A convict hiding in Chinatown assumes the identity of a cripple to track down a businessman who framed him 15 years previously. He discovers that his daughter has fallen in love with the businessman's son.
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Another Brilliant And Classic Herr Lon Chaney Performance
Last night, was another silent, bizarre and Teutonic night in the Schloss, a soirée in which "The Trap", a film directed by Herr Robert Thornby in the silent year of 1922 was shown.
This German count, thanks to his aristocratic breeding, knows very well elegant languages such as German or Teutonic but that wasn't enough to comprehend the strange language in which were written the majority of the inter-titles of this film (set in the surroundings of Canadian Northwest).
Thanks to an elderly and learned unit specializing in dead Amerikan languages whose specialty it is to decipher such strange and enigmatic letters, the film plot was revealed to this German Count. It depicts the story of Gaspard (Lon Chaney), an innocent and ignorant fur trapper. He owns a mine and loves Thalie (Dagmar Godowsky). However, he will be ultimately fooled by Benson (Alan Hale) who keeps the mine and the girl.
From that moment on, Gaspard only lives for taking revenge on both of them.
In spite the strange language that Gaspard speaks, it wasn't a problem for this German Count to enjoy another brilliant and classic Herr Lon Chaney performance. "The Trap" is a film in which his many facial expressions and body language are brilliantly displayed.
Gaspard, a good and simple man will be transformed in a fiend with no limits to accomplish his vengeance. As he said to his enemy, again according to the Amerikan dead languages experts unit: "wen you steal my mine, an' my gal, I t'ink firs' to keel you, but I know if I keel you quick, you not suffaire lak me." It seems that inner human transformation is not a problem to Herr Chaney, it's so easy for the audience to watch his acting merits. Paradoxically, Gaspard finally will be the avenged avenger, the trap trapped.
And now, if you'll allow me, I must temporarily take my leave because this German Count doesn't talk the same language.
Herr Graf Ferdinand Von Galitzien http://ferdinandvongalitzien.blogspot.com/
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