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The Penalty

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

The Penalty: Kino Classics Special Edition [Blu-ray]

Tagline – Blizzard, master of San Francisco’s underworld, legless, deformed–the weirdest character ever presented on the screen–you’ll never forget him.

Starring – Lon Chaney (Blizzard), Charles Clary (Dr. Ferris), Doris Pawn (Barbary Nell).

Released – August, 1920

Directed By – Wallace Worsley

Produced By – Eminent Authors Pictures Incorporated, Goldwyn Pictures Corporation

Distributed By – Goldwyn Distributing Company

Description – An early American crime film that follows a gangster named Blizzard whose legs were mistakenly amputated after an accident.  Blizzard becomes a vicious criminal, and eventual mob leader, in the San Francisco underworld.

Watch Blizzard as he plots a twisted revenge against the doctor who amputated his legs.

NOTABLE:  The Penalty provided a breakout role for Lon Chaney, and helped to secure his place as one of our greatest character actors.

Against studio wishes, Chaney chose to simulate the leg amputations by having his legs tied back and wearing a very painful apparatus.  In his effort for realism, Chaney suffered permanent damage to his leg muscles.