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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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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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Decent Chaney
12 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Outside the Law (1920)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

After her gangster father is framed and sent to jail, a young woman (Priscilla Dean) decides to take revenge and start stealing herself. This goes against the wise advice of Ah Woo, an Oriental wiseman and Black Mike Sylva (Lon Chaney) a gangster who framed her father. This Tod Browning directed gangster/moral tale has a brilliant start and finish but the big problem is the center section when the girl is hiding out with a man who she eventually falls in love with. During this middle section Ah Woo isn't in the picture nor is Chaney's Black Mike or Ah Wing, a second character he plays in the film. The moral section of the middle half lasts way too long and just isn't very interesting. The shootout at the start and end of the film are highly entertaining and look terrific. Chaney is good as Black Mike, although he's a tad bit better in The Penalty made a few years later.


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