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
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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 knee muscles sustained permanent damage. See more »
Rose, my dear! Under the piano, my darling - we'll have some music. I have a feeling I shall waft you into Heaven.
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There is no cast list, but the 8 main actors and their character names are credited in the inter-titles as each appear in the film. See more »
The original release featured a short epilogue with Chaney as himself walking down a flight of stairs. It was shown simply to prove that the actor was not a real amputee. See more »
Lon Chaney - one of his best performances...great plot.
I saw this film on the big screen. From the beginning, one may get the impression that this could be one of the "been there...seen this" plots. Not true. The storyline is full of twists and turns throughout. Even the title has a twist at the end of the movie. While watching the plot unfold, I thought that it referred to the penalty the doctor and his family had to pay for the operation performed on Blizzard as a boy (Lon Chaney's character), making him handicaped...not so! Another twist is the female detective's turning from her investigation to admiration of Blizzard; the twist in the operation procedure performed on Blizzard to restore his legs; and then, the final twist at the end of the movie. Not what you would have expected...however, the final "penalty" is paid.
To sum it up...great actor and great story. Worth a repeat viewing. Rating: 9/10
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