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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 »

Director:

Tod Browning

Writers:

Gardner Bradford (titles), Tod Browning | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Priscilla Dean ... Molly Madden (Silky Moll)
Wheeler Oakman ... Dapper Bill Ballard
Lon Chaney ... Black Mike Sylva / Ah Wing
Ralph Lewis ... Silent Madden
E. Alyn Warren ... Chang Lo
Stanley Goethals Stanley Goethals ... That Kid
Melbourne MacDowell Melbourne MacDowell ... Morgan Spencer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wilton Taylor Wilton Taylor ... Inspector
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Storyline

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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Tricky eyes. Dangerous smile. Exquisitely gowned. Nimble fingers. See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The reference in the original ads to the film being a "Universal Jewel" didn't have anything to do with the content of the film. It was a designation Universal president Carl Laemmle put on certain films to signal that these were the most prestigious, highest-budgeted productions of his studio. See more »

Goofs

The name of San Francisco's Nob Hill is misspelled "Knob Hill" in a title. See more »

Quotes

Black Mike Sylva: I knew you'd fall for that cop stuff - you dirty rat!
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Connections

Featured in Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000) See more »

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Inside the Hype
16 April 2013 | by cstotlar-1See all my reviews

It's always great to see Lon Chaney films. In this one he plays two roles, two men at opposite ends and although his screen time is limited, he rescues the film. This is the second collaboration of Chaney and Browning and there are already seeds of further and more elaborate collaborations. Although Tod Browning had assisted D.W. Griffith some four years prior in "Intolerance" there is precious little he picked up on camera movement. In fact the camera never moves at all in this film, and after a while it begins to "feel" like filmed theater with the camera nailed to the floor and not much more. In fact, the only film I can recollect in Browning's work is where the camera actually does move during the opening scenes of "Dracula". Then, the camera work is mesmerizing but apparently Browning dismissed the cameraman and that was that. This is a film for Lon Chaney fans who will not be disappointed.

Curtis Stotlar


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

6 January 1921 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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