The Penalty (1920)
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Critic Reviews for The Penalty
As a double amputee, Chaney is in top form, the motif of the disenfranchised, the butchered, the mutated, the unloved outstretched in full glory here, once again, to the detriment of his own health.
Demonstrates the wonder and value of pre-digital moviemmaking: For all intents and purposes, Chaney *is* a legless man in 'The Penalty,' and the film is a documentary record of this impersonation.
Famous scene of Chaney straightening twisted legs is real plus.
Somewhat interesting for historical reasons and for Chaney's memorable performance.
The Penalty is by far one of the greatest unsung achievements of über-legend Lon Chaney
Audience Reviews for The Penalty
This movie was very predictable, but Cheney does a great job as usual in his strange role of a criminal kingpin without legs. The romantic part of it was good too, although sometimes unintentionally funny. But then the ending was really very sad. Overall it was pretty good, but it could have been better.
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