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The Penalty

The Penalty

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In a role that established him as one of the most dynamically terrifying performers of the silent screen, Lon Chaney stars in the Penalty, a grotesque thriller form director Wallace Worsley (The Hunchback of Notre Dame). When an incompetent doctor amputates the legs of a young boy, he has no idea that the youth will grow up to be the immoral and embittered Blizzard, a criminal mastermind who orchestrates a bizarre and heinous plot to avenge himself upon his malefactor. The Penalty teems with irony and sexual menace as Blizzard befriends the surgeon's daughter and serves as an artist's model for her sculptural rendition of Satan, waiting for his moment to show the depth of his demonic desires. In playing the devious Blizzard, Chaney tightly harnessed his legs within a pair of leather stumps, flawlessly rendering the physical disfigurement that so profoundly echoes the misshapen mind that drives this sadistic character toward his violent destiny. As Chaney biographer Michael Blake says, "One has to wonder if the intensity Lon brought to this role might have been due in part to the pain produced by his harness." This special Kino on Video edition is loaded with supplemental features which better one's understanding of the Penalty, Lon Chaney and the great lengths to which he went to craft such a feverishly villainous performances.

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    Title: The Penalty
    Genre: Drama-Classics (Silent Films)
    Starring: Doris Pawn, Lee Phelps, Montgomery Carlyle, Wilson Hummell, April Flowers, Claire Adams, Clarence Wilson, Wilson Hummel, J. Montgomery Carlyle
    Directors: Wallace Worsley, Wallace Worsley, Sr.
    Attributes: Silent Movie
    Release Date: 10/9/2001
    Original Year: 1920
    Product Type: DVD
    Rated: UNR
    Catalog #: 2162
    UPC: 738329021627
    Item #: KOV021627

    Technical Information

    Street Date: 10/9/2001
    Closed Caption: No
    Run Time: 93 minutes
    Studio: Kino Video