THE PENALTY 1920 THE THIEVING HAND 1908
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THE PENALTY (1920)
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THE PENALTY starring Lon Chaney, Claire Adams, Ethel Grey Terry and Charles Clary. Directed by Wallace Worsley. In one of his most chilling performances, Lon Chaney portrays Blizzard, a criminal mastermind, who is obsessed with destroying the life of a doctor who needlessly amputated his legs as a child. Blizzard sets his sights on Barbara, the doctor's innocent daughter, as the best route his revenge. Blizzard plots to loot the entire city of San Francisco using transplanted legs unwillingly provided by Barbara's fiance! An absolute tour de force for Chaney, THE PENALTY is one of the earliest films to showcase his uncanny ability to transform his body and demeanor to suit a dark and evil character!
Original piano score composed and performed by Stuart Oderman.
THE THIEVING HAND starring Paul Panzer. In this early Vitagraph short, a one-armed beggar is rewarded for a good deed with an amazing mechanical arm. He soon discovers, however, that his new arm has a mind of its own - a criminal mind, to be exact. The poor beggar soon finds the arm stealing from everyone within (pardon me) arm's reach! When his attempt to get rid of it at a pawn shop fails, he finds himself in jail where the arm promptly attaches itself to a new victim! Quite a strange and amusing little film.
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than in other films (Phantom of the Opera, London After Dark), but
Chaney's exquisite control of facial expressions in portraying a
vengeance obcessed sociopath is something to see. I enjoyed this one!
This got to be the best print copy to date, now I can see more details of the film, way better then the DVD.