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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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Tod Browning

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Gardner Bradford (titles), Tod Browning | 1 more credit »
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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
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Wilton Taylor Wilton Taylor ... Inspector
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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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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 »

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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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Average crime melodrama
7 August 2017 | by Basil33See all my reviews

As a fan of Lon Chaney since childhood, I chanced upon this film but was rather disappointed. His characterisations in this case were good but Caucasian actors just cannot convince as Chinese characters. The plot was dense and contrived. Priscilla Dean did well and carried much of the impetus of the film. Chaney was not on screen enough and his crook persona was rather one-dimensional. This film needed sound and the music was totally unsuited, it sounded like a funeral march. There is no comparison with The Unholy Three or other Browning-Chaney collaborations which had an appealing subversive quality and real sense of the macabre that was totally lacking here.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

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