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The Shock (1923)

Not Rated | | Drama | 10 June 1923 (USA)
A gang of blackmailers sends a cripple to San Francisco to expose a banker they have been blackmailing. However, the cripple meets and falls in love with the banker's daughter.

Director:

Lambert Hillyer

Writers:

Charles Kenyon, William Dudley Pelley (story "Pit of the Golden Dragon")
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lon Chaney ... Wilse Dilling
Virginia Valli ... Gertrude Hadley
Jack Mower ... Jack Cooper
William Welsh William Welsh ... Mischa Hadley
Henry A. Barrows Henry A. Barrows ... John Cooper, Sr. (as Henry Barrows)
Christine Mayo ... Ann Cardington
Harry De Vere Harry De Vere ... Olaf Wismer (as Harry Devere)
John Beck John Beck ... Bill
Walter Long ... The Captain
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Storyline

Mysterious, sinister Wilse Dilling receives a coded message to go to the home of Queen Ann, a powerful crime boss. When Wilse meets with her, she sends him to the town of Fallbrook, where he is to await her instructions. Being practically wheelchair-bound has not stopped Dilling from committing a lengthy series of crimes, but to his surprise, he finds that the small town atmosphere makes him feel differently about everything. He finds a good friend in banker's daughter Gertrude Hadley, who helps him believe that he can make a fresh start. But Wilse's new-found contentment is soon shattered by a series of new developments. Written by Snow Leopard

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1923 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bittersweet See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,220 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$257,327
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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White | Color (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A Jewel Production. Universal, lacking a proprietary theater chain, devised a 3-tiered branding system to enable it to market its feature product to independent theater owners: Red Feather (low budget programmers), Bluebird (mainstream releases) and Jewel (prestige productions capable of drawing higher roadshow ticket prices). This branding system ended in late 1929. See more »

Goofs

At about 43:05, Wilse is crossing a room in Anne's house. He moves his bad right foot which is paralyzed throughout the film. See more »

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

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8 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Shock, The (1923)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Lon Chaney plays a cripple who has been used by a Chinatown gang to commit various crimes. He's sent away on his newest job where he falls in love with a girl but it turns out his job is to kill her father. As usual, Chaney gives a remarkable performance and I have no problem calling him one of the greatest actors ever. He perfectly captures all the right emotions for the role and his physical appearance of a cripple is remarkable. Two other highlights include a bank being blown up and an earthquake that happens in the film. The special effects are very good and the suspense and drama are very high.


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