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The Penalty ()


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A deformed criminal mastermind plans to loot the city of San Francisco as well as revenge himself on the doctor who mistakenly amputated his legs.

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Dr. Ferris
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Barbary Nell
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Frisco Pete (as James Mason)
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Blizzard
Milton Ross ...
Lichtenstein
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Rose
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Dr. Wilmot Allen
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Barbara Ferris
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Montgomery Carlyle ...
A Crook (uncredited)
Cesare Gravina ...
Art Teacher (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Madlaine Traverse ...
Woman (uncredited)
Edouard Trebaol ...
Bubbles (uncredited)
Clarence Wilson ...
A Crook (uncredited)

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Wallace Worsley

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Gouverneur Morris ... (by)
 
Gouverneur Morris ... (adapted from his famous novel)
 
Charles Kenyon ... (scenario)
 
Philip Lonergan ... (scenario) (uncredited)

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Rex Beach ... executive producer (uncredited)
Samuel Goldwyn ... producer (uncredited)

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Don Short ... (photographed by) (as Donovan D. Short)

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J.G. Hawks ... (uncredited)
Frank E. Hull ... (uncredited)

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Clifford Robertson ... (uncredited)

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Gilbert White

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Rex Beach ... presenter
Samuel Goldwyn ... presenter / president: Goldwyn Pictures Corporation
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Plot Summary

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 Doug Sederberg

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Taglines You'll follow the career of Blizzard - legless king of San Francisco's underworld, with breathless interest. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Satan (France)
  • El hombre sin piernas (The Penalty) (Spain)
  • Kazna (Serbia)
  • El príncipe de los infiernos (Mexico)
  • Наказание (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 90 min
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Budget $88,868 (estimated)

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Trivia 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 leg muscles sustained permanent damage. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Kingdom of Shadows (1998). See more »
Crazy Credits 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 »
Quotes Blizzard: Fate chained me to evil, for that I must pay the Penalty. - That is a great puzzle. Perhaps I am going to see it solved.
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