally, it struck me that the actor, Wheeler Oakman, occasionally bore a resemblance to James Cagney both in his looks and mannerisms.Oakman had been in films since 1912, when Cagney was 13 years old.


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