The Penalty

The Penalty

Director: Wallace Worsley Sr. Cast: Montgomery Carlyle, Wilson Hummell, Doris Pawn


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Among Lon Chaney's early villainous roles was Blizzard, the criminal mastermind of this melodrama set in San Francisco's Barbary Coast neighborhood. As a young man, Blizzard was the victim of an auto accident, and a quack doctor had mistakenly ordered his legs amputated at the knees. He grows up an embittered, violent man interested only in taking revenge on the rich and powerful, especially the doctor who maimed him and is still practicing. Rose, a secret service agent (Ethel Grey Terry), is dispatched to infiltrate Blizzard's gang, but she falls under his spell and becomes his mistress. Blizzard is himself attracted to a lovely artist who wants to paint his portrait, but she resists his advances. Ultimately, Blizzard's plan to have another man's legs grafted onto his own is thwarted when it's discovered that the long-ago accident had caused a reversible brain injury which turned him to the dark side. Rather than perform the operation on his legs, the doctor repairs Blizzard's brain, and Blizzard awakens to find that he is no longer interested in a life of crime. He marries Rose, but his criminal associates decide he must pay the ultimate penalty for his knowledge of their activities.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2001
UPC: 0738329021627
Original Release: 1920
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Video
Sound: [silent]
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 51,793

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Montgomery Carlyle Actor
Wilson Hummell Actor
Doris Pawn Barbary Nell
Lee Phelps cop
Claire Adams Barbara
Lionel Barrymore Actor
Lon Chaney Blizzard
Charles Clary Dr. Ferris
Kenneth Harlan Wilmot
Milton Ross Lichtenstein
Ethel Grey Terry Rose
Edouard Trebaol Bubble
Jim Mason Frisco Pete

Technical Credits
Wallace Worsley Director
Samuel Goldwyn Producer
Frank E. Hull Editor
Charles Kenyon Screenwriter
Philip Lonergan Screenwriter
Gouveneur Morris Screenwriter
Don Short Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Opening Titles [8:02]
2. Blizzard-Lord and Master [5:58]
3. Underworld Industrialist [8:59]
4. Youthful Passions [6:12]
5. Auditioning Satan [6:48]
6. Blizzard's Suspicions [10:03]
7. Rose's Secret Revealed [6:54]
8. Organized Chaos [9:25]
9. Blizzard's Confession [7:10]
10. The Beast Takes Action [11:18]
11. Under the Knife [3:31]
12. The Tyrant's Hand Relaxed [5:11]

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The Penalty 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being only marginally familiar with "The Penalty", but a huge fan of silent films and Lon Chaney, Sr., I purchased this DVD and, to my delight, found that this has quickly become the favorite in my collection. Kino has done an outstanding job once again; and there's tons of extras included on this DVD as well. We've already watched this movie 6 times in the past two weeks and are likely to watch it 6 more times, as well. I can't praise this film highly enough.